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Author James L. Merriner
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In Illinois, revelations about political corruption are never out of the headlines and newscasts. I enjoy speaking about corruption and reform, as well as broader issues of politics and history, to civic groups, historical societies, service clubs, fraternal organizations, corporate meetings, and classrooms. I often waive an honorarium for speaking to not-for-profits.


September 28, 2012. I presented a paper, "Undoing Reform: Personal PAC v. State Board of Elections," at an academic symposium on ethics and reform in Illinois government. My argument that "campaign financial reform" is a fraud and a failure was not warmly received by by the reformist audience.

March 2, 2012. I serve on a panel, "Is There a Culture of Corruption in Illinois?" at the Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, sponsored by the University of Illinois, from 9:30-11 a.m. (Can you guess my answer?)

September 29, 2010. National Press Club, Washington, D.C., 7 p.m., discussing issues of corruption at the federal level.

August 25, 2010. at 7 p.m. at the Uptown Theater in Minneapolis

August 12, 2010. "Chicago Tonight" interview, broadcast on WTTW. Watch Video:
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November 18, 2009. 7 p.m., I deliver the Fall Lecture in the Edgar Speaking Series at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston: "Will Reform Ever Come to Illinois?"

January 12, 2010. I speak at the Patty Turner Senior Center, 375 Elm Street, Deerfield, IL 60015, 847-572-2653.

January 25, 2010. I speak to Douglas Kucia's Master's of Public Policy and Administration Class at Northwestern University, 210 S. Clark St., 16th floor, Chicago, 7 p.m. Doug is using my book Grafters and Goo Goos as his text.


From the City Club of Chicago: journalist and author James Merriner discusses his new book on Governor George Ryan and the politics surrounding Governor Ryan's stopping Capital Punishment in Illinois.

Video Courtesy of CAN TV, Chicago.

Recorded October 6, 2008. Aired the week of October 27, 2008. 40 minutes.

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