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Mark Rhoads
Illinois and Virginia
Former Illinois State Senator, editorial writer, public relations and public affairs consultant
Interests: world history, american history, illinois history, american revolution, movies about history
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By Mark Rhoads At right Sen. Mark Kirk of illinois talks with Commander Jess Porter and Chief of the Boat David C. DiPietro at the annual Illinois Statehood Day event on Dec. 3, 2014. The new submarine will be the... Continue reading
Once again, what these pollsters claim is a sample of "likely Republican voters" is more suited to a general election rather than a primary so Rauner gets a bounce from name recognition from advertising. No pollster limits his sample to only people who have voted in a previous GOP primary which would be the only valid indicator and that is the fatal flaw in all polls for primaries in Illinois. The pollsters do not want to admit that it is just too expensive for them to get the sample they really need to get.
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Even a person who might be in favor of "gay marriage" should still worry when a Federal Judge so casually usurps the power of a state to make its own laws by changing the effective date of a bill passed by the legislature. This arrogant judge has acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner to advance her own social agenda with no pretense at all of following the United States Constitution. Some day maybe sooner rather than later the Left Wing in America will regret its radical embrace of arbitrary power by the federal judiciary. Some day the shoe might be on the other foot and the Left will scream if a conservative judge changes a law passed by the legislature such as advancing the date of a bill to restore abortion to the list of homocide crimes.
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Former Illinois State Senator Mark Q. Rhoads has written a history of Illinois from the unique perspective of the members and events of the Illinois State Society in Washington, DC from 1854 to 2012. For more information or to order... Continue reading
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Sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) help present the Illinois State Society wreath at the tomb of Gen. John A. Logan on Monday, May 27, 2003. Gen. Logan was he founder of Memorial Day when he issued General Order... Continue reading
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See 9 actors play the roles of characters from Illinois history. The video is 52 minutes. CLICK HERE to see the video. Continue reading
The bill is for primary elections only. Correct? The federal constitutional amendment of 1972 is 18 for elections for federal office. So how does this tip the balance between the parties if it only tips the balance in favor of Hispanics in Democratic (mostly) primaries? What am I missing about this bill?
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To see how to order a new book on Illinois history by Mark Rhoads The book title is Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story through the Eyes of the Illinois State Society. The ISBN is 9780915463954 CLICK HERE. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2012 at Mark Quentin Rhoads
People sometimes forget that before Doug Whitley became president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, he was for many years the excutive director of the Taxpayers Federation of Illinois and in that capacity he was a solid advocate for taxpayers in Illinois at the individual level as well as for businesses.
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Once you start down the road of state-approved gambling, there is always pressure to approve more of the same because the gambling industry is a powerful lobby and the lawmakers are amoral about any negative consequences on Illinois citizens because they spend so much they will always be desperate for any chance at new revenue and any source of campaign contributions. Shame on the conscienceless GOP lawmakers in particular.
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Its not too late to take part in another charade that pretends to be a real state Republican convention of the hacks, by the hacks, and for the hacks. Illinois Republicans had real conventions before 1990 when the rights of primary voters were stolen in the middle of the night by Al Jourdan and Jim Thompson. The Illinois Republican State Central Committee will never again be a legitimate party unless or until they restore the rights of all GOP primary voters to directly elect state central committee members as all GOP voters had from 1920 to 1988. The petty un-elected wannabe bosses have been back in the saddle for the last 20 years and the result is a party that cannot win any elections and is not worth supporting and will never be worth supporting until it respects the rights of all party voters and not just the unelected so-called leaders who are afraid to face the voters or be accountable to anyone.
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Congressman Ray LaHood (right) from Peoria was president of the Illinois Sate Society from 1996 to 1998. In 2009, President Obama appointed LaHood to be Secretary of Transportation. William Daley of Chicago (left) served as Secretary of Commerce under President... Continue reading
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Congressman J. Dennis Hastert (R-Elgin) was president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1992 to 1994. In 1999, the Illinois State Society hosted a special reception at the Library of Congress to honor Hastert on his election... Continue reading
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Throughout its 158-year history, the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., known as the Illinois State Association before 1917, has been famous for its sociability and generous hospitality. The great American humorist Mark Twain was the most famous son of... Continue reading
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By Mark Rhoads Herbert Walton Rutledge was president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1919 to 1923. In 1922, Rutledge was also elected president of the association of all state societies in Washington, DC then called the... Continue reading
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Oscar J. Ricketts was President of the Illinois State Association 1900 – 1901 and served again as President of the re-named Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1917 to 1919. An ally of Congressman "Uncle Joe Cannon" from Danville,... Continue reading
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By Mark Rhoads We have not yet recovered all the names of our society presidents from 1854 to the present year, but if you click here, we do have names of 98 presidents from 1867 to 2012. Here are some... Continue reading
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By Mark Rhoads Charles A. Lindberg became America's first super star celebrity of the Jazz Age when he flew alone across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris in May 1927 to win the Orteig Prize. Although newspapers of... Continue reading
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By Mark Rhoads On April 18, 1775, two riders set out from Boston to alert other riders and the militia leaders of Massachusetts towns that British regular troops were marching toward Concord to confiscate muskets and gun powder. One rider... Continue reading
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By Mark Rhoads A few years ago I wrote a series of about 200 profiles of famous people from Illinois who in general were a source of pride to the state history in my opinion. I still get a lot... Continue reading
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By Mark Rhoads Alumni clubs for Illinois colleges and universities offer a great chance to have fun with people who have a common interest. Here are some of our clubs: CLICK HERE FOR UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS DC ALUMNI CLUB CLICK... Continue reading
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Mark Q. Rhoads at left and Susan Eisenhower welcome visitors from Kyoto, Japan to the 1993 National Cherry Blossom Festival Ball in Washington, DC. Mark was one of four directors of the festival that year. Left to Right: Hon. Denis McLean, Ambassador of New Zealand to the United States, Mark Rhoads, and radio talk show host Doug Stephan at the 1993 International Platform Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2009 at Mark Quentin Rhoads
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Curriculum Vitae Mark Q. Rhoads has a strong background in writing, journalism, government affairs, and public relations. He studied at Loyola University of Chicago, The George Washington University, and the American University Graduate School of Government. In 1982 he taught as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve where he was editor of a command newspaper in Chicago. Mr. Rhoads was elected to serve as an Illinois State Senator (R-Cook County) for six years from 1977 to 1983. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2009 at Mark Quentin Rhoads
Mark Rhoads has shared their blog IllinoisStateSociety
Oct 16, 2009
Mark Rhoads has shared their blog Illinois State Society of Washington, DC
Oct 16, 2009