The story of Illinois politics is not only colorful but also essential to our understanding of Illinois and its place in the nation and the world today. This project focuses not just on Illinois’s politicians but also on journalists, lobbyists, jurists, political aides, friends, relatives and political opponents, in other words, those behind the headlines as well as those who find themselves in them. This project focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on the state and local political scene. And while interviewees sometimes discuss the Chicago political scene, we leave the primary responsibility for that subject to Chicago institutions. There's plenty in this collection that will enlighten the serious student or catch the attention of those fascinated by Illinois politics.