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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Q Rhoads  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Western Springs, Illinois

-- Mark Q Rhoads on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Borr and raised in Western Springs, Illinois, Mark served as a State Senator from 1977 to 1983.

Biographical and Professional Information

A native of Western Springs, Rhoads graduated from Lyons Township High School and Loyola Unversity of Chicago in 1971. He also attended the Graduate School of Government at American University in 1973. He served in the Illinois State Senate from 1977 to 1983 and wrote editorials for ''The Chicago Sun-Times'' from 1984 to 1989. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve and taught as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1982. His articles have been published in ''The Wall Street Journal'', ''The Washington Post'', ''The Washington Times'', and ''Illinois Issues'' magazine. He was president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC in 1990 and served three years as president of the National Conference of State Societies from 1992-1993 and 2000-2002. He is the author of ''Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story: Through the Eyes of the Illinois State Society''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story Through the Eyes of the Illinois State Society
ISBN: 0915463512

Jameson Books Inc.. 2005

Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story: 150th Jubilee Chronicle of the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C.
ISBN: 0915463954

Jameson Books, Inc.. 2010

This is a colorful history of the people involved for more than a century in the doings of the Illinois State Society in Washington, D.C., as well as a narrative history of politics in Illinois and America since the Society's founding in 1854.Known as Illinois'"103rd county," the Society -- Washington's oldest -- has served as a home away from home for Illinoisans of both political parties, and the nonpolitical, living and working there. The Society's many social and charitable activities have helped diminish the partisanship often prevalent in a political capital.For political history buffs, the narrative also details the major events in Springfield and Chicago -- from Lincoln and Douglas in the 1850s to Douglas, Dirksen and Daley during recent decades -- all within the context of America's national history.Heavily illustrated, with a thousand-name index, readers will also find included biographies of famous Illinoisans in the arts, science, literature, business and sports.

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