Below from Charles Wheelan.......
Why I'm running for Congress:
I'm running for Congress in the 5th District of Illinois to replace Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who is resigning to serve as Barack Obama's chief of staff.
Why? Well, the short answer is that as a policy guy, this seems like a unique time to "walk the walk." I've been working on public policy issues ever since I graduated from college.
But given what is going on in the world, there is only so much anyone can do from the sidelines. Whether it is the financial crisis at home, or instability abroad in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, this is the time when good policy matters more than at any point in my lifetime.
But it's also a remarkably hopeful time. Barack Obama will arrive in Washington with an amazing potential to change the trajectory of the country. But nothing about that will be easy. In fact, when the excitement of the campaign meets the reality of governing, we're going to have some hard decisions to make. I'd like to be a part of that process.
More about Charles Wheelan:
Charles Wheelan is a lecturer in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He teaches several master's level courses on understanding the policy process, and was voted Professor of the Year in a Non-Core Course by the Harris School student body for the 2004-'05 academic year.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, Wheelan was Director of Policy and Communications for Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business-backed civic group promoting healthy regional growth in the Chicago area.
From 1997 to 2002, he was the Midwest correspondent for The Economist, where his story on America's burgeoning ex-convict population was the August 10, 2002, cover story. He has also written for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Wheelan's first book, "Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science," was published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2002. An accessible and entertaining introduction to economics for lay readers, it was released in paperback in September 2003 and has been published in seven languages. He's also the author of a series of essays on Chicago that accompany the photographs of renowned landscape photographer Terry Evans in the book "Revealing Chicago: An Aerial Portrait." He's currently working on a public policy textbook.
Wheelan is also a regular contributor to the "Motley Fool Radio Show" on National Public Radio and to the "Eight Forty-Eight" program on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.