Dick Simpson: Expert in the News

Dick Simpson, professor in the Department of Political Science and former Chicago alderman, frequently appears as a featured expert in news stories covering state and city government, politics and corruption. 

In media coverage:

Simpson discussed political patronage in Illinois during a panel segment on WTTW-TV's "Chicago Tonight" last night. Watch the full “Chicago Tonight” segment.         

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted Simpson on how the CPS teacher firings and the city's bond downgrading will politically affect Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  Read the entire Chicago Sun-Times article.                   

Simpson was interviewed by Fox Chicago News about State Rep. Deb Mell succeeding her retiring father, Richard, as 33rd Ward alderman on the Chicago City Council.  Watch the full Fox interview. 

Simpson is quoted in a column by the Chicago Tribune's John Kass about Illinois and Chicago public officials who have followed family members into elected office. For Tribune digitalPlus members, read the full Chicago Tribune column.

Simpson published an op-ed on Progress Illinois on the role of citizens, activists and scholars in tackling the housing, education, health and debt crisis taking place in urban and metropolitan areas and forcing government officials to make change. Read the full Progress Illinois op-ed. 

Simpson is cited in a Chicago Tribune article for his confrontation of Mayor Richard J. Daley on nepotism at a City Council meeting while he was an alderman in 1971. Read the entire Chicago Tribune article.

Simpson addresses the recent patronage debate between Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic governor candidate Bill Daley in an article by the Chicago Tribune