This week, our publisher, Mike Fourcher, sat down with two clued-in Chicago politicos: Mike Noonan and Victor Reyes. You might know them as the co-founders of the Roosevelt Group, a public affairs and lobbying firm that works in both Chicago and Springfield. In this hour long special episode, Reyes and Noonan talk about the upcoming gubernatorial race, ongoing dysfunction in Springfield, and reflect on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term in office following a year in turmoil over fractured community-police relations in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video release.
A former assistant and director of intergovernmental affairs under Mayor Richard M. Daley, Reyes later created and managed the now-defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO). Noonan, a native of the South Suburbs, worked under Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan, and managed a slew of local races, including Lisa Madigan’s 2012 election for Illinois Attorney General and John Stroger’s 2006 election for Cook County Board President.