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Commentator Mark Shields to discuss politics at Loyola

Posted by Marina Bifsha on March 27, 2011

Mark Shields

Mark Shields, a nationally known commentator and columnist from PBS NewsHour, will be speaking about recent political topics and journalism at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in Mundelein Auditorium.

Shields has worked in Washington, D.C. through the administrations of nine U.S. presidents and attended 17 national party conventions. In addition to that, he was a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics.

Loyola University Chicago Calendar has the full story:

The Loyola University College Democrats are bringing famous commentator and columnist Mark Shields from the PBS NewsHour and Washington Post to speak at Loyola. He will be discussing current topics involving politics and journalism and his experience from following over 11 presidential campaigns.

The speech will be open to the public; free with a Loyola ID and $5 without. The tickets are on sale now at CFSU front desk. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The event is sponsored by Loyola University Chicago Democrats.

Contact Kara Kwiatkowski at kkwiatkowski@luc.edu

- Marina Bifsha

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Head of 47th Ward Democrats charged with battery

Posted by marccooo on March 27, 2011

William Helm, president of the 47th Ward Democratic Organization, was arrested and charged Saturday morning with misdemeanor battery after allegedly striking a man on election night back in February, the Chicago Sun-times reports.

The 47th Ward covers the Ravenswood and Lakeview neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side.

Chicago Sun-Times has the full story:

The president of the 47th Ward Democratic Organization was arrested and charged Saturday with misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a man in a bar on election night in February.

William Helm, 47, of the 4700 block of North Lincoln, was arrested after a meeting at the ward’s Democratic headquarters Saturday morning.

The victim told police that Helm allegedly struck him on the left side of the face with a closed fist about midnight after the Feb. 22 election at the Celtic Crown Public House, 4301 N. Western. Two others also allegedly punched and kicked the victim, police said.

Reached late Saturday, Helm said he was “amazed and shocked’’ by his arrest more than a month after the alleged incident. Helm — a former Cook County Forest Preserve worker — said he was at the bar that night and witnessed an ‘‘altercation’’ involving someone he described as a longtime campaign worker. But “I had nothing to do with it. It had nothing to do with me.’’

He declined to identify the alleged victim; he said he might have been fingered because of his role as president.

“It’s politically motivated,’’ he said. “I look forward to going to court.’’

Helm is scheduled to appear in court on April 20.

In the 47th Ward election, Ameya Pawar won 51 percent of the vote , while Tom O’Donnell, Schulter’s handpicked successor and legislative affairs director to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, trailed with 44 percent.

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Loyola News Chicago recaps top stories on campus

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on March 27, 2011

Student fundraising efforts for Japan and upcoming student government elections are among the top stories this week at Loyola University Chicago.

Here’s the wrap-up from Loyola News Chicago, the weekly TV news program produced by the Newscasting and Producing class in the School of Communication:

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