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Who Can Beat Obama? Ask Illinois.

Illinois Policy Institute political experts available for interviews about March 20 Illinois presidential primary

CHICAGO, March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Illinois Policy Institute:

WHAT: On March 20, Illinois voters will select who they think can best beat President Obama in November. The country will be watching, because no electorate knows Obama and his big-government, high-tax policies better than Illinois.

Political experts from the free market Illinois Policy Institute are available for interviews about the presidential race in Obama's home state, and why the Illinois primary will be one of the most definitive stops in the election.

EXPERTS: John Tillman, CEO  Kristina Rasmussen, Executive Vice President View headshots and interviews here:

TALKING POINTS: *** Illinois voter population represents a cross-section of America: urban Chicago, suburban, downstate and rural areas.

*** Illinois is a microcosm of the United States. Many of the policies President Obama has championed have been implemented in Illinois.

*** Illinois has 69 delegates. Presidential candidates won't have an opportunity to amass as many delegates from a single state until the New York primary in late April.


JOHN TILLMAN is a go-to source in Chicago for political commentary on state and national issues. His mastery of tax and budget matters have made him a regular on Chicago ABC, NBC and CBS TV news, as well as FOX Chicago, Chicago Tonight on PBS, and WLS talk radio.

John is a frequent guest on FOX Business News, and has appeared on FOX News Channel and other national outlets. He has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and interviewed on NPR and the BBC. John has served as CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute since 2007. He is an entrepreneur and former businessman. In 2011, John won the Roe Award for his leadership, innovation and accomplishments in public policy and, most recently, he received a 2011 Templeton Freedom Award for Excellence in Promoting Liberty.John and his family reside in Chicago's north suburbs.View interviews here:

KRISTINA RASMUSSEN is a fierce tax watchdog who has her finger on the pulse of politics both in Illinois and nationally. She has fought against egregious government spending in President Obama's home state and on Capitol Hill. Beyond her deep knowledge of budget and tax issues, Kristina has a knack for understanding the mood of the public and political players.She has been published in the Washington Post, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, National Review Online, Investor's Business Daily and The Hill, among other publications. She has appeared on FOX Business News, CNN, C-SPAN, as well as many of Chicago's top TV stations and radio programs.Kristina has served as Executive Vice President of the Illinois Policy Institute since 2009. Prior to working at the Institute, Kristina was director of government affairs at the National Taxpayers Union.

Kristina, her husband and twin baby girls live in Springfield, minutes away from the Illinois state capitol.

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