Marj Halperin

News, politics, and community have been the touchstones of Marj Halperin’s career as a strategic communications professional. She has more than a few decades of public sector experience targeting messages to audiences as an award-winning journalist, government reformer, campaign strategist, community activist, arts advocate, and PR professional. Marj has served as WGN Morning News Democratic Analyst since 2008. Her political commentary has also been featured on WLS radio, WBEZ, CTV Toronto, Los Angeles Public Radio, Radio New Zealand, and even Fox News. Communications Lead and Executive Committee member for the grassroots alliance Indivisible Chicago, she’s also co-founder of Indivisible’s Blue Beginning chapter, organizing activists to march, canvass, vote, and stand up for progressive change. Her day job? Executive VP and Partner at Hawthorne Strategy Group. For more information, visit hawthornestrategy.com.

George Pearson

George Pearson is a former United States Sailor who served as the Executive Director of the Will County Republican Central Committee. He has worked as a Republican campaign manager and strategist for multiple federal, state and local races. Pearson, a recipient of both the Tim O’Shea Academic and Leadership awards, has been a contributing commentator and analyst on WGN-TV since 2018. His political commentaries have also been featured on AM560 The Answer, The Talk of Chicago WVON 1690 and ABC 7 Chicago.


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