The Illinois State Society hosted a post-election analysis on November 17th led by these distinguished scholars on the American electoral process:
- Dr. William (Bill) Schneider, Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He was CNN's senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston College and Brandeis University. Dr. Schneider is the author of Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television."
- Dr. John Mark Hansen, is the University of Chicago Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is also one of the nation's leading scholars of American politics. Dr. Hansen, whose research has focused on interest groups, citizen activism and public opinion, is the author of two books, Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America (1993) with Steven Rosenstone and Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981 (1991). Dr. Hansen's current research focuses on public opinion, public budgeting and politicians' inferences from the outcomes of elections.