Chicago Political Analyst, Professor Paul Green Dies at 73

CHICAGO (CBS) — Longtime Chicago political analyst, author and professor Paul Green has died at the age of 73.

Paul Green was the Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University.

“At Roosevelt, we know him as someone with such a strong supporter of his students and a mentor to his junior colleagues, and just a thoughtful colleague to everyone,” Bonnie Gunvenhauser, dean of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University tells WBBM Radio’s Nancy Harty. “He never really seemed happier than when he was telling me about some alum who had gotten a fantastic new job in politics, or with the Mayor’s office, or even outside of politics.”

Green died suddenly at his home over the weekend.

Professor Green was also a radio political analyst on WGN Radio, guest columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, and the author of several books and articles on Illinois and Chicago politics.

His latest publications, co-authored with Mel Holli, are entitled World War II Chicago and The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition, 3rd edition.  He was working on an edition of that book when he died. “[colleagues] have already offered to see what they can do to work on the final edition of that book and get it to print,” Gunvenhauser said.

Professor Green was frequently quoted and interviewed by the national news organizations for his views on the American political scene. His name appears frequently as an expert in news stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. He has also lectured at universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa and was one of a few American academics/ journalists to travel with the candidates for British Prime Minister in 1997.

Paul is also a former elected official. He served as Monee Township Supervisor from 1977 to 1983.

Paul received his BA at the University of Illinois in History and Political Science and his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He is married to Sharon Green, Director of Programs and Strategic Planning—Institute for Women’s Health at Northwestern University. They have two adult children.

Outside of the classroom and off of the political scene, Gunvenhauser says, “Paul really was a friend to all, and in addition to all of his accomplishments, he was a generally good guy with a great since of humor, and Roosevelt is going to shine dimly without him walking the halls.”

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