Andy Shaw is Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a>.<br />
An award-winning Chicago journalist who spent 35 years covering politics, business, education and day-to-day news at the City News Bureau, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC 5 and ABC 7, he retired as ABC 7's political reporter in January 2009, after covering the Obama inauguration.<br />
He and his wife Mary also run the Windy City Urban Inn, a bed and breakfast in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. They have three daughters: Kate, a lawyer at the White House; Elizabeth, an administrator for the New Orleans Recovery School District and Emily, a graduate student at the University of Illinois. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, and received a BS in psychology from UIC, the University of Illinois at Chicago.