Hilary Gowins is the Director of Content Strategy for the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market, libertarian research group. Hilary also writes about a broad range of topics including Chicago food truck and food cart laws, criminal justice reform, and budget and tax issues. Hilary has received two Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club, as well as a PR News Award for her writing. Before joining the Institute, Hilary was a reporter at the Northwest Herald, where she covered local government and wrote enterprise stories focusing on politics at the state level. During her time at the Northwest Herald, she was awarded an Illinois Press Association award for feature writing. Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Kenyon College and her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.