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Mark L. Shaw

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Mark L. Shaw
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Former candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 58
Bachelor'sPurdue University, 1984
J.D.Indiana University, 1988
ProfessionLawyer, Pharmacist
Campaign website
Mark L. Shaw was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 58 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Shaw earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Purdue University and his J.D. from Indiana University. He is also a Certified Arbitrator.[1][2]

Shaw has served as the Special Counsel for Lake Forest Caucus, the Lake Forest Plan Commissioner, and the Special Counsel for Cook County Hospital. He is the Chairman of the West Deerfield Township Republican Organization and a Republican 10th Congressional District State Committeeman.[3]


Campaign themes


Shaw's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Taxes & Spending
Excerpt: "Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Punishing the people who create revenue through taxation is the fastest way to destroy an incentive-based economy."
  • Jobs & The Economy
Excerpt: "I will reverse the harmful legislation that drives jobs and businesses out of Illinois. I will work with job-creating Illinois manufacturing industries to expand their worker training and apprentice programs to the northern suburbs."
  • Pension Insolvency
Excerpt: "For the last 30 years, Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan approved every pension increase, perk and loophole promoted by the public employee labor unions who fill his political campaign bank accounts with millions of dollars. Now the Illinois public pension system is bankrupt, and Madigan wants to increase suburban homeowners’ property taxes to make up for part of the $80 billion deficit. I will never vote to approve that."
  • State Debt & Education Funding
Excerpt: "Education in Illinois is underfunded because legislators borrowed billions of dollars to finance excessive Medicaid, pension and welfare programs that are unsustainable. ...If we are to lower suburban property taxes, we must force Springfield and Chicago to balance the books so that we can fully fund our schools and guarantee a good education for future generations."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shaw ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 58. He filed as a petition candidate after the March 20 Republican primary and was defeated by Scott Drury (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Drury 55.9% 27,295
     Republican Mark L. Shaw 44.1% 21,552
Total Votes 48,847


Shaw has a wife, Lynn, and a child, A.J. Shaw also is a cub scout master and a former soccer coach in Lake Forest, IL. He assists with the Lake County Teen Court and is on the Lake Forest Open Lands Association.[1][2]

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