No More.

Women understand political currency is a delicate mix of connections, favors and power. But we’ve learned the game is fixed, and now, we’re creating our own rules. We’re declaring the halls of the state Capitol and City Hall are rightfully our places, too.
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Kerry Lester, Author

Kerry Lester is an award winning journalist and author. A former Associated Press bureau chief at the state Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, she’s also worked as a political editor and columnist for the Daily Herald, and as a staff writer for the Chicago Catholic.

Inspired to pursue a journalism career after graduating from Villanova University, Kerry earned a graduate’s degree at the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she reported on the Troubles as an intern at one of the city’s two dailies, the Irish News.

Named repeatedly as one of the Best State Capitol Reporters in America by the Washington Post, she’s also been called one of Chicago’s 20 most powerful women in journalism. Kerry’s proudest of a four-year series on a 2008 knife attack by a suburban Chicago student on a teacher. That series examining school safety standards prompted a 2012 change in Illinois law.


Pat Byrnes, Illustrator

Pat Byrnes is a Chicago-based cartoonist for The New Yorker, with two published anthologies of his works, What Would  Satan Do? and Because I’m the Child Here and I Said So. He is the author of Captain Dad: The Manly Art of Stay-at-Home Fatherhood, illustrator of Eats Shoots & Leaves Illustrated Edition, and inventor of the patented Smurks® emotional index.

About No, My Place

Illinois women understand well that political currency is a delicate mix of connections, favors and power. They’ve also learned that the game is fixed, one that puts them, more often than not, in no-win situations. No, My Place collects the harassment stories of a diverse and powerful group of Illinois women that includes the Cook County State’s Attorney, Chicago’s City Clerk, and numerous members of the General Assembly, lobbyists and political consultants. While the details of each story vary, not a single woman who experienced harassment felt that there were appropriate mechanisms in place to report and address a problem. They agreed to speak up in order to help drive the change they believe is so necessary.


After he’d had a few drinks, he put his hand on my leg and invited me up to his room. …a lot of men in Springfield behave like that because they believe it’s the norm, and they don’t believe there’s any chance they’ll be reprimanded.

Theresa Mah

Illinois State Representative