About The Patriotic Dissenter

The Patriotic Dissenter is a political blog on the Chicago Now network that embodies two quotes from American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson:

1.)  "Patriotism is not a short frenzied burst of emotion, but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime."

2.) "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing." 

It is written by Paul M. Banks, a life-long news junkie who was a state finalist in the Illinois High School Youth and Government program. Banks currently owns, manages and writes The Bank.News and The Sports Bank.net, which is in partnership with Minute Media and News Now. He also hosts The IlliNation Show podcast and appears regularly as a guest on WGN's CLTV.

Banks has years of experience covering politics, as he wrote for Chicagoland for Kerry in 2004, penned the progressive blog "Chicago Blue State" on the ultra-conservative Washington Times.com website, and capped his tenure writing for the Chicago Tribune's Red Eye edition with the 2016 Presidential Election cover story.

You can reach him on Twitter @paulmbanks and via email at The Sports Bank DOT net AT Gmail DOT com