Dean Koldenhoven watched the mosque controversy in Plainfield with interest over the last few weeks. “It always starts out as a zoning fight, usually about parking, traffic and safety,” he observed, “but it’s really about the Muslims themselves.”Koldenhoven was the mayor of Palos Heights in 2000. He was a proud Christian, the owner of a masonry business, and a man who felt close to the people in his community.
Back around the turn of the century, I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan what was important to him. I said, in a rather impertinent manner, that Madigan had been in office about 30 years (he was first elected to the Illinois House in 1971) and I couldn’t think of anything of note he had accomplished. There was no government building, no major highway, no single social cause with which he was associated. “What is it that you have accomplished?” I asked.
About 15 million people are victimized by identity theft each year and billions of dollars are stolen by the thieves behind these crimes. But who cares? Why does law enforcement seem to throw its hands up in the air whenever consumers report a case of identity theft? Well, the answer to the last question can be found in the first sentence of this column. There are so many people reporting so many incidents of identity theft that law enforcement agencies can’t keep up with them all.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".