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Springfield, IL
Springfield Bureau Chief, Lee Enterprises Newspapers
Covers:  public safety, environmental issues, k-12 education, public records, business development, politics, local government, growth, technology

Springfield bureau chief for Lee Enterprises newspapers, covering Illinois government from the Capitol.

What was your first job as a journalist?

My first full-time job was covering Riverside, Ill., for a semi-weekly called Suburban Life.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I used to use one all the time in grade school.

How is social media changing news?

It adds to the immediacy of information, which is incredibly powerful, but it also increases the chances of getting things wrong.

Legislative panel recommends keeping open Kewanee juvenile facility

pantagraph.com — Efforts to keep open a juvenile detention facility in northwestern Illinois may have gotten a boost Tuesday from a legislative panel. The General Assembly's bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted against recommending the closure of the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee.

Lawmakers must act on amendments this week

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Democratic lawmakers say they're hoping for bipartisan support for a proposal that would do away with the Illinois Constitution's flat tax requirement. That's one of several proposed changes to the state constitution both chambers of the General Assembly must approve by week's end in order for voters to have their say this fall.

Lawmakers must act on amendments this week

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- Democratic lawmakers say they're hoping for bipartisan support for a proposal that would do away with the Illinois Constitution's flat tax requirement. That's one of several proposed changes to the constitution both chambers of the General Assembly must approve by week's end in order for voters to have their say this fall.

Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say

Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say
jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- When it comes to state income taxes, Illinois is something of an outlier. Of the 43 states that tax personal income, Illinois is one of only eight that charge residents the same rate regardless of how much they earn. As the Democratic-controlled General Assembly and Republican Gov.

Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say

Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say
thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - When it comes to state income taxes, Illinois is something of an outlier. Of the 43 states that tax personal income, Illinois is one of only eight that charge residents the same rate regardless of how much they earn. As the Democratic-controlled General Assembly and Republican Gov.

Business group urges more state aid for science ed

Business group urges more state aid for science ed
pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - A group of business leaders is calling on Illinois to invest more in early childhood education to address a widening gap between the number of available jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math and the number of applicants qualified to fill them.

Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say

Graduated tax good idea for Illinois, experts say
pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - When it comes to state income taxes, Illinois is something of an outlier. Of the 43 states that tax personal income, Illinois is one of only eight that charge residents the same rate regardless of how much they earn. As the Democratic-controlled General Assembly and Republican Gov.

Attorney general urges sex crime time limit abolition

Attorney general urges sex crime time limit abolition
herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - After former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for violating banking laws in an attempt to cover up decades-old sexual abuse allegations, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes against children.

Defense lawyers: Keep statute of limitations on child sex crimes

Defense lawyers: Keep statute of limitations on child sex crimes
pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - After former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday for violating banking laws in an attempt to cover up decades-old sexual abuse allegations, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes against children.

Eliminating statute of limitations on child sex crimes problematic, defense lawyers say

Eliminating statute of limitations on child sex crimes problematic, defense lawyers say
jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- After former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for violating banking laws in an attempt to cover up decades-old sexual abuse allegations, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes against children.
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May 03, 2016

Sen. Bill Brady's proposal to address succession concerns in amendment to eliminate the lieutenant governor's office defeated in committee

May 03, 2016

A constitutional amendment to protect transportation funds from being swept for other purposes has passed in Senate Executive Committee.

May 03, 2016

The $454 million in additional #highered funding would be paid for by forgiving repayment of money borrowed from special funds last year.

May 03, 2016

It appears the Illinois Senate is working on a new plan to get even more funding to #highered following last month's "stopgap."

May 03, 2016

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is recommending against the closure of the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee.

May 03, 2016

It's make-or-break time in the General Assembly for many proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution: bit.ly/1Nj9LFE


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