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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.

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

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

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.

Business group urges more state aid for science ed

herald-review.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.

Municipalities, firefighters seek protection from lawsuits

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois Supreme Court ruling has united two groups that often are at odds when it comes to legislation pending at the Statehouse. The Illinois Municipal League and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, the state's largest firefighters union, are backing a bill they say would shield local governments and public safety employees from being sued over the way they prioritize services.

Municipalities, firefighters seek protection from lawsuits in response to court

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- An Illinois Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year has united two groups that are often at odds when it comes to legislation pending at the Statehouse. The Illinois Municipal League and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, the state's largest firefighters union, have joined forces to back a bill they say would shield local governments and public safety employees from being sued over the way they prioritize services.

Hearings begin in state, union impasse case

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and a union representing 38,000 state workers began a legal showdown Monday over whether contract talks have reached an impasse. Lawyers for the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 are arguing their cases before Sarah Kerley, an administrative law judge for the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

Hearings begin in state union impasse case

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and a union representing 38,000 state workers began a legal showdown Monday over whether contract talks have reached an impasse. Lawyers for the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 are arguing their cases before Sarah Kerley, an administrative law judge for the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

State approves 'stopgap' funding for higher education

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - In a rare showing of bipartisan cooperation amid Illinois' nearly yearlong budget impasse, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve $600 million in "stopgap" funding for higher education.

Legislature approves ‘stopgap’ higher education funding

herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - Both chambers of the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve $600 million in stopgap funding for higher education.
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Apr 29, 2016

Defense lawyers say attorney general's call to get rid of statute of limitations on child sex crimes is problematic: bit.ly/1O0bfzl

Apr 28, 2016

RT @tonyjarnold: Chicago State U President Calhoun says CSU's future is bright bc students raised their voices to lawmakers

Apr 28, 2016

RT @tonyjarnold: Provost of CSU having crowd give standing ovation to House and Senate black caucus for getting some funding for the university passed

Apr 28, 2016

RT @tonyjarnold: Quinn says when he was gov, state fully funded higher ed and scholarships for low income students: "Only way to go in Land of Lincoln"

Apr 28, 2016

RT @tonyjarnold: Former IL Gov Pat Quinn spoke to people in the crowd as ceremony starts; says he was asked to speak at ceremony https://t.pic.twitter.com/3WIWl0AAkVo/3WIWl0AAkV

Apr 28, 2016

After last week's "stopgap" #highered funding deal, Comptroller @LeslieMungerIL's office announces it's forwarding MAP grant $$$ to schools

Apr 28, 2016

Investing more early childhood education would help meet growing demand for #STEM workers in IL, @Ready_Nation says: bit.ly/24muNaz

Apr 27, 2016

RT @DHStatehouse: Story: Hastert loses his teacher pension from his time at Yorkville. dailyherald.com/article/201604… May payment won't go out. Happened today.


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