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Springfield, IL
Assistant Metro Editor — State Journal-Register
As seen in:  State Journal-Register
Covers:  public safety, environmental issues, k-12 education, public records, business development, politics, local government, growth, technology

Assistant Metro Editor/Projects Coordinator at The State Journal-Register (http://www.sj-r.com). Still a freelance writer too.

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.

Rising police, fire pension costs squeezing city budgets

sj-r.com — Police officers and firefighters keep cities and villages across Illinois safe, but the rising cost of their retirement benefits is putting communities in financial peril.

Draft lawsuit details former Ball-Chatham superintendent’s alleged misdeeds

sj-r.com — CHATHAM - A lawsuit the Ball-Chatham School District's attorneys drafted but never filed alleges the district's former superintendent received an $11,000 moving reimbursement for items that were never moved and had undisclosed relationships with district contractors, among other misdeeds. Bob Gillum retired from the district at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
May 08, 2014

RT @MaggieSJR: NEW DETAILS: How former Ball-Chatham superintendent Bob Gillum misspent district funds: ow.ly/wDY5k via @PetrellaReports

Prosecutors reviewing state police investigation

sj-r.com — The results of a yearlong Illinois State Police investigation into the destruction of Springfield police internal affairs files is now in the hands of the prosecutors who will determine whether any criminal charges will be filed. Director Patrick Delfino said Thursday the state's attorneys appellate prosecutor's office received a "substantial" number of files from state police investigators late last month.
May 08, 2014

Prosecutors review state police investigation of Springfield police document destruction: bit.ly/1jFU3Tt

New video gambling restrictions approved

sj-r.com — The Springfield City Council on Tuesday approved new restrictions on video gambling at licensed establishments.Under the ordinance passed by an 8-2 vote, businesses that receive their liquor licenses on or after May 31 will have to get at least 60 percent of their annual revenue from food and beverage sales if they want to offer video gaming.
May 06, 2014

Springfield City Council approves new video gambling restrictions aimed at storefront parlors: bit.ly/1kV14iN

Proposed changes to Springfield ward boundaries don’t meet consent decree rules

sj-r.com — A set of proposed changes to the new ward boundaries the Springfield City Council is considering doesn't meet legal requirements. The map could come up for a final vote Tuesday, but the latest development could delay its approval.The council has to redraw the lines of the city's 10 wards following each census, and the consent decree that governs how the city operates requires that each ward have roughly the same population.
May 05, 2014

Proposed changes to new Springfield ward map don't meet consent decree requirements: bit.ly/1iiAL1s

May 06, 2014

Ward 1 Ald. Frank Edwards wants to set a deadline to approve the map. Here's some background: bit.ly/1iiAL1s.

Final vote on new Springfield ward boundaries could come next week

sj-r.com — The Springfield City Council could vote as soon as next week on new boundaries for the city's 10 wards ahead of next year's aldermanic elections. After months of behind-the-scenes discussions, several aldermen have proposed changes to the map that was introduced in January.
May 01, 2014

Final vote on Springfield's new ward map could come Tuesday, but it's unseen if proposed changes meet requirements: bit.ly/R4knMf

Oral history project collects community college stories

sj-r.com — One of Robert Poorman's challenges as Lincoln Land Community College's first president was making sure the school provided services for students throughout its large district. "As I used to say, if you're going to take their money, you better do something for it," said Poorman, who served as the school's president from 1976 to 1988.
Apr 30, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library has launched an oral history collection on Illinois' community colleges: bit.ly/1u60Vhn

May 01, 2014

RT @ILhistory: From @PetrellaReports, a look at oral history of community colleges by @ALPLM. 1st in US was in Joliet ow.ly/wn2TR

Springfield City Council to discuss video gambling restrictions

sj-r.com — A handful of businesses that have already received the zoning approval necessary to open storefront video gambling parlors in Springfield could see their plans disrupted by a proposed restriction the city council is expected to discuss Tuesday night. Ward 6 Ald. Cory Jobe and Ward 1 Ald.
Apr 28, 2014

Springfield City Council to debate video gaming restrictions that could limit storefront gambling parlors: bit.ly/1tVzxT7

Work on Chatham Road, Wabash Avenue slowing traffic, business

sj-r.com — All the construction on Chatham Road and Wabash Avenue hasn't been good for business at The Dublin Pub. Office manager Annie Ingersoll said all she has to do is compare recent sales to previous months and years to see the effect the roadwork has had on the restaurant, which has been near the northwest corner of the intersection for about three years."It's glaringly obvious that we've definitely had a loss in sales," Ingersoll said.

City clerk’s office shares funeral-related documents with coalition

sj-r.com — Just five days after President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Springfield City Council voted unanimously to spend $20,000 to help defray the cost of his funeral back in his hometown.The original handwritten record of that vote and three others related to preparations for the 16th president's funeral are documented in a bound volume stored safely in the city clerk's vault.
Apr 24, 2014

Our story on @spfldcityclerk's donation of digitized versions of city documents related Abraham Lincoln's funeral: bit.ly/1jX9Uue

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Sep 04, 2015

RT @SJRbreaking: State of Illinois continues to hire despite lack of budget ow.ly/33FbWk

Sep 04, 2015

He previously served under Mayor Tim Davlin. RT @SJRbreaking: Barry Helmerichs named Springfield fire chief again ow.ly/33Fnen

Sep 02, 2015

RT @DougFinkeSJR: Springfield area Republicans voted "present." Democrat Sue Scherer voted for the override.

Sep 02, 2015

RT @DougFinkeSJR: House votes 68-34-9 on the union arbitration bill. Override attempt fails.

Aug 24, 2015

RT @amuhs: ICYMI Sunday: in-depth look by @JamieMunksSJR at Springfield's tortured path to a possible second lake.bit.ly/1LsOfMi

Aug 23, 2015

It turns out @bryancranston's grandfather's World War I military records survived a fire that destroyed many here in Springfield. #wdytya

Aug 23, 2015

Curious about @bryancranston's #Springfield connection? Answers coming up on at 8 p.m. on @wdytya?. sj-r.com/article/201508…

Aug 20, 2015

RT @SMTD_Online: Supplemental route changes take effect next week as students head back to school. Follow the link to see details! fb.me/2klnMXegI

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