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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.

No budget, no problem; Rauner to pitch next year's plan

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - A week after President Obama called for bipartisan compromise in speech before the General Assembly, Gov. Bruce Rauner will address that deeply divided body about his plan for next year's state budget - despite the fact that Illinois doesn't have a budget for the current fiscal year.

House Democrats revive union arbitration bill

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Illinois House Democrats have revived an effort that would send stalled contract talks to binding arbitration and prohibit a state worker strike or lockout. The move comes after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration took steps to have negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees declared at an impasse.
Feb 11, 2016

Preventing strike or lockout or changing the rules mid-game? That's how Democrats and Republicans portray bill: bit.ly/1mvH1fH

House Democrats revive bill to send contract talks to arbitration

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois House Democrats have revived an effort to send stalled contract talks to binding arbitration. The move comes after Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has taken steps to have negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees declared at an impasse.

Lawmakers welcome Obama's message of civility amid impasse

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - The ongoing budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans in Illinois was on the minds of many lawmakers Wednesday as they listened to President Barack Obama's address to the General Assembly about building a "better politics." Obama didn't offer specifics for resolving the deadlock, now in its eighth month.

Lawmakers welcome Obama's message of civility amid impasse

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - The ongoing budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans in Illinois was front of mind for many lawmakers Wednesday as they listened to President Barack Obama's address to the General Assembly about building a "better politics."
Feb 10, 2016

And here's what lawmakers, a couple of whom President Obama mentioned by name, thought of his speech: bit.ly/1XjT9Ok

Updated: Obama returns to Springfield to call for ‘better politics’

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - President Barack Obama returned to Springfield on Wednesday to call on members of the Illinois General Assembly to work together toward a less divisive, more civil politics. The speech, delivered nine years to the day after Obama launched his White House bid on the steps of the Old State Capitol, came amid an unprecedented state budget impasse between first-term Republican Gov.
Feb 10, 2016

Here's more on what @potus had to say during his return to Springfield today to call for "a better politics": bit.ly/20WBzSK

Lawmakers welcome Obama's message

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- The ongoing budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans in Illinois was front of mind for many lawmakers Wednesday as they listened to President Barack Obama's address to the General Assembly about building a "better politics."

Obama returns to Springfield to call for ‘better politics’

herald-review.com — President Barack Obama returned to Springfield on Wednesday to call on members of the Illinois General Assembly to work together toward a less divisive, more civil politics. The speech, delivered nine years to the day after Obama launched his White House bid on the steps of the Old State Capitol, came amid an unprecedented state budget impasse between first-term Republican Gov.

Obama returns to Springfield to call for ‘better politics’

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- President Barack Obama returned to Springfield on Wednesday to call on members of the Illinois General Assembly to work together toward a less divisive, more civil politics. The speech, delivered nine years to the day after Obama launched his White House bid on the steps of the Old State Capitol, came amid an unprecedented state budget impasse between first-term Republican Gov.

Obama returns to Springfield to call for ‘better politics’

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Feb 12, 2016

RT @bschoenburg: sj-r.com/opinion/201602… My column today: Bourne gets more than $250,000 in help from state GOP; Ivan Moreno new for AP at Statehouse

Feb 11, 2016

Preventing strike or lockout or changing the rules mid-game? That's how Democrats and Republicans portray bill: bit.ly/1mvH1fH

Feb 11, 2016

More on Illinois House Democrats' efforts to revive send stalled @afscme31 contract talks to arbitration: bit.ly/1o2Wx3T.

Feb 11, 2016

So much for bipartisan compromise. House committee approves bill to send contract talks to arbitration on party-line vote. Story to come.

Feb 11, 2016

Before the hearing has started, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has distributed a statement saying, "Our taxpayers can't afford it."

Feb 11, 2016

The House Labor & Commerce Committee is about to meet to discuss a revived effort to send stalled contract talks to arbitration.


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