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Dan Petrella

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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.

Federal court to hear Gill’s request for ballot spot

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday on whether the Illinois State Board of Elections should be ordered to print David Gill's name on the Nov. 8 ballot as an independent candidate in the 13th Congressional District.

Federal court to hear Gill’s request for ballot spot

herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the Illinois State Board of Elections should be ordered to print David Gill's name on the Nov. 8 ballot as an independent candidate in the 13th Congressional District.

Rauner seeks ‘normalcy’ for children in DCFS care

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order and a pair of bills aimed at providing normalcy for the roughly 16,000 children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The executive order requires that the department no longer use the terms "ward of the state" or "ward of the department" to refer to children in its care.

Madgian decries governor's 'extreme agenda' at state fair's Democrat Day

herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - A day after Republicans largely avoided mentioning their party's presidential candidate during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Democrats on Thursday lauded candidate Hillary Clinton and sought to tie Gov. Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP to Donald Trump.

Democrats vow to stand up to ‘extreme agenda’ of Rauner, Trump

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - A day after Republicans largely avoided mentioning their party's presidential candidate during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Democrats on Thursday lauded candidate Hillary Clinton and sought to tie Gov. Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP to Donald Trump.

Democrats vow to stand up to ‘extreme agenda’ of Rauner, Trump

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - A day after Republicans largely avoided mentioning their party's presidential candidate during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Democrats on Thursday lauded candidate Hillary Clinton and sought to tie Gov. Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP to Donald Trump.

Democrats vow to stand up to 'extreme agenda' of Rauner, Trump

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- A day after Republicans largely avoided mentioning their party's presidential candidate during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Democrats on Thursday lauded candidate Hillary Clinton and sought to tie Gov. Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP to Donald Trump.

Updated: Illinois GOP frames election as choice between reform, status quo

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gathering in Springfield for Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Republicans attempted to frame November's election as a simple choice between reform and the status quo. That was Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider's message to the party faithful at a breakfast Wednesday morning at a downtown hotel and later during a rally at the state fairgrounds.

Illinois GOP frames election as choice between reform, status quo

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- As they gather in Springfield for Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Republicans are attempting to frame November's election as a simple choice between reform and the status quo. That was Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider's message to the party faithful at a breakfast this morning at a downtown hotel that featured speeches from Gov.

Illinois GOP frames election as choice between reform, status quo

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - As they gather in Springfield for Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Republicans are attempting to frame November's election as a simple choice between reform and the status quo. That was Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider's message to the party faithful at a breakfast Wednesday morning at a downtown hotel that featured speeches from Gov.
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Aug 23, 2016

Gill gets day in court Wednesday in suit challenging signature requirement for independent congressional candidates:  http://bit.ly/2bDe3t4 

Aug 19, 2016

Rauner executive order will eliminate phrase "ward of the state" from DCFS lexicon and replace with "youth in care." https://t.co/ui1n0IA0MA

Aug 19, 2016

.@GovRauner gets ready to sign bills and an executive order to provide "normalcy" for children in the care of DCFS. https://t.co/MVSGjylVwv

Aug 18, 2016

More on Democrat Day at the state fair, where leaders vowed to stand up to the "extreme agenda" of Trump and Rauner:  http://bit.ly/2bq8SOj 

Aug 18, 2016

Lang says if voters turn out, Democrats will win up and down the ticket.


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