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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.

Redistricting pushed as campaign issue

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - The group behind a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would have changed the way legislative districts are drawn sent an email message to supporters Wednesday urging them to make redistricting reform an issue in this fall's races for the General Assembly.

Group urges supporters to pressure candidates on redistricting reform

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - The group behind a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would have changed the way legislative districts are drawn sent an email message to supporters Wednesday urging them to make redistricting reform an issue in this fall's races for the General Assembly.

Group urges supporters to pressure candidates on redistricting reform

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- The group behind a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would have changed the way legislative districts are drawn sent an email message to supporters Wednesday urging them to make redistricting reform an issue in this fall's races for the General Assembly.

Righter tapped for larger budget role

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- Republican state Sen. Dale Righter of Mattoon will be taking on a more prominent role in budget discussions when lawmakers return to the Capitol following the Nov. 8 election.

Edgar: Trump candidacy, Rauner money make 2016 unpredictable

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Illinois voters who aren't quite sure what to make of the current election season aren't alone. They have good company in former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, who's no stranger to political campaigns, having been first elected to the Illinois House in 1976 before going on to win four statewide races for secretary of state and governor.

Political rules out the window this year

herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - Illinois voters who aren't quite sure what to make of the current election season aren't alone. They have good company in former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, who's no stranger to political campaigns, having been first elected to the Illinois House in 1976 before going on to win four statewide races for secretary of state and governor.

Edgar: Trump candidacy, Rauner money make 2016 unpredictable

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois voters who aren't quite sure what to make of the current election season aren't alone. They have good company in former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, who's no stranger to political campaigns, having been first elected to the Illinois House in 1976 before going on to win four statewide races for secretary of state and governor.

Gill request denied by Supreme Court

herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has denied a request from David Gill that would have allowed him to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot as an independent candidate in Illinois' 13th Congressional District. Gill appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday after the U.S.

'We honor': Illinois marks first Gold Star Family Day

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Jim Frazier loves being asked about his eldest son. Illinois Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier, who had four younger siblings, was killed March 29, 2003, during an ambush in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

Gold Star Family Day adds state's honor for fallen

herald-review.com — SPRINGFIELD - Jim Frazier loves being asked about his eldest son. Jacob Frazier, an Illinois Air National Guard staff sergeant who had four younger siblings, was killed March 29, 2003, during an ambush in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
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Sep 29, 2016

Republican state Sen. @DaleRighter of Mattoon will take on larger budget role when lawmakers return to Springfield:  http://bit.ly/2dnx3N7 

Sep 28, 2016

Not sure what to make of this year's national or state elections? Former Gov. Jim Edgar is right there with you:  http://bit.ly/2dfbv3Q 

Sep 27, 2016

Kennedy on Trump complaints of Lester Holt's moderating: "When you're complaining about the referee, it means you lost the game."

Sep 27, 2016

Kennedy says Clinton "is not a natural candidate" but loves digging into details of policy and had respect of senators in both parties.

Sep 27, 2016

Kennedy says voters are burnt out on candidates of both parties making promises of change and not delivering.

Sep 27, 2016

Edgar says this is the first time he won't vote for GOP presidential candidate. Won't say who he will vote for.


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