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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.

SIU, ISU grad named state historian

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD -- As a history major at Illinois State University in Bloomington in the late 1990s, Samuel Wheeler was a self-described "library rat." Leafing through a book of Civil War photographs one day at the Milner Library, he came across a powerful image of a young soldier who was killed at Burnside's Bridge during the Battle of Antietam.

GOP makes term limits campaign issue in Illinois

thesouthern.com — AUBURN - Although the issue won't be on the Nov. 8 ballot, Republicans are making term limits part of their pitch to voters in races for the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Bruce Rauner launched the effort Monday in Chicago and is on a two-day tour of the state to promote the idea, which he wants the General Assembly to vote on during the fall veto session.

GOP makes term limits campaign issue

jg-tc.com — AUBURN -- Although the issue won't be on the Nov. 8 ballot, Republicans are making term limits part of their pitch to voters in races for the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Bruce Rauner launched the effort Monday in Chicago and is on a two-day tour of the state to promote the idea, which he wants the General Assembly to vote on during the fall veto session.

Illinois GOP makes term limits campaign issue

nwitimes.com — AUBURN - Although the issue won't be on the Nov. 8 ballot, Republicans are making term limits part of their pitch to voters in races for the Illinois General Assembly. Gov. Bruce Rauner launched the effort Monday in Chicago and is on a two-day tour of the state to promote the idea, which he wants the General Assembly to vote on during the fall veto session.

Legislature unlikely to take up Rauner’s call for term limit vote

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers appear unlikely to answer Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for a vote on a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would create term limits for elected officials. The first-term Republican governor wants the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to vote on the issue when members reconvene in Springfield following the Nov.

Legislature unlikely to take up Rauner’s call for term limit vote

jg-tc.com — SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers appear unlikely to answer Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for a vote on a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would create term limits for elected officials. The first-term Republican governor wants the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to vote on the issue when members reconvene in Springfield following the Nov.

Legislature unlikely to take up Rauner’s call for term limit vote

thesouthern.com — SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers appear unlikely to answer Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for a vote on a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would create term limits for elected officials. The first-term Republican governor wants the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to vote on the issue when members reconvene in Springfield following the Nov.

Rauner calls on lawmakers to vote on term limits amendment

qctimes.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on lawmakers to vote on a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would limit their own terms in office. The Republican governor wants the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to vote on the issue when its members reconvene in Springfield following the Nov.

Smiddy among GOP targets as fundraising heats up

qctimes.com — SPRINGFIELD - Incumbent Democrats hold major fundraising advantages in legislative races that Republicans have identified as key to their effort to cut into the rival party's supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate in November.

Gill comes up short in signatures, plans lawsuit

pantagraph.com — SPRINGFIELD - An attorney for David Gill said the Bloomington physician plans to move forward with a lawsuit challenging the number of signatures an independent congressional candidate must collect to get on the ballot in Illinois.
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Jul 27, 2016

With Rauner on the road stumping for term limits, GOP making it a campaign issue, even though it isn't on the ballot  http://bit.ly/2a9BSFl 

Jul 25, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants lawmakers to vote on term limits this fall, but don't bet on it happening:  http://bit.ly/2a1Ah4t 

Jul 25, 2016

Correcting an earlier tweet: @GovRauner is calling for lawmakers to vote on a term limits amendment this fall, not redistricting.

Jul 25, 2016

.@GovRauner says of legislative leaders, "They're focused on their own power rather than empowering people."

Jul 25, 2016

In Chicago, @GovRauner is calling on lawmakers to vote on a redistricting amendment to the Illinois Constitution during fall veto session.

Jul 25, 2016

Incumbent Democrats have big fundraising leads in key legislative races, but outside spending could be a big factor:  http://bit.ly/2aqzifC 


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