Degman (which is actually what most people call him instead of ‘Alex’) reported from Springfield professionally from 2011 to 2015, preceded by Tri States Public Radio in Macomb (2009-2011) and followed by KMOX in St. Louis (2015-2022). Even in those non statehouse specific roles, he became a go to person for many things Illinois state government related.
Degman is a native of north suburban Northbrook and graduated from Glenbrook North High School in 2004, that’s where he caught the radio bug that never really went away. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2008, which is where he caught the news bug that didn’t go away. Degman got his Master of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2009, where he caught the “reporting on Illinois public policy bug” that… well, you know.
Outside of work, Degman enjoys slowly working on the 1864 Lincoln-era home he purchased in Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood (no, there aren’t ghosts that knew President Lincoln, much to his disappointment), attempting to cook, exploring local places to support and raising Louie, a black lab mix that is a handful and a half. Louie formed Degman’s unintentional tradition of naming his black labs after Venezuelan White Sox players: Louie is named after Luis Aparicio, the late Ozzie was named after Ozzie Guillen.
Stories by Alex Degman
The landmark decision clears the way for unprecedented criminal justice reform. Here’s how politicians, prosecutors and advocates responded.
Nancy Rotering says the ongoing gun threat is pervasive and “harming us as a society.”
Gov. JB Pritzker signed a measure that will withhold state funds from libraries that ban books. The move sparked a lot of questions.
Citing a “vitriolic strain of white nationalism,” Gov. JB Pritzker signed the measure withholding state grant money from libraries if they ban books.
All-gender restrooms, bans on book bans and full-day kindergarten among the bills passed by Illinois lawmakers
The Democratic-controlled legislature sent a slew of bills to the governor showing their priorities for the state, in addition to the $50.4 billion spending plan. Here are some highlights.
With the budget up for debate, lawmakers are returning to Springfield after missing a self-imposed deadline.
A legislative proposal to help the Bears pay for a new stadium and entertainment complex in Arlington Heights got its first hearing, but final action is still a ways away.
The Community News Brief is harnessing the journalism expertise that’s still in Macomb to fill the local news void.
Employees have formed the Illinois Legislative Staff Association, but Speaker Welch won’t voluntarily recognize them.
As Illinois’ legal pot industry and the demand for educated workers grow, schools and companies are collaborating on marijuana classes.