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Dave McKinney

Dave McKinney

Reporter, State Politics

Dave McKinney, state politics reporter at WBEZ, spent 19 years as the Chicago Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief with additional stops at Reuters and the Daily Herald. His work also has been published in Crain’s Chicago Business, the New York Times and Chicago Magazine.

McKinney, named by the Washington Post in 2014 as one of the country’s best statehouse reporters, has won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best-in-Business award, the Chicago Headline Club’s Lisagor Award for political and government reporting, the Chicago Bar Association’s Herman Kogan Award for Meritorious Achievement and the Chicago Journalists Association’s Sarah Brown Boyden Award. McKinney also was named Journalist of the Year by his alma mater, Eastern Illinois University, inducted into the university’s journalism hall of fame and was recipient of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk Award” in 2015.

In Springfield, McKinney captured Rod Blagojevich’s final words as governor on the day of his 2009 impeachment by asking if he felt obliged to apologize to Illinoisans. “Sorry for what?” Blagojevich answered in a phrase that became the next day’s front-page headline. McKinney also covered corruption under Blagojevich and George Ryan, came face to face with Fidel Castro during Ryan’s 1999 trip to Cuba and live-tweeted an exorcism by Springfield’s Roman Catholic bishop after Illinois legalized gay marriage in 2013.

A lifelong Illinoisan with family roots downstate, McKinney is married, the proud father of two children and owner of a golden retriever and Wheaten terrier.

Recent Stories

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Grand Jury Subpoenas Rauner’s Office, Top Agencies In Legionnaires’ Probe

A grand jury has subpoenaed records from the governor’s office as part of a criminal probe into fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.

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JB Pritzker Wins Illinois Governor’s Race

In one of the most expensive governor’s races in history, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner suffered a resounding defeat to Democrat JB Pritzker.

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Senators Call For Resignation As Quincy Criminal Subpoena Surfaces

Calls for the director’s ouster come as grand jury subpoena hits public health department for patient records, notification policies.

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State Health Official: Quincy Legionnaires’ Crisis A ‘Mess’ Fueled By Rauner’s PR Team

New emails show further proof Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office restricted notification about deadly outbreaks at Quincy veterans’ home.

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Rauner’s Health Officials Knew About Legionnaires’ ‘Broth’ Mistake In Quincy

Newly released emails show the state skipped citing Quincy vets’ home in 2015 for a botched repair that may have fueled a deadly outbreak.

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The Red (or Blue?) Chicago Suburbs

Chicago’s suburbs have often played a big role in Illinois elections. But a recent political shift might just change the landscape.

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Attorney General Hopefuls Differ On Future Of Quincy Legionnaires’ Probe

The next attorney general will have to decide whether to continue the probe into Legionnaires’-related deaths at a state veterans’ home.

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State Criminal Probe Into Legionnaires’ Deaths Escalates

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office: ‘Governor’s staff’ should want to “get to the bottom” of whether crimes led to veterans’ Legionnaires’ deaths.

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Rauner: No Parallels Between Fatal Legionnaires’ Crises in Quincy, Flint

The governor’s aides researched Flint as Quincy families prepared to sue. But he says there’s no correlation.

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Flint On Rauner Team’s Mind As Legionnaire Cases Mount

Documents show members of Gov. Rauner’s administration were passing around reports on how Michigan handled Legionnaire’s cases.

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Staffers’ Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination Within Pritzker’s Campaign

Field workers, nine black and one Latina, claim Pritzker’s campaign is a “cesspool” of racial conflict. Pritzker denies the allegations.

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8-Figure Incomes The Norm In Illinois Gov’s Race

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker release their tax returns, and 2017 was a very good year for both of them.

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We Asked The Illinois Governor Candidates 18 Yes Or No Questions

Only one completely followed the directions.

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‘Sorry For Your Loss’: Rauner Apologizes To Legionnaires’ Families In Final Debate

Gov. Bruce Rauner clashed with Democratic Challenger JB Pritzker during their final debate before the Nov. 6 election.

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Before Debate, Quincy Legionnaires’ Families Gather To Reflect

After telling their stories to WBEZ, families of Legionnaires’ disease victims at the Quincy veterans’ home shift blame to Gov. Rauner.

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Neglecting Veterans, Removing Toilets, Criminal Finger Pointing

Why are the top two candidates for Illinois governor being accused of criminal behavior?

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Pritzker’s Toilet Tax Break ‘In The Hands Of’ Special Prosecutions Unit

Cook County’s top prosecutor wades into spat over Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker’s questionable property tax appeal.

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Pritzker’s Toilet Tax Break ‘In The Hands Of’ Special Prosecutions Unit

Cook County’s top prosecutor wades into spat over Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker’s questionable property tax appeal.

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Rauner, Pritzker Debate Quincy ‘Cover-Up’ And ‘Toiletgate’

Scandals took center stage as the Republican governor and Democratic challenger faced off in the campaign’s second debate.

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Rauner Administration Faces Criminal Probe From Attorney General

Dem attorney general targets GOP Gov. Rauner’s administration over handling of deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at a state vets' home.

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