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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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How A Madigan Operative Padded His Pension – With ComEd Work

Raymond Nice took direction from Jay Doherty, the power company lobbyist whose office was raided by the feds in May.

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Embattled Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

Democrat Martin Sandoval announced his resignation from the Senate Wednesday, two months after his office and home were raided by the feds.

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The Christmas Message For Speaker Michael Madigan’s ‘Magic Lobbyist List’

In an email obtained by WBEZ, a confidant of powerful Democrat Michael Madigan directed an elite group of about 20 favored lobbyists.

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A Criminal Probe Into ComEd Is Rattling Illinois Politics. Here’s What You Need To Know.

The federal criminal investigation into ComEd and Exelon’s lobbying and hiring is touching some of Illinois’ most powerful pols.

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Illinois Senate President Cullerton Stuns Springfield With Retirement Announcement

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton had a “deal” with his wife to leave power after a decade as the No. 1 Senate Dem, his aide says.

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ComEd ‘Shadow Lobbying’ Portfolio Filled With Clouted Contractors, Hires

With ComEd’s contracting under federal investigation, WBEZ finds the utility hired numerous politically connected people and contractors.

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Amid Federal Probe, City Club Leader Ends Work For ComEd

Jay Doherty disclosed Monday that he’s no longer working as a lobbyist for the giant power company.

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ComEd Cuts Ties With Lobbying Firm Of Prominent Chicago Alderman

Ald. Gilbert Villegas, Jr.’s company had a deal with the power company, which is facing a federal criminal probe.

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Former Exelon CEO Out At Chicago Fed Amid Corruption Probe

Former Exelon executive Anne Pramaggiore left the federal panel weeks after retiring from a utility under federal investigation.

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State Rep. Arroyo Charged In Corruption Case

Federal authorities leveled a corruption case Monday against State Rep. Luis Arroyo, a high-ranking Democrat from Chicago.

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Illinois Tollway Leader Cancels City Club Speech As Corruption Probe Broadens

A top Illinois tollway official canceled his planned speech Tuesday, citing “questions” about the City Club’s ties to a federal probe.

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Source: Feds Sought Info On House Speaker Michael Madigan In City Club Raid

Madigan’s was one name that showed up on a federal subpoena to the prominent Chicago civic organization, WBEZ has learned.

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Source: Feds Focus On Clout Hires At ComEd, Leader Of Chicago’s City Club

The feds are investigating whether ComEd hired politically connected employees and consultants in exchange for favorable government actions.

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Judge Orders Quincy Legionnaires’ Criminal Subpoenas To Be Kept Secret

The subpoenas went to two government agencies, but Illinois’ attorney general asked that they be sealed.

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Exelon Utilities CEO Out Amid Growing Public Corruption Probe

Exelon announced the abrupt retirement of top executive Anne Pramaggiore after disclosing it got two federal subpoenas.

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Unredacted Search Warrant Shows Feds’ Sprawling Probe Into Illinois State Senator

Federal agents sought information on ComEd, a speed camera company, video gambling machines, and more.

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The Justice & The Alderman: The Ethical Conundrum Of A Longtime Power Couple

While on the Illinois Supreme Court, Justice Anne Burke has ruled in cases involving clients of her husband, indicted Chicago Ald. Ed Burke.

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WBEZ Sues Illinois Senate For Documents In FBI Probe Of Sen. Sandoval

Senate President John Cullerton has blacked-out details of the federal raids, despite open-records requests from media.

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Illinois Senate President Withholds Key Details Of Raid On State Senator

State Sen. John Cullerton released a search warrant on the FBI raid of Sen. Martin Sandoval’s office, but Cullerton concealed most details.

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Sources: Feds Also Raided Contractor With Close Ties to Sen. Sandoval

Authorities raided a northwest suburban company on the same day they hit the offices of the Democratic state senator.

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