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Illinois Issues magazine honored by national association
August 25, 2005
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Issues magazine, a publication of the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received a number of awards for magazine journalism from capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors.
The three first-place awards and one second-place award – all recognizing excellence in state government reporting – were presented at the organization’s annual conference, held recently in Seattle.
Pat Guinane, the magazine’s Statehouse bureau chief, won the top honor for in-depth magazine reporting for his investigation into the Blagojevich Administration's practice of contracting out government work. The main article in that series, “Public work, private gain,” appeared in the February issue.
In addition, Guinane took first place in the single report category for “Under lock and key,” an article on the politics of guns that appeared in the September issue. He also received a second-place award for magazine column writing.
First place in magazine column writing went to longtime Issues columnist Charles N. Wheeler III. Wheeler, who also received the award last year, is director of UIS’ master’s level Public Affairs Reporting program.
The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, now called capitolbeat, is a national organization of journalists covering state and local governments. Illinois Issues was honored by the association in 2001 for “outstanding work in state government journalism.”
Illinois Issues is a not-for-profit monthly publication focusing on analysis of public policy, with a special emphasis on Illinois government and politics, and is a part of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS.
For more information, contact Peggy Boyer Long, executive editor of Illinois Issues, at 217/206-6084, or go to http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/.
|The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.|
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