FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Date: May 3, 2001

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Illinois Issues wins Lisagor award

SPRINGFIELD  -- Illinois Issues magazine, a publication of the University of Illinois at Springfield, recently won a prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for an analysis of how voters get information about political candidates.

The commentary was written by former Sun Times reporter John Carpenter and appeared in the October 2000 issue as part of the magazine=s fall campaign coverage.

Carpenter wrote that voters get more information from paid political ads and less from Aarms-length@ political coverage. But, he observed, that may not be as bad as it seems.

Illinois publications and writers are eligible for these awards, named to honor Peter Lisagor, who served as Washington, DC, bureau chief of the Chicago Daily News for nearly two decades. Entries are judged by journalists in other states and the awards are presented by the Chicago Headline Club, a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Illinois Issues has been a finalist for a Lisagor award four times in the past six years B in the beat reporting, investigative reporting, and design categories.

Founded in 1975, Illinois Issues is the state=s leading public affairs magazine.