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Chicago Office

190 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 1630
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-346-5700
Fax: 312-346-5755

Springfield Office

802 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62704

Phone: 217-528-8800
Fax: 217-528-8808

powered by Illinois Policy Institute

Scott Reeder

Executive Editor


Lesley Nickus

Editorial Manager


Greg Bishop

Radio Reporter


Mark Fitton

News Reporter


About Scott:

Scott Reeder is the Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network, a project of the Illinois Policy Institute. Scott joined INN after more than 25 years covering local and state government. He made a national name for himself investigating teacher tenure in Illinois and the lack of accountability in the teacher certification process.

Scott previously served as a national managing editor for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, where he worked to establish a national network of statehouse bureaus. Prior to his time with Franklin, he ran an Illinois statehouse bureau for 10 years providing customized statehouse coverage for newspapers in five Illinois communities.

Among the journalism awards he has captured are the Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of the Information Award, the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and the John Aubuchon Freedom of Information Award, which is the highest honor of Capitolbeat, a national association of statehouse journalists.

He received his bachelor’s in journalism from Iowa State University and holds a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He and his wife, Joan, reside near Springfield and have three daughters: Grace, Anna and Caitlin.

About Lesley:

Lesley Nickus is the Editorial Manager of INN. She is a 2005 graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor concentration in speech communications and 2011 participant in the Poynter Institute for Media Studies’ leadership series.

She is an award-winning journalist with eight years of newsroom experience, six of which were in management positions. She entered the world of nonprofit in 2013 as a Community Events Specialist with the American Cancer Society.

She spends her free time running and enjoying the wonderful restaurants of Chicago.

About Greg:

Greg Bishop is a Radio Reporter for the Illinois News Network. With years of award winning broadcast experience in the Springfield market, he now reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues.

Bishop is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Springfield. He also hosts "Bishop On Air," a weekday current events talk show on News/Talk 970 WMAY in Springfield.

About Mark:

Mark Fitton is an award-winning journalist with a long history in Illinois.

He began his news career at The Vidette, the Illinois State University community's daily newspaper, and as a correspondent for The Pantagraph in Bloomington. He was then a graduate intern with the Lee Enterprises Statehouse Bureau in Springfield.

Fitton has been the Marion reporter for The Southern Illinoisan, a news writer and swing-shift editor at the Journal Star in Peoria, news editor of the Herald-News in Joliet, associate editor of The Pantagraph, night editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana and managing editor of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbonbdale.



What is the Illinois News Network (INN) and what is it trying to accomplish?

Illinois News Network is a reporting service that shines a light on public policies that affect the residents of Illinois.

Illinois News Network strives to be the go-to source for individuals and newsrooms looking to expand their knowledge of issues relating to economic policy and government activities in Illinois.


Who works for the Illinois News Network?

The Illinois News Network employs professional journalists with an interest in covering Illinois’ economic policy.

INN’s current news staff includes award-winning journalists with extensive background in investigative reporting and newsroom management.


How is the Illinois News Network funded?

The Illinois News Network is funded by grants and private donations.


What is the relationship between the Illinois News Network and Illinois Policy Institute?

The Illinois News Network was started by the Illinois Policy Institute in July 2012. INN operates independently of the Illinois Policy Institute in terms of editorial decisions, coverage goals and day-to-day operations.


How can the Illinois News Network help my newsroom?

The Illinois News Network provides quality content at no cost to any and all news organizations. INN frequently partners with news organizations to lend reporting support, story localization on state issues or investigative resources for enterprise pieces.


As a nonprofit news organization, does Illinois News Network follow traditional tenets of journalism?

Yes! All journalists with the Illinois News Network adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, especially the following:

  1. Seek truth and report it
  2. Minimize harm
  3. Act independently
  4. Be accountable


What is INN’s political affiliation?

The Illinois News Network is nonpartisan.


How can I share my ideas with the Illinois News Network team?

The Illinois News Network staff is eager to collaborate with local media to provide coverage of government transparency, education choice, labor, pensions, jobs and growth, budget, taxes and healthcare. News staff can reach Editorial Manager Lesley Nickus at (312) 346-5700 or via email at to share tips and investigative project ideas.


How can I help advance the Illinois News Network?

As a nonprofit organization, donations help INN continue to offer its services to Illinois newsrooms free of charge. All donations are tax-deductible and confidential. Donations to the Illinois Policy Institute can be made at