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Our Team

Scott Reeder

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.

Kayla Weems

Weems started her career at Chicago Sun-Times and Wrapports in the Public Relations Department. She has held multiple marketing and public relation roles throughout her career, including Marketing Manager at Higi where she successfully launched the company at South by Southwest Interactive Festival in 2013.

Mark Fitton

Mark Fitton is an award-winning writer and editor with a long history in Illinois and Indiana.

Fitton, who joined Illinois News Network in December 2014, had been managing editor of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. He previously served as associate editor of The Pantagraph in Bloomington, news editor of the Herald-News in Joliet and regional and night editor for The Times of Northwest Indiana in Munster, Ind.

Earlier, he was a news writer at the Journal Star in Peoria and the Marion bureau reporter for The Southern Illinoisan. He served his graduate internship with the Lee Enterprises news bureau in the Illinois statehouse.

Fitton is graduate of Illinois State University (English, 1987) and holds a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Cole Lauterbach

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago and Clifton, Illinois native, Cole spent several years managing and producing news/talk radio stations in Bloomington/Normal and Peoria before moving to Chicagoland to create award-winning programs for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Aurora with their daughter Madeline.

Greg Bishop

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

After making a splash in the Springfield market for his public affairs program “The Council Roundup,” a review of Springfield City Council Meetings, Bishop was brought on board to spearhead Illinois News Network’s radio operation in the summer of 2014. INN Radio quickly gained partner stations across the state by providing timely, accurate and fair news coverage of statehouse news.

Bishop is a graduate in communication and political studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He also hosts “Bishop On Air,” a weekday morning-drive current events talk show on News/Talk 970 WMAY in Springfield.

Bishop lives just south of the Capital City with his wife Meghan where they garden, train for long-distance races, and travel across the Midwest attending various concerts.

About Us

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

The Illinois News Network is eager to work with local media.

For tips and investigative project ideas, contact Executive Editor Scott Reeder at (217) 528-8800 or via email at

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Illinois News Network is an independent project of the Illinois Policy Institute