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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

Investigative Journalist


Lesley Nickus

Editorial Manager


Brady Cremeens



About Scott:

Scott Reeder serves as Journalist in Residence for the Illinois Policy Institute. Scott joined the Institute as a journalist after more than 25 years of 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 Brady:

Brady Cremeens is a reporter with INN. Previously a fellow at the Illinois News Network, he is a 2014 graduate of the University of Illinois-Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in communication-journalism and Lincoln Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in theology.

Cremeens has private and non-profit political experience, working both in the consulting and activist arenas, and has been writing online for more than five years.

He spends his free time listening to country music and watching Cubs games.