Our Team

Lori Browning

Lori Browning is the Illinois News Network’s Executive Editor. Though currently located in Springfield, she has lived most of her life in the metro-east St. Louis area. She spent the past 27 years working for the Belleville News-Democrat, a paper known for its hard-hitting, investigative journalism.

Her work as a reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor at various papers helped her develop a keen sense of what’s news. As the BND’s editorial page editor for the past 25 years, she won dozens of awards for her writing and the page itself, including from the National Headliner, the Illinois Press Association and the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois.

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.

Mike Demkovich

Michael Demkovich is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Illinois News Network. In this capacity, he develops and executes a digital marketing plan for INN and oversees publication, dissemination and measurement of paid and owned digital media.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has previously worked in a variety of digital marketing capacities with various non-profit, private sector and media organizations in his career. If you’d like to get in his good graces, say something nice to him about the Chicago Blackhawks or Chicago Cubs.

Brendan Hartsell

Brendan Hartsell is the Media Business Coordinator at the Illinois News Network. In this capacity he maintains the website, delivers content, and does other administrative work for INN.

Prior to joining INN, Brendan was an English teacher in Shenzhen, China. He also worked as an intern at the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, Virginia. Brendan graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in European history.

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 Lori Browning at (217) 528-8800 or via email at lbrowning@ilnews.org.

To be added to our daily content distribution lists, contact Media Business Coordinator Brendan Hartsell at bhartsell@ilnews.org.

Other inquiries, please email info@ilnews.org.

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