About Illinois Reporter

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Welcome to Illinois Reporter — and thanks for stopping by.

Illinois Reporter is based in Bloomington-Normal, the community in which I live, located about 130 miles south of Chicago. It is located squarely in the center of the state of Illinois. I have lived here on and off since 1970. I last moved back into the area in 1989.

This page is devoted to my writing. I’m Steve, and I am a freelance writer based here. I have been writing as a freelancer since September of 1984. I have written for monthly magazines, daily and weekly newspapers, and monthly newsletters.

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Among my current assignments is coverage of Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University sports, local news events as they affect our neighboring counties (you’ll see a great deal of that for the Pekin Daily Times – or PDT – and other publications). As of June 1999, I became a sports stringer for the area local newspaper, The Daily Pantagraph. You’ll see some of my work from there, too.

I invite you to browse, read, and even suggest story ideas (especially if you used to live here and are curious about what is going on “back home.” My e-mail address is: steve@illinoisreporter.com

That having been said, enjoy!