Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 *** Sun-Times sidelined reporter after Rauner campaign intervention
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Sun-Times sidelined reporter after Rauner campaign intervention

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

* Dave McKinney disappeared from the Sun-Times for several days after the paper ran his piece about Bruce Rauner’s alleged threat to “bury” a former female CEO. Crain’s has some of the back-story

A Chicago Sun-Times reporter hired former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins to investigate whether the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner tried to interfere with his employment after the newspaper ran a story unfavorable to the politician.

Mr. Collins said in an interview with Crain’s that the Rauner campaign attempted to retaliate against Sun-Times political reporter Dave McKinney after the paper ran the story about Mr. Rauner allegedly verbally threatening a top executive of a company controlled by Mr. Rauner’s onetime investment firm. Mr. Rauner denied that report through a spokesman. […]

The Rauner campaign attempted to have the Sun-Times take action against Mr. McKinney because of what it alleged were conflicts of interest stemming from Mr. McKinney’s marriage to Democratic media consultant Ann Liston, Mr. Collins said.

Mr. McKinney and Ms. Liston were married in April, but Mr. Collins said the couple made arrangements earlier in the year at each of their jobs to create barriers within their work so that their relationship wouldn’t present conflicts of interest for Mr. McKinney, who is the paper’s bureau chief in Springfield.

“Dave McKinney has a body of work as a dogged, but fair and impartial reporter and what happened recently was an attempt to unfairly besmirch Dave’s reputation and he has asked me to evaluate whether there was an improper interference with Dave’s employment relationship with the Sun-Times,” Mr. Collins said in an interview. […]

Just hours before the Sun-Times story went to press, the Rauner campaign attempted to quash the piece by bringing up Ms. Liston’s political work with Sun-Times management even though Mr. McKinney has been covering the campaign for months, according to Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins didn’t have details on who in the Rauner campaign contacted the Sun-Times and who at the newspaper was contacted.

Mr. McKinney has also written stories that were critical of incumbent Democratic candidate Gov. Pat Quinn, specifically his involvement with the troubled state-funded Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

In recent days, Mr. McKinney was inexplicably absent from his statehouse beat for five days despite one of the hottest gubernatorial races in recent memory

The Rauner people went after McKinney, then all of a sudden the paper decided to endorse the guy. What a coinkidink.

Disgusting.

And, by the way, Dave’s marriage to Ann had zero to do with this story. McKinney has been beating the Quinn administration over their freaking heads about the NRI investigation all year (to the point where I’ve criticized him in the Fax). Any suggestion that he was leaning Democratic is absolutely ridiculous and insane. And the decision to sideline him, to my mind, was purely about politics.

I have my own Sun-Times Rauner story, which I plan to share with subscribers on Monday.

…Adding… Liston is not a lobbyist. She’s a flak. Big difference.

*** UPDATE *** Chicago Sun-Times Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk claimed to Crain’s that no action was taken against McKinney, but did say this in an updated Crain’s piece

“Mr. Rauner’s campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf did level allegations with me that proved inaccurate and spurious,” Mr. Kirk wrote. “Out of an abundance of caution, we did review this matter and we are convinced Dave’s wife Ann Liston receives no financial benefit from any Illinois political campaign because of the extraordinary steps they’ve taken to establish business safeguards. Dave’s body of work during this campaign, including the ground-breaking stories on the investigation involving Gov. Pat Quinn and the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, demonstrates the hard-nosed reporting he has done on both campaigns. Both Dave and Ann are conscientious, ethical and among the best at their professions.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - Demoralized - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 7:32 am:

    If you are a Rauner supporter and cannot admit that this is absolutely outrageous then you truly have zero ability to be honest.


  2. - Redux - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 7:33 am:

    = inaccurate and spurious=

    Sounds about right. Rauner’s people aren’t just politically off base, they are dangerous. However, the Sun Times is so in the bag for Rauner, I am shocked that Kirk even admitted this. I am also sure the “caution” was highly “abundant.” Afterall, McKinney only has a 30 year track record. Puh-leeze.


  3. - William j Kelly - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 8:03 am:

    Demoralized, zero ability to be honest is the very definition of a rauner supporter.


  4. - walker - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 8:04 am:

    To his credit, Kirk was open, honest and clear with his statement.

    But it took him five days to decide the charges were “inaccurate and spurious” and that McKinney was “conscientious and ethical?”

    How about a one-hour turnaround on that at most? That was a story easily debunked by a few phone calls. Has Kirk lost his reporting skills?


  5. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 8:25 am:

    This puts more focus on the female executive story. If Rauner didn’t threaten her, why would his campaign try to suppress the story?


  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 8:58 am:

    Dear Mr. McKinney,

    I probably can’t count the number of stories you have written that I have read, or the number of times I referenced your work to someone. I am a fan of your work, but more importantly, I’m a fan that I like how you go about your business.

    “How you go about your business,” that is as good as I compliment. It means the package that make you up, not the pieces, or parts, but the pieces and parts that allow you to do your thing are something I admire. That is true with you.

    Make no mistake, I probably have stated “Have you read McKinney?” with glee as often as with “anger”, and that is what I expect most, and you haven’t disappointed. I can tell you both reactions were based on knowing you have fine your best to give the story the attention of your craft, and it’s not shoddy partisan talking points masquerading as news.

    I am but one of many who have stood up and wanted to be counted standing with you. Many are far more influential, or “famous” and many are far more credible to stand behind you than me. However, allowing others to stand where you should stand is something I refuse, and being another person standing with you, is more important than me being counter as one among many.

    I always look forward to be pleased or be angered by your solid reporting, but I never question the validity of work, or the personal actions of you. That’s what scares Chip Englander, and what frightens Bruce Rauner. So much so, theyveebtvafter another woman as their target, instead of looking at you and your bride as the individuals you are, and realizing integrity if the process is beyond reproach.

    Unlike what started all this, I made this comment in a public forum, not because the harsh light was needed, but that the shining light is warranted. Even admitting what the Rauner Crew admits, it makes it no less sleazy, and it’s rationale, no more “true” then they pretended their reasons to be.

    Much respect.

    OW


  7. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 8:58 am:

    And, by the way, Dave’s marriage to Ann had zero to do with this story.

    How do you know that? Come on, optics is everything. What “protections” did they build into their relationship? Can I FOIA their email to see if they are on the up and up? Of course not. Transparency is for the government, not the media, right Rich?


  8. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    Didn’t McKinney break a ton of stuff that was damaging to Blago during his tenure too? Ridiculous to question his integrity.

    And its ridiculous that a guy who made 60 million last year is so desperate to satisfy his vanity chasing after the job of governor that he would try to destroy the livelihood of a journalist who wouldn’t make that much money at their job in 25 lifetimes (at least).

    And its ridiculous that a guy who used to own a newspaper could detest the institution of a free press so much that he would use his clout to try to get a critical story’s author fired, but of course we knew exactly how little respect he had for a free press when he barred student journalists from observing his press conference.

    Simply repulsive.


  9. - Jocko - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 9:14 am:

    ==Can I FOIA their email to see if they are on the up and up?==

    BTW, You might have to put your legal name on the FOIA request.


  10. - walker - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 9:16 am:

    GirlFriday:

    But But But Rauner didn’t personally do those things, it was his hired campaign executives!


  11. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 10:41 am:

    OW - I think McKinney is awesome as well. But has he or anyone actually come out and said he was sidelined for 5 days? If so I missed it. Did anyone ask the editor if in fact they sidelined him? I have learned to just not trust anything coming out of either campaign.


  12. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 10:44 am:

    ===or anyone actually come out and said he was sidelined for 5 days?===

    Yep. The publisher: https://capitolfax.com/2014/10/20/more-on-mckinney/


  13. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 10:50 am:

    Hey Rich, thanks. The link to your other post works, but the link on there to Kirks “explaining his version” does not work, it is showing story not found. I am searching the internet for it….just thought you should know I tried the link and it is not working. Still looking for someone who’s saying he was sidelined because of the Rauner complaint.


  14. - Demoralized - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    ==Still looking for someone who’s saying he was sidelined because of the Rauner complaint==

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.


  15. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    “In no way has Dave been disciplined,” Mr. Kirk said in his initial Oct. 10 statement. “Any implication is absolutely false and irresponsible. Dave is an exceptional reporter who continues to do great work for the Sun-Times,” he said. Mr. Kirk, a former editor at Crain’s Chicago Business, didn’t respond to requests for comment on Mr. McKinney’s hiring of Mr. Collins.

    All ducks aside, I still can’t find anything on Kirk other than the above, and other statements supporting the reporter.

    The only ones saying he was retaliated against is the reporters attorney, who won’t say what the retaliation was or was not.

    In my opinion, this is a total hit piece on Rauner.


  16. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    ====All ducks aside, I still can’t find anything on Kirk other than the above, and other statements supporting the reporter.===

    Dude, it’s in the other post. Kirk admitted it to Hinz. If you post another comment like that, I will sideline you.


  17. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    My personal experience with Dave (and I’ve had plenty of it over many years) has been that he is always very ready to listen to and pursue any story relating to government ethics, campaign finance issues, election shenanigans, FOIA issues, and open government matters generally, regardless of the political parties or highly-placed officials involved.

    To suggest that he might be in the tank with the Quinn campaign is just ludicrous. This man has an impeccable reputation spanning several decades.

    The real story here is that Dave was “sidelined” at exactly the same time that the Sun-Times was deciding to endorse Rauner.


  18. - David Starrett - Monday, Oct 20, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    The above post shouldn’t have been “Anonymous.” It was mine, and I want my name on it.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Rauner vetoes anti-Crosscheck bill
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign stuff
* Rauner says he's "extremely troubled" by Trump's "defense of the Russians"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Our sorry state
* Question of the day
* Grade inflation
* C'mon, November...
* Because... Madigan!
* Rauner: "I will never sign a bill that violates the Second Amendment"
* Rate Rauner's new ad: "Just Call Madigan"
* Pritzker reports spending almost three times as much as Rauner
* Your feel-good Illinois story of the day: Nichols Paint and Fab
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Treasurer touts rural loan programs in Galesbur.....
* EDITORIAL: Governor, please don't veto Illi.....
* Rauner declines to remove Illinois from multist.....
* Rauner signs bills addressing Quincy veterans&#.....
* Rauner touts gun laws during Effingham stop..
* JB Pritzker, Bruce Rauner spending $300K.....
* JB Pritzker, Bruce Rauner spending $300K.....
* Illinois governor candidates spending $300K a day..
* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's.....
* Rauner signs Quincy Veterans' Home bills..


* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy vets’ home construction
* Fire damages northern Illinois’ Gold Pyramid House
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed
* Rauner: President should blame Russians for hacking
* States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies
* UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7.5K
* State lawmakers accused of harassment are running for office
* Benedictine hopes to sell Springfield campus for $3M
* 4-year-old boy found dead after central Illinois house fire
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed
* Rauner signs laws to improve Quincy veterans' home
* Rauner: President Trump should blame Russians for hacking
* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy veterans' home construction
* U of I paying alum $7,500 to halt sales of Chief Illiniwek T-shirt
* Rauner's campaign spent nearly $8 million last quarter. Pritzker's spent more than double that.
* Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills, says he'll veto another
* Londrigan outraises Davis in 2nd quarter; Davis has more in fund

* Can a 3-D printer solve Chicago's affordable housing problem?
* Dems push GOP reps on Trump and Putin
* Boeing sees budget-airline surge driving $15 trillion market
* Abbott's next-generation device to treat leaky heart valves gets FDA OK
* CIBC shutters third-largest Illinois branch following buyout of PrivateBancorp


* Boy, 16, shot in head in West Pullman
* Boy, 14, shot to death in West Englewood: police
* Police: Man, 41, shot dead while standing on sidewalk in Altgeld Gardens
* Brewers reliever Josh Hader apologizes for racist tweets discovered during ASG
* Employment in downtown Chicago drops for residents from majority-black communities
* Denzel Washington unstoppable in slick, well-acted ‘Equalizer 2’
* Dear Abby: Boy wants dating advice from ‘out of touch’ grandma
* Man chased girl getting off school bus after offering her candy in Park Manor
* Horoscope for July 18, 2018
* Apps every professional needs to maintain health and wellness


* Trump backs off siding with Russia over U.S. intelligence
* Brewers All-Star reliever Josh Hader apologizes for past racist, homophobic tweets
* A boom in downtown jobs did not benefit some South and West Side communities, study shows
* Cubs' Willson Contreras on top of game in National League's 8-6 loss to American League
* Cubs' Yu Darvish wanted a 6-foot fence around his new lakefront mansion. Evanston has turned him down.
* Indiana man charged with Lincoln Park home invasion, sexual abuse
* White Sox's Jose Abreu enjoys first All-Star start
* Man dead, 2 others wounded in city shootings
* Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries
* Arizona Cardinals suspend GM 5 weeks after extreme DUI plea


» July 17, 2018 - Full Show
» Rauner Vetos 'Crosscheck' Ban — Illinois' Participation Already On Hold
» Rauner: Trump Should Be Holding Russians Accountable
» Suit: Chicago Should Refund Drivers Hit With Expensive Tickets
» Vallas Returns Campaign Cash From Controversial Donor Tied To CPS Scandal
» Biometric Data Lawsuit Reaches IL Supreme Court; Electronic Monitoring Devices; HPV Vaccines
» Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Two Bills Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence
» July 16, 2018 - Full Show
» CHA Seniors File Complaint Over Missing Grab Bars
» Cook County Commissioners Confounded By Hiring Of Health System Consultant


* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Guest View: As politicians duke it out, we must remember that most children just want to go home
* Byron York: Trump's approach doesn't work for the Trump-Russia probe
* Marc Thiessen: Trump isn't the first president to embarrass America by cozying up to Putin
* Catherine Rampell: Why do Republicans hate consumers?
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed
* Rauner signs laws to improve Quincy veterans' home
* Rauner: President Trump should blame Russians for hacking
* Rauner signs laws to speed up Quincy veterans' home construction


* Gwendolyn Risch
* James Peterson
* Georgia Ann Roach
* Fire departments get $2.2 million in equipment grants
* RI County Board votes to tear down courthouse
* Jackson County Board approves officers in schools program
* New regional leader of the Greek Orthodox Church to visit Decatur
* New Q-C Chamber, airport directors eye more funding for regional airport
* Building balance: Iowa, Illinois agencies offer fall prevention programs for seniors
* Fowler wins district judicial appointment


* Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings
* So-so All-Star Game at home for Nationals' Scherzer, Harper
* Delle Donne, Parker to captain WNBA All-Star Game
* Manny Machado trade rumors grab attention at All-Star Game
* Lessons for next US financial crisis from 3 key ex-officials

* Illinois Dems Blast Trump On Twitter After...
* Congressman reveals GOP members refused to...
* Durbin: Trump claim a “damage control event”
* Pope County pastor unpaid for FBI, police ...
* Republicans, including Davis, raise big bu...
* Metro East Republicans in Congress raise b...
* United Front
* Second 'minibus' pulls in
* US REPRESENTATIVE JOHN SHIMKUMS (IL-15): S...
* 2018 Pinnacle Bank Championship tee times

* Durbin calls for probe of abuse claims at ......
* Bernie Sanders' Video On Trump's R......
* Dems Demand Answers on Trump's Private......
* Nine fire departments get state, federal g......
* Normal Fire Department receives almost $70......

* Talk Of Segregating People With Disabiliti......
* Nine fire departments get state, federal g......
* Normal Fire Department receives almost $70......
* Freeport Fire Department receives nearly $......
* Democratic socialism can succeed in the Mi......

* Now we can see why the Dems wanted Pritzker so badly to run for governor
* Rahm makes a joke out of Quinn's term-limit push, but voters could have last laugh
* Movie In The Park On Thursday At Chase Park
* Business Insider: 21 simple ways to earn passive income
* Graceland West Garden Walk Coming Up On August 5th
* One small college moves online — carefully
* When we run out of room for data, scientists want to store it in DNA
* The tech industry leads the way in revolutionizing student loan debt
* How to start a virtual coding boot camp in five easy steps
* 5 things every college must know about cloud computing


* Illinois Department of Human Rights Releases Important New Guidebook for Housing Providers
* Illinois State Fire Marshal announces $2.2 million in grants for fire safety
* Gov. Rauner vetoes SB 2368
* Governor takes bill action
* Gov. Rauner signs Quincy Veterans' Home bills

  
* Prepare to be sick — there’s now a VR water slide
* An online retailer takes pre-orders for the Sony Xperia XZ3, price and specs revealed
* DeepMind, Skype, and Tesla founders pledge never to build killer robots
* Bad news Wear OS fans: Samsung Gear Watch said to land with Tizen OS on Aug. 24
* Xiaomi says Mi A2 is coming July 24 (Update: Mi A2 Lite now confirmed too)
* Victoria teams up with Optus and Telstra for 28 new mobile towers
* Deal: Essential Phone 360 camera mod now $19 (was $199)

* On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL
* Willson Contreras contributes to a homer-happy All-Star Game won by...
* Abreu ends White Sox drought with ASG start
* Abreu inspiring for White Sox with All-Star start
* Skoug has big game for Kannapolis
* On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL
* Chris Sale gets a little tuneup in All-Star appearance


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller