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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

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Dave McKinney, former Springfield bureau chief and political writer for the Sun-Times, is joining Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5 to cover state politics. He most recently has been working for the Midwest bureau of Thomson Reuters. “Many news organizations have scaled back their Springfield coverage when more information – not less – is vital,” said McKinney, who starts September 18. “WBEZ’s desire to shine a brighter light on state government shows great commitment to our community, and it’s an endeavor I’m thrilled to join.” In 2014 McKinney quit the Sun-Times after 19 years, citing alleged pressure from management over his coverage of Bruce Rauner, then Republican candidate for governor.

* He’s such a good guy and an old (and I do mean old) buddy of mine and I wish him nothing but the best…

* The Question: Caption?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

63 Comments
  1. - Commander Norton - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    Mmm… smells like eucalyptus…


  2. - What's in a name? - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    Dave McKinney and the Kuala Bear Madigan controls


  3. - Red Rider - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    Watch out for MJM he’s a stinker.


  4. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    “Why yes - my favorite Raffi song is ‘Willoughby Wallaby Woo’. Thank you for asking.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    “We have a show with a koala bear that solves misteries, what else you pitching?”


  6. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    “Dave McKinney waits to hear from Ken the Koala Bear if Illinois will have 6 more weeks of stalemate”


  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    “Ken the Koala Bear will now tell Ranger Dave which lucky viewer will get a tour of the Stratton Building and… a free lunch at the Rathskeller… “


  8. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    “Op… Ken the Koala says… New England… Green Bay… Seattle… and the ‘Sunday Upset’… Miami… “


  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    “A reliable source tells McKinney… “


  10. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    “Pssst. You do realize you owe Miller a drink for that kudo, right?”


  11. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    Can you ear me now?


  12. - Lakeview Dude - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    The newest member of the Rauner administration giving Dave the latest scoop


  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:33 pm:

    Huh.

    This explains the Tweets McKinney has about finding Eucalyptus by the gross…


  14. - The Muse - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    “Looking forward to some koala-ity reporting out of ya.”


  15. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    “Ok, now send this next selfie to Squeezy the Python… “


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    “If you’re looking for a friend in Springfield, get a Koala… “


  17. - Huh? - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    Kisses from a koala are good luck. Don’t let it go to your head.


  18. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    He will blend right in in Springfield. No tie


  19. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    “Dave, one word. Plastics.”


  20. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    “Dave, I’ll let you take the picture, just don’t tweet it. I’m wanted in 3 states and I still can’t go back to Australia… “


  21. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    Taking a page from the Larry Lujak radio career playbook…


  22. - Huh? - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    Word of advice - journalism is a bit like politics. The only way you can be any good is if you tell the truth and can be trusted.


  23. - huh? - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    I’m going to let you in on a secret - the only way 3 people can keep a secret is if 2 of them are dead.


  24. - huh? - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    Meh - Can always tell a poser, wearing an Australian hat with a button down collar.


  25. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    Cute couple.


  26. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    Like the Koala, Dave has a special digestive organ called the “caecum”. This permits him to have a toxic, fibrous, low-nutrition diet that would actually kill humans.


  27. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    Like the Koala, Dave sleeps an average of 18-20 hours each day and are nocturnal, active when most people are asleep.


  28. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:01 pm:

    Dave does not get drunk eating gumleaves. That is a myth. He prefers a cocktail of Jaegermeister, Old Style and Prestone anti-freeze.


  29. - Red Rider - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:02 pm:

    Bruce is going to give me a ride on his harly when he ain’t busy govern.


  30. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    ===Taking a page from the Larry Lujak radio career playbook===

    Is the koala going to be OK, uncle Larry?


  31. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    17% of polled school children select Dave as their favorite endangered animal, the Illinois political reporter. The number one polled favorite is The Elf On The Shelf.


  32. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    Dave’s natural habitat is being rapidly destroyed, forcing his species to find new homes in small Butternut Huts.


  33. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    Last photo taken before Dave ‘Van Gogh’ McKinney’s unfortunate accident.


  34. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    Like all mature males, Dave excretes a sticky musk which he rubs on places, to mark his territory.


  35. - walker - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    “A well placed source.”


  36. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    Both Koalas and Dave are easily identified by their extensive, thick, bushy and gray ear hair.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:20 pm:

    “I’m going to want your hat… “


  38. - G'Kar - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    “Psst, Dave, tell Rich to post another picture of his cute dog. Also, I want more Eucalyptus leaves.”


  39. - Earnest - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    The latest species to be removed from the Springfield IL endangered list.


  40. - Jake From Elwood - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    “McKinney boomerangs into new press position”


  41. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    “You break me out of here, Dave, I’ll make it worth your while… “


  42. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    “Tell our friends on the outside… Taxi Cab, Soup, Cheese, and Trumpet… they’ll do the rest…”


  43. - Chicago_Downstater - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    I won’t even try to compete with these hilarious captions, but I’d like to still wish good luck to Dave McKinney on the move to WBEZ 91.5. I’m excited to hear his coverage whenever I switch back and forth from 670 the SCORE.


  44. - Whatever - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    You won’t make me go on play dates at the Governor’s house, right?


  45. - Huh? - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    Just because you are a nice guy, I will tell you one more time - I am NOT a bear. Bears are mammals. I am a marsupial, just like the kangaroo. If you screw it up again, you will never work in this town again.


  46. - Public Media 4 Ever - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    Seeking a new angle on coverage of the Rauner administration, McKinney takes an international perspective. Here, the reporter interviews one of the highly-koalified superstars of the Best Team in Australia.


  47. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:38 pm:

    “Dave, you’re missing the big picture… follow the Eucalyptus… “


  48. - Norseman - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    McKinney finally reveals his source.


  49. - Porgy Tirebiter - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:53 pm:

    Dave interviews the only creature that is as slow as the Illinois state government


  50. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    Tony Arnold looks fuzzier than I remember.


  51. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:58 pm:

    “Don’t bogart that eucalyptus, my friend.”


  52. - Andrea Durbin - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:01 pm:

    No witty caption, just a public acknowledgement of a solid move by WBEZ. McKinney’s in-depth reporting has been essential in understanding the state’s complex finances and mapping the various players involved.


  53. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:10 pm:

    “Dave… What happened last night? How did I get here?”


  54. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:14 pm:

    From the movie poster photo shoot for “Bachelor Party IV - Down Under”


  55. - Jake From Elwood - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:17 pm:

    McKinney offers to trade koala and case of Foster’s Lager to Miller for insider information.


  56. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    ===Is the koala going to be OK, uncle Larry?===

    “Aw… Lil Tommy… our story has a happy ending… ”

    Dave McKinney,

    In the last 3 years, besides telling others to come to Rich’s Blog, I’ve told countless people to check out your work and your past work too.

    All the best, I’ll look forward to hearing your reports.

    OW


  57. - yinn - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    McKinney vows to keep it simple and say, “Black Russian” the next time he attempts to place a drink order.


  58. - Chinese Wall - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 4:52 pm:

    Adelstein sent me with a tip. So, a while back Rauner invested in this company…yada yada yada


  59. - Jocko - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 5:09 pm:

    Crocodile Dundee? We’ve got Koala Dave


  60. - @MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 7:50 pm:

    “Made possible by listeners like eucalyptus.”

    – MrJM


  61. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:31 pm:

    Hat? Check. Whip? Check. Leather Jacket? Next paycheck. Indie McKinney and ‘The Tablet of Doom’. Coming Soon.


  62. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:05 pm:

    McKinney breaks the news this koala’s dad came from New Zealand; koala forced to resign from Parliament.


  63. - Anonamouse - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 9:06 am:

    Jesus, Dave… When was the last time you cleaned your ears?


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