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*** UPDATED x1 *** Illinois Policy Institute moves its news network from one Tillman group to another

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

* Rumors circulated last April that the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity was shutting down. Not so, the Franklin Center claimed

“The Franklin Center has not shut down; it continues to operate and we expect growth as we progress through 2017,” said Franklin Center spokeswoman Laurel Patrick, who previously worked for Walker. “In order to achieve this growth, it is undergoing a reorganization.”

She said that the center had appointed new leadership. John Tillman, the CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, has been named the new chairman, and Chris Krug, the publisher and general manager of the Illinois News Network and Illinois Radio Network, has been named president, Patrick said.

Krug replaces Nicole Neily, who was in the job for only a year.

“ will continue, and we are committed to growing that brand,” Patrick said. “The new management team will be working with all current and former employees in the coming week to find the right path forward for each person and Franklin.”

Lots of familiar names in that piece. Laurel Patrick, you will recall, was brought in last July as Gov. Rauner’s director of communications during the first round of staff purges. She was purged by late August.

* And then this press release went out today…

Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity announced today that it acquired the Illinois News Network (INN) from the Illinois Policy Institute, and will utilize INN as the template for an initiative at to improve statehouse coverage nationwide.

INN – a non-profit, non-partisan news service that reports on state, regional and local issues and distributes its content from the digital hub – continues to attract new partners, and delivered content to 139 media outlets across Illinois in 2017. published nearly 1,600 news stories in 2017, and legacy media companies republished more than 1,300 of them in their print and digital editions.

Chicago Tribune Media Group, Hearst Newspapers, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy, Paddock Publications and Shaw Media are among the legacy news companies whose newspapers and digital sites published INN’s reporting in 2017.

Franklin Center’s project is a non-profit, non-partisan journalism initiative that seeks to improve the accuracy, balance and quality of statehouse news reporting across the United States.

“Acquiring INN is precisely the right next step for the future of,” Franklin Center President Chris Krug said. “INN has become an essential read for Illinoisans. Our focus now moves to bringing that same journalistic energy, focus and timeliness in highly consumable news packages to readers across the country.”

Krug, named president of Franklin Center last April, has served as publisher and general manager at INN since 2016. INN was launched by IPI in 2013, and operated as an independent project prior to acquisition by Franklin Center.

Krug said that accuracy, consistency and speed have made a trusted statewide reporting service for media companies seeking balanced coverage in their daily reports.

“ established itself over the past two years as a trusted source for high quality, state-focused journalism created specifically for an Illinois audience,” he said. “We weigh in on important issues every day at INN. It’s that core approach and daily execution that will benefit in other states.

“Each state will require a customized approach, but will benefit from INN’s operational excellence and efficiency. We begin with an incredible core group of journalists in Illinois who will mentor and train our national editors, reporters and contributors.

“Statehouse news coverage is in need of attention and manpower across the country. Legacy media is hurting everywhere, and the resources allocated to covering state legislatures have dwindled substantially. Contextual coverage of statehouse news is the proverbial donut hole in local news coverage. The expertise we have demonstrated in Illinois will allow us to bring truth to light elsewhere, and bridge the gap for readers in states across the country,” Krug said.

Dan McCaleb, News Director at INN, was named News Director for McCaleb will focus on building each of the forthcoming state news teams.

“Dan has uncommon drive,” Krug said. “He has a true passion for finding the truth. He is an excellent news leader and manager who understands and meets the expectations of readers in the digital age. The editors and reporters Dan recruits into the project will raise the bar for statehouse reporting nationwide.” has kind of degraded over time.

* The Illinois Policy Institute’s 2016 tax filing explained the original plan

During 2017, the CEO of Illinois Policy assumed the chairmanship of the Franklin Center, another 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, and the board of directors of that organization was reconstituted. Also during 2017, a for-profit subsidiary of the Franklin Center, named American Media Unlimited, was established. During 2017, the assets of the Illinois Radio Network, currently owned by the Institute, will be transferred to American Media Unlimited.

According to the Policy Institute’s latest tax filing, the Illinois Radio Network brought in $162,170 in revenues during 2016.

*** UPDATE *** If you click here, you’ll see American Media Unlimited’s latest state corporate filing. John Tillman is listed as the company’s secretary.

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  1. - Driveby - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:10 pm:

    INN has done lots of good stories nobody else has done.

  2. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:12 pm:

    Yes, but will they be as incorrect with their reporting as before?

  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:13 pm:

    “A non-profit, non-partisan news service…”

    Sounds about half right

  4. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    ===Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity===

    Why call it the Franklin Center? Because they’re all about the Benjamins over there.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    Seems more like being moved from “Entertainment Chairman” to… um… “Food and Beverage Chairman”…

    Good to see Laurel Patrick land on her feet…

  6. - Anon E. Moose - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:25 pm:

    “non-partisan”? Since when?

  7. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:28 pm:

    So shady.

  8. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:33 pm:

    Did they make the deadline for Trump’s fake news nominations?

  9. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:47 pm:

    Always fun to see “free market” conservatives subsidized by billionaires because no one wants to read their junk

  10. - illini - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    Until a few years ago I subscribed to 4 daily “hold in your hands” newspapers, but still relied on the internet ( and this site in particular ) for Illinois related topics.

    Granted, I had different reasons for subscribing but eventually decided to drop two of them. I felt frustrated that all the “news” was 24 to 48 hours old by the time it hit my house.

    The clincher for me when I dropped the final two was that they only published Illinois news from the Illinois News Network. Granted the topics were fairly timely, but careful reading would identify a definite slant to nearly every article.

    But many subscribers will likely not immediately detect a partisan tone to most every article.

    I still read many of those papers online but rely only on CapFax for my Illinois news.

  11. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:00 pm:

    Musical chairs to confuse the folks they want to mislead.

  12. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    Still an arm of dark money lobby group

  13. - Al - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:03 pm:

    Illinois Policy Institute is horribly biased propaganda. I loved the store a few years ago about high liquor prices. Iowa being a neighbor state was included in a table, however their liquor tax was noted as “not available”. Really, I thought, unavailable? Well how does anyone pay if the rates are “unknown”? Well the rates are known and 51% higher than Illinois, so they just pretended the information was not available. I smell liquor and casino monopoly money in every word they print.

  14. - Dirty Red - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:30 pm:

    Wasn’t the Franklin Center paying the bills for the former Illinois Statehouse News, or am I mixing up my “non-profit, non-partisan journalism initiatives?”

  15. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 8:34 am:

    What’s the grift? Seems like one changing one word-salad name for another. Players and propaganda are the same.

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