Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit news service operated by the Illinois Press Foundation that provides coverage of state government to newspapers throughout Illinois. It is funded by donations from the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
The mission of Capitol News Illinois is to provide credible and unbiased coverage of state government to the more than 400 daily and weekly newspapers that are members of the Illinois Press Association. Capitol News Illinois provides year-round, daily coverage of the Legislature, including committee hearings; state agencies and issues; state office holders; and the Illinois Supreme Court and legal matters.
Content – stories, photos, videos, audio files and newspaper graphics – is available for Illinois newspaper editors and publishers to publish in their print and digital products. Capitol News Illinois’ success depends on this partnership with media and online outlets around the state.
Capitol News Service was born out of discussions that began a few years ago among Illinois Press Foundation Board members about how to address the shrinking press corps at the Statehouse. With media companies closing their Statehouse bureaus and reallocating reporting resources, the number of journalists based in the Capitol has dwindled significantly.
The Illinois Press Foundation has created Capitol News Illinois to provide media outlets with state government coverage that news consumers can trust. We believe having an engaged and informed public is essential to our state’s success. So, too, is having a government that’s held accountable by their constituents.
Our goal is to increase news consumers’ awareness, interest and participation in state government; to grow the size of the Capitol News Illinois newsroom through additional donations and funding, and to encourage newspapers and media groups in Illinois to devote additional resources to reporting from the Statehouse.