About the Illinois News Online

The Illinois News Online (www.IllinoisNewsNetwork.com) is an independent Internet-based news publication that offers original news, features and opinion writing with a focus on Illinois from politics and local communities to regional and national issues and topics. We were founded on Sept. 24, 2013 and officially launched publicly on Dec. 14, 2014.

The Illinois News Online hosts independent Citizen Bloggers who share their experiences, observations and analysis, and also freelance writers and reporters who cover events and issues throughout the state. The authors are responsible for their individual articles and do not necessarily represent the views of The Illinois News Network Online.

The Illinois News Online also publishes press releases and encourages all organizations, governments and agencies to submit their press releases for consideration.

Non-partisan and independent, The Illinois News Online strives to provide a variety and wide range of perspectives and news and embraces journalism principles of writing and reporting.

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Join in the discussion on our Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/1417959458468031/. We want to hear what you have to say. Share your news, events and stories there. Give us feedback. Your opinion counts.

If you are interested in blogging, please email Ray Hanania at [email protected]

[PLEASE NOTE: The Illinois News Network Online is NOT affiliated with the Illinois News Network at www.ILNews.org or with the IlNews.org parent company the Illinois Policy Institute. We accept news articles and coverage from all sources and every blogger on this site is responsible for their own posts.]

The views and opinions of our writers and bloggers are their opinions and their opinions alone and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Illinois News Online.

Editors, Bloggers:

Ray Hanania, Editor

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall Reporter and Political columnist. He is the editor of several print and online news sites that address a variety of issues throughout the United States and also in the Middle East. Ray is the recipient of four Peter Lisagor Awards for writing awarded by the Chicago Headline Club/Society of Professional Journalists. He was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” in 2006 by the New America Media. In 2009, his writing was recognized with the prestigious SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi award. And, he was honored when the Chicago Sun-Times nominated his series on the Palestinian Intifada for a Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 reporting on former Mayor’s Richard J. Daley, Michael A. Bilandic, Jane M. Byrne, Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer and Richard M. Daley.

To contact Ray, email him at: [email protected]

Justin Shimko, Editor

Justin Shimko is an award winning veteran writer, media analyst and media consultant.

To contact Justin, email him at: [email protected]

Michael Flaherty, Associate Editor

Michael Flaherty is a recognized writer and researcher based in Chicago and media consultant.

To contact Michael, email him at: [email protected]

Jerry Field, Veterans Affairs Editor

Jerry Field is an award winning Chicago writer and former U.S. Military veteran. Field has been writing in Chicago for more than four decades and now shares his experiences about services and benefits for U.S. Military Veterans. If you have a question, email him at [email protected].

Josue Duarte, Blogger and Writer

Josue Duarte is a blogger and writer for the Illinois News Network online news.


Copyright Notice

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You may download material from Illinois News Network on the Web (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, noncommercial use only.

Links to Web sites other than those owned by The Illinois News Network Online are offered as a service to readers. The editorial staff of The Illinois News Online are not involved in their production and is not responsible for the content of external website and URLs referenced on this website in stories and article.

All content on The Illinois News online is Copyright (c) 2013, 2014 Ray Hanania and the Illinois News Online. All Rights Reserved. Content on the website may be reproduced with full attribution to the website www.IllinoisNewsNetwork.com.

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