Political reporter Dave McKinney quits the Sun-Times after being put on leave

From Dave McKinney’s letter to Sun-Times owner Michael Ferro:


daveThe former Sun-Times reporter (at right) says in his letter that “I was told to go on leave [after the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign questioned his ethics], a kind of house arrest that lasted almost a week. It was pure hell. [Editor Jim] Kirk told me that his bosses were considering taking me away permanently from the political and Springfield beats. He offered up other potential jobs at the paper, all of which I considered demotions. Because of my unexplained absence from my beat, colleagues started calling, asking if I had been suspended. Or fired.”

McKinney worked at the Sun-Times for 19 years.

* Why I left the Sun-Times (Dave McKinney)
* McKinney’s big news crashed the Capitol Fax site (chicagomag.com)
* Sun-Times editor says the owners “have never quashed a story” (chicagobusiness.com)

* McKinney pulled off political beat after Rauner camp complains (chicagobusiness.com)
* GOPer tried to retaliate against reporter over negative story (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* Sun-Times owner’s wife gave money to Rauner’s campaign (republicannewswatch.com)