Maureen Foertsch McKinney

Managing Editor / Reporter

Maureen Foertsch McKinney is a lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers. She is editor of the magazine's Briefly section. And she is responsible for working with the art director to conceptualize the art and photography used in the magazine. Maureen joined the staff in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She also has taught newswriting at Eastern Illinois University, where she graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Illinois Issues
12:25 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Code Switch: After Ferguson -- A Look At Obstacles Facing Young Black Males

"Isaiah Milton, 10, at a memorial for his 19-year-old cousin Jeremiah Shaw, who was shot to death in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago."
Credit Photograph by Alex Wroblewski

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has brought to national attention the obstacles that many young black males face - including racial profiling and a world where media portrayals of their peers are often less-than-flattering. Maureen McKinney took a look at the topic in Illinois. She joined Rachel Otwell for this interview: 

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Illinois Issues
1:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Big Predators In Illinois Inspire New Law

Nov. 21 photo of male mountain lion, euthanized by IDNR
Credit Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR)

A little over a decade ago, cougars and wolves started showing up in Illinois for the first time since the late 1800s. In August, Governor Pat Quinn signed a measure that aims to protect and manage the animals. Maureen McKinney reported on the topic for Illinois Issues magazine. She spoke with us about it for this interview:

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Just a Dollar: Not Since 2009 has the State Allocated Funds for Homeless Education -Well, There's $1

Marilyn Escoe and her children — Kayla, Kyla and Kyle Escoe and Kaleyah Wesley — were homeless until November.
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For Kaleyah Wesley, thoughts of her family’s life in a Chicago homeless shelter made it difficult to focus on school, particularly in math, the subject she found hardest.

The then-sixth-grader woke at 5 a.m. on weekdays to take a pair of trains from the north side Rogers Park shelter to her school in the North Lawndale neighborhood, which is on the west side. She says she had a negative attitude that rubbed off on her three younger siblings.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Q&A: Don Fullerton

Don Fullerton
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 Don Fullerton, a finance professor at the University of Illinois and a former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, served as co-author of a chapter of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, which was released this spring.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Editor's Note: Authors Contemplate How to Fix the Funk in Illinois

Maureen Foertsch McKinney
Credit mattpenning.com 2014 / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 Illinois is in a funk. It’s clear.

Last month, a Gallup survey found by a wide margin Illinoisans are less trusting of their state government than residents of any other place in the nation. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Editor's Note: Cutting Support for Kids Will Lead to Larger Costs Later

Maureen Foertsch McKinney
Credit mattpenning.com 2014 / WUIS/Illinois Issues

Odds are, if a child doesn’t experience good parenting, schooling in early development programs and care for mental illness or other health care needs, he or she will face arrest for a violent crime.

A tragedy for the child and the victim or victims. But the long-range consequences of the child’s situation touch the rest of society. Those costs are tangible and will grow exponentially. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Pensions Will be Subject of Special Session

 After years of inaction on changes to the state's employee pension systems, legislative leaders say they have hammered out a deal that could be presented to lawmakers December 3.

 

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