"Collaborating at the Capitol: A new Illinois reporting service nearly doubles the number of statehouse journalists" by Christine Schmidt for NiemanLab, March 13, 2019
"Seven in ten newspapers in the U.S. did not have a statehouse reporter in 2014, a Pew analysis then found, and it’s quite conceivable that that number has only grown since. Between 2003 and 2014, the number of full-time statehouse reporters declined by 35 percent, with Illinois experiencing the strongest impact: losing seven full-time newspaper statehouse gigs in those 11 years. (Right as the state’s former governor was getting nailed on corruption charges, I might add.) That’s the same number of news organizations’ reporters in the Illinois statehouse press corps today, plus one from a conservative think tank."