Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigns, says paper ‘no longer has backs of reporters’

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A political reporter says he’s leaving the Sun-Times because of the paper’s reaction to his story about Bruce Rauner.

Dave McKinney resigned Wednesday.

After his story on Rauner came out on October 6, the Rauner campaign complained there was a conflict of interest since McKinney’s wife is a democratic political strategist.

The Sun-Times kept the story, but then put McKinney on leave.

In his resignation letter, McKinney says the newspapers owners considered taking him off the political beat.

He also points out that the Sun-Times is endorsing Rauner, three years after the paper stopped political endorsements.

The Sun-Times editor says ownership does not make editorial decisions.

Rauner’s campaign says it’s saddened to see McKinney leave and they wish him the best.


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  • Diane

    The loving spouse is a “democratic political strategist.”. Only an idiot or a low-info-voter would NOT see that as a conflict of interest in journalism. What I take from the story is the wife has more earning potential than news reporters so he’s waving good-bye. I suggest you look for a job on one of the many left leaning media outlet and you will have a happier marriage,