Ben is The Daily Line's legislative reporter covering Illinois state government. He came to The Daily Line in January 2022 from Shaw Media where he covered local government in McHenry County for the Northwest Herald. Ben is a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield. There he was also an intern for the State Journal-Register and covered the Illinois General Assembly. A native of the north suburbs, Ben enjoys following Chicago sports and spending time outdoors.

See Ben's work: stories 

Contact Ben: [email protected]

Illinois Legislative Reporter

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Michael McDevitt, a native Bostonian, is returning to Chicago where he first attended Loyola University to join The Daily Line as reporter covering City Hall and Cook County. Michael, 25, spent the last three years reporting on city hall and county government in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the states second largest city for the USA Today Network. He bills himself "a municipal government nerd" and expects to apply the skills he developed there to his new job.

While a Loyola student, Michael worked for the award-winning student newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix, as a reporter and graduating in the role of managing editor. Michael has interned with CBS Chicago’s investigative team and reported stories for the Sun-Times as an intern and freelancer. When Michael’s not sitting in a committee meeting, catch him rewatching “Better Call Saul,” playing with his cat, listening to a podcast while at the gym or trying a new coffee shop or craft brewery.

Read Michael's work: stories

Contact Michael: [email protected]

Chicago & Cook County Reporter

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