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Ray Long
Investigative projects reporter
My Role

Ray Long is an investigative projects reporter for the Chicago Tribune who has specialized in covering politics, government and scams against the public--sometimes all at once. Long chronicled how Ryan and Blagojevich left Springfield for prison and Obama left for Washington. He's also tracked Rauner, Quinn, Thompson, Edgar, the Madigans, the wannabes, the worker bees and the wishes, wins and losses of Mayors Daley and Emanuel. Now working on investigations full time from Chicago, he welcomes you to send tips, stories and ideas to RLong at Tribune.com. Follow on Twitter @RayLong and on Facebook RayLongTribune
My Biography

For more than 35 years, award-winning reporter Ray Long has covered Illinois government and politics, including for the Chicago Tribune since 1998. He's authored ground-breaking stories about political scandals, pension abuses, questionable public spending, corrupt contracts and major legislative issues under six governors and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

His work includes numerous hard-edged individual and team investigations about formerly imprisoned Gov. George Ryan, a Republican, and impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat sentenced to prison for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by another graduate of the Illinois legislature, President Barack Obama.

Long served several years as president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association, the press corps that covers the state capitol. He has received many local and national awards for individual and team reporting, including for spot news, enterprise, investigations and news analysis.

He was inducted into the Public Affairs Reporting Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2008, and he was inducted into the journalism Hall of Fame at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, where he was co-winner of the school's reporter of the year award in 2009.

He formerly ran The Associated Press bureau in Springfield; he covered Daley's City Hall, the Cook County Board, courts and state government for the Chicago Sun-Times; he covered local, state and federal beats for the Peoria Journal Star, and he interned at the Alton Telegraph. His journey has taken him to national political conventions, South Africa, the White House, the underbelly of Illinois politics and the one and only Chicago Way.

Parachuting into Springfield when not based at the Capitol full time, Long has covered all or part of every legislative session since 1981 except for two: 1982 and 1983, when he covered the UAW-Caterpillar strike that lasted a record 205 days.

My Interests

--Long has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television shows, including several years as a regular weekly panelist on Bill Cameron's WLS weekend show 'Connected to Chicago.'

--Long has taught graduate journalism classes on public affairs reporting at Columbia College Chicago and beginning reporting at Illinois Central College, East Peoria.