Statehouse Press Room, Springfield, IL 62706
OR Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
60611
217-782-6296
Ray Long
Statehouse reporter, investigator and specialist
My Role

I cover the Greatest Beat on Planet Earth--Illinois government and politics, where Ryan and Blagojevich left for prison and Obama left for Washington. Now it's Quinn, the Madigans, the wannabes and the worker bees, the wishes, wins and losses of Rahm Emanuel in Springfield. Hard edge, daily crush, investigations, analysis. Reach out to me. Send your tips, stories and ideas to RLong at Tribune.com. Follow me on Twitter @RayLong and on Facebook RayLongTribune
My Biography

For more than three decades, 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, contract scams and major legislative issues under five 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 has 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. Along the way, 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

--Truth; drumming for rock, jazz, blues, rap, orchestral; playing bad golf; following Da Bears; cheering for, in order, the Sox, LA, Cardinals and Cubs.

--Long has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television shows, including several years with Bill Cameron's 'Connected to Chicago' Sunday mornings on WLS-AM.

--Long loves helping develop the next generation of reporters as journalism goes through its great transformation into the digital age. He teaches a graduate journalism class on covering government and politics at Columbia College Chicago. He also mentors a graduate student from the University of Illinois Springfield during a six-month internship in the Tribune's capitol bureau each year.