Lee Strubinger

Lee Strubinger is currently working his way through the University of Illinois Springfield's Public Affairs Reporting program and will be covering a range of issues...  anything from the steps of Springfield City Council to the Capitol.

He went to Illinois State University as an undergrad.  He worked for several media outlets, including WGLT (Bloomington-Normal public radio), the Indy (ISU's independent newspaper) and student newspaper The Daily Vidette.  He was born and raised in Western Illinois, and has lived in or extensively visited every portion of the state.

When Lee's not working at WUIS or his online class, he enjoys listening to country music on vinyl records, reading modernist literature, wearing denim, and losing at solitaire.  

New Philadelphia
5:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:21 pm

An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.  Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.

That site in Pike County marks the first town in the country founded by an African American.  Frank McWorter was a freed slave who created the community in 18-36.

Schock says creating a national park would allow more people to know the story of McWorter.  He says it work in tandem with Lincoln attractions in Springfield.

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Agriculture
7:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back

Barry High School and West Pike High School consolidated into Western High School. This is the entrance to the ag shop in Barry.
WUIS/Lee Strubinger

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:38 am

Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.  I graduated from high school there five years ago, and went back to report on how districts are struggling to pay for activities not tied to the core curriculum.

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Illinois Legislature
10:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly

Hemp rope

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:05 pm

Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp.  HB5085 is weaving it's way through the legislature.Lee Strubinger reports.

The Illinois Farm Bureau has been pushing the idea.  But hemp was banned in the 1970’s and labeled a controlled substance, as it is related to marijuana.

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