Veteran political reporter and frequent Chicago Tonight contributor Dave McKinney resigned from the Chicago Sun-Times today. The resignation brings to a head the brewing controversy over the owner's association with GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, and whether or not that association has influenced the paper's reporting in recent days. Paris Schutz has the story.
McKinney resigned following what he called “disturbing developments” after reporting a story critical of Rauner. In his resignation letter, he says the firewall protecting independent journalism was breached. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times abruptly brought back editorial endorsements, supporting its onetime owner Bruce Rauner without having interviewed either Rauner or Gov. Pat Quinn.