Maureen Foertsch McKinney is a lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers. She is editor of the magazine's Briefly section. And she is responsible for working with the art director to conceptualize the art and photography used in the magazine. Maureen joined the staff in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She also has taught newswriting at Eastern Illinois University, where she graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.