Joey McLaughlin

Joey McLaughlin

Joey McLaughlin is a 30 year veteran of radio and a lifelong resident of Illinois. He has lived in Central Illinois for the past 20 years and in Springfield for the past 15. His radio career had taken him from St. Louis to Chicago, Carbondale to Decatur among other Illinois cities.

He has interviewed governors, senators and mayors; rock stars, local bands and the occasional Elvis tribute artist or two. Joey has also been part of award winning news coverage… as Program Director of a news/talk in Decatur in the 90s, to assisting with coverage on the tornadoes that hit Springfield in 2006 when he was part of the WTAX’s sister station, COOL 101.9 (now 93.9). He’s also an award winning personality, earning honors from the Illinois Broadcasters Association when he worked on COOL, and has also worked at WYMG.

Joey earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Illinois-Springfield and is currently working on a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a certificate in Non-Profit Management. Joey enjoys working with non-profits. He has been part of the Kidzeum of Health and Science Board for the past 6 years. He also has worked with various not-for-profits in his various roles in radio.

He and his wife, Michelle (former Brand Manager/News Director of WTAX) live in Springfield with their three children, who attend Springfield Public Schools. Joey and Michelle value the education their children are getting in Springfield schools and both believe Springfield is a great place to raise a family. Springfield has so many enrichment opportunities in theater, art, sports and education. 

Recent Headlines

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What’s Left for Lawmakers to Do?

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The Illinois Legislature could give final approval to parts of a $36.3 billion budget as lawmakers head toward the end of their spring session.

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More Debate on Budget, Turnaround Agenda

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A busy day in the Illinois Senate included disposing of the Turnaround Agenda and sending budget bills to the governor.

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Lawmakers: At Least Turnaround Agenda Gets Hearings

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A veteran Republican lawmaker says he knows what to take away from the fact that Democrats would not support any of the governor's initiatives.

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Tort Reform Stalls

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The three bills that the Illinois Senate ran from the governor's Turnaround Agenda failed to get out of committee.

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State Unions Prepping for Strike?

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Democrats and the state's largest employee union say Gov. Bruce Rauner's approach to contract negotiations is so hostile he is intentionally preparing for a strike.