Veteran business reporter and columnist David Roeder is leaving the Chicago Sun-Times to join the administration of Gov. Pat Quinn, reports Chicago journalist Robert Feder.
Feder writes, “Roeder told his bosses Wednesday that he has accepted a position as communications manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, starting Oct. 21. Based in Chicago, he will work on promoting business development for the state.
“During his 17 years at the Sun-Times, Roeder, 58, specialized in covering real estate development and the financial markets. He also was an impassioned advocate for his colleagues in the newsroom as treasurer of the Chicago Newspaper Guild and a longtime member of the union’s bargaining committee.
“‘Dave has had just a terrific run at the Sun-Times specifically on the commercial real estate beat,’ said Jim Kirk, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times. ‘He will be greatly missed by his many newsroom colleagues as well as those in the business community who followed his writing over the years.'”
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