Groups like the Illinois Policy Institute, the Illinois News Network, and Local Government Information Services (LGIS, a media organization run by Dan Proft) produce newspapers and websites that spread biased, often false information disguised as news.

We have compiled this list of illegitimate “news” sources. Use good judgement and check sources when you see something suspicious in the news.

Illinois Policy Institute (and affiliates listed below)
• State Policy Network
• Institute for Truth in Accounting
• Heartland Institute
• Lincoln Lobby Facebook group

Franklin News Foundation (previously known as the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)
• Illinois News Network (INN – former media arm of the Illinois Policy Institute)
• The Center Square
• Illinois Radio Network (IRN)

Media companies and shows associated with Dan Proft, a super-wealthy, controversial right-wing extremist.
• LGIS Publications
o Carbondale Reporter
o Chambana Sun
o Chicago City Wire
o DuPage Policy Journal
o DeKalb Times
o East Central Reporter
o Galesburg Reporter
o Grundy Reporter
o Illinois Valley Times
o Kane County Reporter
o Kankakee Times
o Kendall County Times
o Lake County Gazette
o Macon Reporter
o McHenry Times
o McLean County Times
o Metro East Sun
o North Cook News
o North Egypt News
o NW Illinois News
o Peoria Standard
o Prairie State Wire
o Quincy Reporter
o Rock Island Today
o Rockford Sun
o Sangamon Sun
o SE Illinois News
o South Central Reporter
o South Cook News
o Southern Illinois News
o SW Illinois News
o West Central Reporter
o West Cook News
o Will County Gazette

• Salem Radio Network’s “Sixty Seconds of Sanity”

• AM 560 The Answer