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 Historical Society





Sangamon County Historical Society

Reporting on Life--Taylor Pensoneau

  • November 18, 2014
  • 5:30 PM
  • Carnegie Room North, Public Lincoln Library, Springfield, IL
Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch Illinois political correspondent Taylor Pensoneau will share his stories about the people and events in his career during the November Sangamon County Historical Society program.  

Pensoneau, who spent 16 years at the Post-Dispatch, the last 12 covering the Illinois State House, left the newspaper in 1978 to begin what turned into a 26-year career with the Illinois Coal Association, the trade organization for the state's coal industry.  He retired in December 2003 as president of the association, carving out a second writing career as a biographer and historian.

He is the author of the widely acclaimed Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons, Southern Illinois' Legendary Gangsters, as well as three biographies of Illinois political heavyweights: Dan Walker: The Glory and the Tragedy; Richard Ogilvie: In the Interest of the State; and Powerhouse: Arrington from Illinois.  He also has penned one work of fiction, The Summer of '50, a mystery that revolves around Jake Brosky, a colorful investigative reporter for the St. Louis World.  

His newest book, Reporting on Life--and People Along the Way, is a memoir that provides a revealing portrait of an Illinois insider replete with poignancy, humor, and heartbreak.  In it, he takes readers behind the scenes in the Illinois Statehouse press room, the Watergate scandal, and the writing of his books.  

Pensoneau is past president of the Sangamon County Historical Society, a past president of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Center for the Book, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Illinois Issues magazine.  

The program begins at 5:30 pm in Carnegie Room North, City of Springfield's public Lincoln Library.  The event is free and open to the public.     

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