The focus of our work is state- and local-level government and economic reporting. A taxpayer sensibility distinguishes our work from other coverage of state and local issues. As a result of this approach, our readers are better informed about the focus of state and local government and its cost to the citizens whose tax dollars fund governmental decisions.
The Center Square is staffed by editors and reporters with extensive professional journalism experience. We engage readers with essential news, data and analysis – delivered with velocity, frequency and consistency.
We distribute our journalism through three main channels at no cost to our partners or readers: a newswire service to legacy publishers and broadcasters, TheCenterSquare.com, and social media.
Franklin Media Group is the exclusive advertising agency for both Illinois Radio Network and The Center Square. Founded in 2019, Franklin Media Group specializes in radio, display, newsletter and podcast advertising in and around IRN and TCS products. Headed by General Manager John Spataro, Franklin Media Group welcomes advertising requests of all kinds to help connect brands and organizations to the high-quality, news-focused audiences that listen to and read our news every day.
Illinois Radio Network is the news, sports and information service created specifically with radio in mind, providing indispensable content to affiliates across the state. IRN coverage is contemporary and contextual, designed for a statewide audience that is passionate about Illinois. Our journalists are accurate and ethical, providing uncommon insight into the state’s most relevant stories. Partners value IRN because our approach to news is thoughtful, complete and resonates with affiliate audiences.
IRN’s partnerships provide a unique platform to reach Illinoisans from small farm towns to large metro areas. Serving millions of listeners continuously since 1988, IRN is fiercely independent, and owned and operated in Illinois.
We believe intellectual diversity benefits American education and therefore seek to publish a thoughtful range of voices from teachers to advocates, scholars to parents, and industry leaders from the left, right, and center.
Our platform focuses its efforts on identifying and developing high-quality podcasts and promoting this content as part of the platform. America’s Talking Network improves the production, distribution, and growth of existing podcasts, while also heading the development of new content by means of strategic partnerships.