February 21, 2024 9:25 pm CST

About Heartland Newsfeed

Heartland Newsfeed features hard-hitting investigative reporting, in-depth political coverage, timely behind-the-scenes sports analysis, and insightful entertainment and cultural coverage.

Our news organization strives to maintain a commitment to transparency and deliver groundbreaking news that no local or mainstream platform provides.

We also strive to have a diverse staff, which we hope to see to full fruition by 2030.

Heartland Newsfeed is working on expanding its bureaus with the following digital departments which include seven former print and/or digital newspapers: Arena SportsNet Chicago, Champaign-Urbana Courier, The Daily American News, Illinois Intelligencer, ISNet America, Metro-East Journal, Murphysboro American, The Illinois Report, Sideline Sports Media, Mattoon Messenger, 365 News Daily, Baseball News Portal, and Financial News Minute.

We are looking to acquire digital media outlets as time passes.


Heartland Newsfeed is published online in Nokomis by Heartland Media Group of Central Illinois, LLC.

It is devoted to the progress and best interests of the citizens within the areas of central, southern, and the Metro-East regions of Illinois, and all of Eastern Missouri.

800 Capps Ave. Nokomis, IL 62075
Phone: (217) 569-4230

There is no subscription fee for our content, as we are advertiser, viewer, and listener supported.

News content and sports scores deadline: Daily and weekends, 11 p.m. Central

Advertising and classifieds deadline: Monday through Friday, 7 p.m.

News tips, press releases, sports scores, and other content can be remitted to:
Via emailjake.leonard@heartlandnewsfeed.com
Via postal mail: Heartland Newsfeed, 800 Capps Ave., Nokomis, IL 62075

Letters to the Editor should be brief, timely, and to the point. Letters that do not contain an email or phone number (for verification purposes only) will not be published. Letters may be edited for clarity and grammar. Further guidelines are available on the “Write for Us” page.

Editorial Disclaimer: All submitted content is subject to editing and final approval. This is to ensure there is the proper use of grammar, punctuation, syntax, and sentence structure prior to publication.

Heartland Newsfeed and Heartland Media Group of Central Illinois, LLC reserve the right to deny or refuse any article deemed unfit for publication.

The editorial team reserves the right to edit content promoting advertising or solicitations to reach third-party individuals and organizations.

Publisher Heartland Media Group of Central Illinois
General Manager Jake Leonard
Advertising Director – Website  
Advertising Director – Radio and Podcast  
Advertising Sales Staff  
Office Administrator  
Office Staff  

Editor-In-Chief Jake Leonard @JakeLeonardJRN
Associate Editor – Illinois    
Associate Editor – Missouri    
Associate Editor – National    
Managing Editor – Illinois    
Managing Editor – Missouri    
Managing Editor – Sports    
Managing Editor – Politics    
Managing Editor – Investigations    
Managing Editor – Entertainment    
Editorial Page Editor Jake Leonard @JakeLeonardJRN
Editorial Board Jake Leonard, Ben Cox
seeking six more board members
Columnists – General Rix Quinn, Rick Steves  


Regional Editors Region  
Bond, Christian, Macoupin, Montgomery, Sangamon IL Region 1 Jake Leonard
Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Effingham, Moultrie IL Region 2 East  
Fayette, Logan, Macon, Shelby IL Region 2 West  
Champaign, DeWitt, McLean, Piatt IL Region 3 East  
Cass, Morgan, Menard, Scott IL Region 3 Capital Ben Cox
Mason, Peoria, Tazewell IL Region 3 West  
Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Pike IL Region 4  
Greene, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair IL Region 5 Metro  
Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, Washington IL Region 5 East  
Franklin, Perry, Randolph IL Region 5 South  
Cape Girardeau, Perry MO Region 6 East  
St. Francois, St. Genevieve MO Region 6 West  
Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson MO Region 7  
St. Louis City, St. Louis County MO Region 8 STL Inner Metro  
Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren MO Region 8 STL Outer Metro  
Pike, Ralls MO Region 9 East  
Audrain, Monroe, Montgomery MO Region 9 West  
Clark, Lewis, Marion MO Region 10 East  
Knox, Scotland, Shelby MO Region 10 West  

Bureau Chiefs Region  
Springfield Illinois Capital Bureau  
St. Louis St. Louis Bureau  
Jefferson City Missouri Capital Bureau  

Bureau Chief  
Washington, D.C.  
Other contributors  
Columnists Thomas Knapp


Associate Editors  
Staff Reporters  
Digital Exclusives  
Prep Sports Editor  
Prep Sports Reporters  
College Sports Editor  
College Sports Reporters  
Amateur/Pro Sports Editor  
MLB – Cardinals Staff Reporters  
NHL – Blues Staff Reporters  
UFL – BattleHawks Staff Reporters  
MLS – City SC Staff Reporters  
Investigations Editor  
Entertainment Editor  
Breaking News Editor  
Photo Desk Editor  
Managing Editor – Newswire  
Director of News Productions  
Director of Special Projects  
Director of Digital Operations  
Radio Network General Manager and Program Director Jake Leonard
Podcast Network General Manager and Program Director Jake Leonard
Director of Media Partnerships

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