Equality Illinois appoints communications liason

Tue. January 31, 2012 1:35 PM

Former Chicago Tribune White House correspondent and editor joins state's largest LGBT equality organization

Chicago, IL - Equality Illinois, the State's largest organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality, announces the appointment of Mitchell Locin as its first Communications Liaison.

A native of Chicago, Locin worked for 34 years at the Chicago Tribune, where he was a political reporter and then an editor. He brings with him a wealth of experience covering politics on the local, state and national levels and then taking a career turn to helping the Tribune navigate through the evolving world of electronic media.

"Mitch brings to Equality Illinois decades of understanding how the media work and a wealth of contacts in newsrooms throughout the state. He will help carry our advocacy for LGBT equality to all media in print and broadcasting, on the internet and through social media," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. "We are pleased that he is coming out of retirement for this important mission."

As a political writer, Locin covered state government in Chicago and Springfield and numerous political campaigns, including presidential races. While based in Washington, he covered Congress and Illinois issues and then was named White House correspondent during the first years of the Clinton administration.

Upon returning to Chicago, he was named Senior Electronic News Editor and led a team that helped shape the newspaper's content for use on chicagotribune.com and WGN-TV, CLTV and WGN radio, which are all owned by Tribune Company.

Creating the position of Communications Liaison at Equality Illinois signals a strengthening of the organization's commitment to reaching citizens throughout Illinois and sharing with them the challenges facing the expansion of LGBT civil rights, including protecting the newly-implemented civil union law, pursuing greater marriage equality, seeking fairness in family law, and creating safe school environments.

From a Press Release