Taylor Pensoneau, a native of Belleville, Illinois, spent 12 years as the Illinois political correspondent of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 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, an intriguing mystery that revolves around Jake Brosky, a colorful investigative reporter for the St. Louis World.
After his overall 16-year stint with the Post-Dispatch ended in 1978, Pensoneau began 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.
Pensoneau resides in the village of New Berlin, 15 miles west of Springfield. Together with his wife Elizabeth, the retired editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine, they own and operate Downstate Publications. He is the former president of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. He also is a member of the Advisory Board for Illinois Issues magazine, former president of the Sangamon County Historical Society and president of the Board of Trustees of the West Sangamon Public Library District.
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