Aragon Global Founder Launches Ill. News Web Site

Nov 20 2012 | 12:43pm ET

A Chicago hedge fund executive's long-planned "citizen journalism" Web site is officially online.

Aragon Global Management founder Anne Griffin is behind Reboot Illinois, a Web site that will focus on jobs and business, government finance, fraud and accountability and education. While Griffin and her husband, Citadel Investment Group chief Kenneth Griffin, are well-known Republican donors, Reboot Illinois will be officially non-partisan. For example, yesterday's debut featured an essay by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, on "the worst-funded pension system in America."

Griffin herself will have no day-to-day role in the Web site, although she is its sole financial backer. Madeleine Doubek, a former editor of suburban Chicago's Daily Herald, is chief operating officer and in charge of editorial content.

"We intend to be the home and hub for people to speak up and speak out and take back ownership of our government in Illinois," Doubek said.

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