The state seal at the entrance to the Legislative Building in Raleigh.
The state seal at the entrance to the Legislative Building in Raleigh. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
The state seal at the entrance to the Legislative Building in Raleigh. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

Jim Morrill, who grew up near Chicago, has worked at the Observer since 1981 and covered state and local politics since the mid-1980s. He’s taught about North Carolina politics at UNC Charlotte and Davidson College.