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, covers state and local politics. He’s worked at the Observer since 1981 and taught courses on North Carolina politics at UNC Charlotte and Davidson College.