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CHICAGO-Business Insurance has made several changes to its Chicago editorial staff.

Richard M. Trout has been named assistant copy editor, while Matthew T.C. Scroggins has joined the staff as assistant directory editor and Amanda L. Milligan has joined as editorial assistant.

Mr. Trout is moving from the directory department to the copy desk, replacing Lee Velker, who resigned to pursue a journalism career in Maine.

Mr. Trout, 28, joined BI in August 1994 as assistant directory editor. Prior to that, he had worked for Crain Communications Inc., the publisher of BI, since November 1993.

Mr. Trout graduated cum laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He received a master of arts degree in professional writing from Illinois State University in Bloomington. Mr. Trout currently is pursuing a master of science degree in journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

He can be reached at 312-649-5283.

Mr. Scroggins, 23, replaces Mr. Trout on the directory staff. Mr. Scroggins previously worked as an assistant in the human resources office of Crain Communications, and previously served as a part-time researcher for BI and Advertising Age.

He graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.

Mr. Scroggins can be reached at 312-649-5483.

Ms. Milligan, 21, joins BI following her recent graduation from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.

In addition to assisting the editorial staff, she will oversee administration of BI's Web page.

She served as an intern with Crain's Chicago Business in 1996 and 1995.

Ms. Milligan can be reached at 312-649-5398.