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Morningstar Associates Receives Subpoena from Department of Labor, Follows Similar Requests from New York Attorney General and SEC

CHICAGO, May 24, 2005 – Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:MORN) today announced that the Department of Labor has issued a request for information in the form of a subpoena to Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, seeking information and documents related to certain services Morningstar Associates offers to retirement plan providers and retirement plan sponsors.

Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar, said, “We believe the request from the Department of Labor is related to the requests we received in December 2004 from the New York Attorney General’s office and the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the work we offer to retirement plan providers, including fund lineup recommendations for retirement plan sponsors.”

Mansueto added, “We are fully cooperating with all three agencies and support the work they are doing to help protect the interests of investors.”

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of investment research in the United States and in major international markets. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutional clients. As of Dec. 31, 2004, Morningstar provided data on more than 125,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. The company has operations in 16 countries.

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