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August 2009

Updates 9/1/09 - JobFile E-mail and the Forum

We have sent out a test e-mail to subscribers of the JobFile using a new service.  You should have received this early Tueday morning (9/1/09).  If you do not see it in your inbox, check your spam or junk mail folders.

A text version of the 8/28/09 JobFile is available here.  We hope to resume normal JobFile service on Friday.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience.

Meanwhile, we're adding functionality and content to our new site.  The INBA Forum is now open-- feel free to engage in conversation and offer suggestions.  Remember-- anyone can view the Forum-- but you must be logged-in to post replies and start new conversations.

Website Bugs / Troubleshooting

Hello, and I hope you are enjoying the new INBA website.  

I wanted to start a thread on the forum as a place to report bugs or problems with the site, so we can make sure the infrastructure is sound before we add any additional features.  If you notice a problem with the site, or something that just doesn't look right, please post it in this thread and I will investigate. 

One recurring issue... I have recieved a few emails about seeing your name twice in the "Who's online" when you are logged in.  

I'm not sure what is causing that hiccup, but I also see myself twice in the list.  I'm trying to figure it out, but for now it seems to be just a hiccup.

If you notice any other bugs please post them here!  Thanks!


Matt Swaney
Webmaster |

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

The future broadcasters of Illinois need your help!  We’re only a few weeks away from the Fall Convention in Peoria, and it’s time to start thinking about scholarship auction items.  

If you have sports tickets, gift certificates or anything else we can auction off for cash we’re looking for you!  

Test video

Proposed Change to Bylaws

This is official notice of a proposed change to the INBA Bylaws, approved by the Board of Directors on July 18, 2009. It will be introduced to the general membership for its consideration at our annual business meeting on Saturday, October 3 at noon in Peoria.

KARE-TV's Award-winning Reporter/Photog Team Headlines Convention

Boyd Huppert and Jonathan Malat have worked as a team the past 13 years at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, gaining national recognition for their reporting and photography - including this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature reporting.  

Jonathan was named Television News Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in both 1998 and 2002, placing him among a handful of photographers to win the award twice.  Jonathan’s photography has also been twice recognized with the National Edward R. Murrow Award.

INBA Applauds Governor for Signing FOIA Reform Bill

The Illinois News Broadcasters Association is applauding Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to sign into law SB 189, the long-overdue revision of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

INBA President Jim Gee said he is especially happy that Quinn did not buckle under pressure to use his amendatory veto power to weaken the bill.  “INBA is very pleased that the governor decided to do the right thing and sign the bill without amendments,” Gee said.  “Now that this is law, it’s up to everyone in Illinois to make use of it and make sure that the letter of the law is being followed.”

Governor Signs FOIA Reforms

Today Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 189 into law-- a major reform of the Freedom of Information Act. INBA praises the Governor for implementing these reforms without exercising his amendatory veto power.

INBA members were among the many voices which urged Quinn to take swift action on these reforms. The signing comes after weeks of uncertainty. Several groups, most notably the Illinois Municipal League, had organized in opposition of the bill.

While not a complete reform of FOIA, the new measure, which takes effect in January, eliminates loopholes and provides swifter recourse for those who seek information from government agencies in Illinois.

 Many thanks to all INBA members who took time to call, write, or e-mail the Governor's office on this important issue!