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September 2010

Board and General Membership Meetings - Agenda

The INBA Board of Directors meets Friday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at the Parke Hotel in Bloomington, site of this year's fall convention.  The General membership will meet for its annual meeting on Saturday at lunch.  Below are the agenda for both meetings.

Board of Directors Meeting

General Membership Meeting

INBA Foundation Meeting

The INBA Foundation Board of Directors will hold a business meeting at 4:15 PM at the Parke Hotel in Bloomington. It is an open meeting.  The agenda follows.

I.     Call to Order

II.    Approval of Past Minutes

III.   President's Report

IV.  Treasurer's Report

V.   Fundraising Efforts

VI.  Old Business

VII. New Business


Passing of Dan Sprehe

Anna Panoka in Colorado passes word to me of the death of Dan Sprehe. He was a WIU grad who worked in Illinois and Wisconsin radio before moving on to the Chicago Inspector General's office. I did not know Dan but I am relaying this to all who did. I'm told he was in his early 30s and had been ill recently.

Convention Registration Update

Online registration for the Fall 2010 Convention is now closed.  If you'd still like to attend, please contact convention chair Jacob Long by phone at 618-322-8821

Katie Couric Swag for Scholarship Auction

Katie Couric has donated some swag for the INBAF scholarship auction coming up this weekend in Bloomington. There's a bunch more - I could only fit so much in the pic!

I look forward to seeing a lot of Illinois pals at the INBA convention - Get out your checkbook! 

Cams and Mics in Federal Courts

Encouraging news...from Tom Taylor, at

Finally, cameras and mics in federal courts, in a three-year trial.

Profiling the Media?

A State Journal-Register reporter who covered a murder trial in Quincy last spring believes he was targeted by law enforcement because of news articles he wrote about the trial, his lawyer says.

Records show that Bruce Rushton had just finished covering the Shirley Skinner murder trial for The State Journal-Register in Quincy on May 6 when he was pulled over outside the Adams County Courthouse and charged with driving with a suspended license and disregarding a stop sign.

NU Prof who took part in spring convention panel back in the news

NU prof: Computer research no joke
Reviled by McCain but defended as 'hard-core computer engineering

September 2, 2010
BY MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter/

Have you heard the one about the Northwestern University researcher who scored a bundle of federal stimulus cash -- a $712,883 grant -- to create joke-telling software?

It's no joke.
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Northwestern University computer professor Kristian Hammond says his automated humor-generation research is no laughing matter.