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March 2015

60th Anniversary Shirts

To celebrate the INBA's 60 years of education, ethics and excellence in journalism, we are making anniversary t-shirts available.  Orders made by April 14 will be ready for pick-up when you check-in for the Spring Convention.  A few additional shirts will be available for sale at the convention.

Cameras in the High Court?

 With the Supreme Court considering numerous high-profile opinions in the coming months, Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation Wednesday to require open proceedings of the Court to be televised. Today’s bill introduction coincides with “Sunshine Week,” a national initiative aimed at promoting a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Makeover for Quad Cities Station

WHBF-TV in the Quad Cities has a new set, new name and new main anchors.  The changes were rolled out in early March, just after the end of the February ratings book. Anchors Jim Niedelman and Tiffany Lundberg, both new to the market, will do the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Chief meteorologist Andy McCray and sports director Jay Kidwell continue in their positions.  (All 4 are pictured above)

INBA Opposes HB261; Bill Fails in Committee

The Counties & Townships Committee of the Illinois House voted HB261 down 6-5 on March 12. The bill would have government units publish meeting schedules, tax deeds, estate claims and other information on their own websites; rather than requiring them to post public notices electronically (at no cost) -- on a statewide website maintained by the Illinois Press Association,