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INBA Joins in Blagojevich Retrial Petition

The Illinois News Broadcasters Association joined the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Illinois Press Association in urging Judge James Zagel to keep former Governor Rod Blagojevich's upcoming retrial as open as possible.

INBA Lauds Open Court in Peterson Hearing

CARBONDALE- The Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) is applauding Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court for its decision to allow the public to fully observe the recent hearing of Drew Peterson.

The ruling made it possible for the hearing to be shown live on the web, a first in Illinois history. The decision, which allowed one camera to capture proceedings for a hearing in the former Bolingbrook police officer's trial for the murder of his third wife, opened new doors in INBA’s fight to allow cameras and microphones in Illinois’ trial courts.

Past President Clark "Ira" Kelly Dies

INBA mourns the loss of Past President Clark "Ira" Kelly, who passed away Monday at the age of 71.

Kelly, a native of the Bureau County area, lived and worked in western Illinois nearly all of his life. He began his career in newspapers, and later worked for WSDR and WIXN in Dixon, IL.

Kelly served on INBA's Board of Directors from 1977-1978, and was elected Vice President in 1980. He assumed the role of President after Frank Graham left office later that year. After his terms as President and Past President, Kelly was again elected to serve... this time as Executive Secretary from 1984-1985. During his tenure, INBA established a dedicated Legal Defense Fund, and set aside $2,000 to help the cause.

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