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Update 5/21/09 - Dueling FOI Drafts

A second, separate proposal to change to both the FOIA and the position of Pubic Access Counselor is being circulated. It appears to be fiendishly watered-down... to the point that it actually is a regression from the FOI law as it currently stands. We're working to find out more about it so we can craft an appropriate response. In the meantime, we still believe the HB4165 and the amendment to HB1370 should be supported. Check back here often for updates.

-- Jim Gee
INBA President

FOI Law Change - INBA Members Act Now!


Lawmakers are moving closer to a revision of Illinois' Freedom of Information Act. While not perfect, it represents a good start. That analysis, as you'll see below in a report from our FOI chair Bob Roberts, comes with some substantial caveats.

It is important that you talk about these proposed changes in your newsrooms this week-- the FOI law is instrumental to our mission as broadcast journalists to keep the public informed. No change in this law should be made lightly or proceed without our voice being hear. I also ask that members bring this to their news directors and general managers. These changes deserve a full-throated response from management.

2009 Spring Convention is here!

2009 Spring: Champaign
INBA Spring Convention
April 24-26, 2009
I-Hotel and Conference Center
Champaign, IL

Online registration now open!

Members $75
Non-members $85
Student members $60
Sat. dinner only $60
Sat. sessions (w/lunch) $50
Member's spouse $60

Room rate is $109 + tax and is reserved through the hotel.
1. Go to
2. Click "attendee code" at the lower left of the page, under the reservation section.
3. Enter "AINB" as the attendee code

Attendees can also call the I-Hotel at 217.819.5000


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