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A Chronology of Firsts


March, 1955 – first monthly newsletter, The Bulletin

April 2, 1955 – first convention, in Springfield

1955 – first president, Bill Small, WLS, Chicago

1957 – first lobby efforts in the state legislature

 1959 – first Man (now Illinoisan) of the Year award, Wayman Presley for  his efforts to build a cross on top of Bald Knob           

·1959 - first directory of members and station newsrooms

  1960 – first female elected to board, Madelyn Mervin, WJOL, Joliet

  1963 – first student scholarship, Alan Morris of the U of I

  1972 – first code of ethics, featuring nine points (updated in 1996 & 2011)

  1979 – first job-listing service in newsletter, now called the JobFile

  1983 – start of a free legal hotline for open meetings/freedom of information/questions (costs shared with the Illinois Broadcasters Association)

  1984 – first Students in the INBA (SINBA) chapter at SIU-Carbondale

  1984 – INBA is lead organization in getting Illinois Supreme Court to allow cameras and microphones in the supreme and appellate courts

  1990 – first professional lobbyist, Vickie Moseley

  2000 – first website at

   2003 – INBA Foundation recognized as 501(c)(3) – to raise and invest funds with dividends available for scholarships



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