Spring ’11 Convention – Quad Cities

Registration is now closed for the April 15 – 17 convention at the Holiday Inn Rock Island.  However, there may still be some seats available. Contact Convention Chair Kim Boomer at 314-369-9240 or at k_boomer@hotmail.com.


Registration is now closed for the April 15 – 17 convention at the Holiday Inn Rock Island.  However, there may still be some seats available. Contact Convention Chair Kim Boomer at 314-369-9240 or at k_boomer@hotmail.com.



Prices and Registration:

Professional Members $80
Non-members $90
Student Members $60
Saturday Sessions (w/ lunch only) $40
Saturday Dinner Only $50
Member Spouse $60


 IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you need a special accommodation in order to fully

participate in this conference, including a special dietary need, please contact
Kim Boomer at 314-369-9240 or at k_boomer@hotmail.com by March 28, 2011

Friday, April 15

12:00-4:00pm – INBA Board Meeting
4:00 -8:00pm – Registration opens
5:00-800pm – INBA Scholarship Interviews
6:00-9:00pm – Opening reception

Saturday, April 16

8:00-10:00am – Registration table open
8:45am – Welcome
9:00-10:15am – Covering Sports:
     The Bears road to the NFC Championship, Jay Cutler’s injury, Albert Pujols’ contract, a high school team’s trip to state. We’re seeing sports stories (both hard news and features) capture headlines. If you find yourself assigned to a sports-related story for news, we’ll give you some ways to approach it for more than just the sports audience
10:30-11:45am Cameras in the Courts:
     Hear from the Iowa 7th District Chief Judge, the County Attorney for Scott County, Iowa about how the Hawkeye State allows cameras in its courtrooms, but also how it keeps it under control with rules put in place by the Iowa Supreme Court. Also, hear the local journalist who organizes pool camera coverage for the Quad Cities media market.
12:00-1:30pm – Lunch/INBA Business Meeting
1:30-3:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
River Flooding:
     Spring outlooks are calling for some flooding in parts of the state. Members of the U.S. Corps of Engineers will join us to discuss past floods (1993, 2008). Hear what they learned from the first 100-year old flood, how they used it to protect areas from the 2008 flood, and what when wrong. 
Energy Trends and Impacts in Illinois:
     What’s the current state of energy supplies and prices and what does the future hold? Trends and forecasts set the stage for a discussion about Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy mandates that affect the vast majority of Illinois consumers. From Wind Farm development to news of Biomass Power Plant projects, Illinois is seeing increasing activity in the area of renewable energy technologies. Learn what technologies are economically viable and more. 
3:00-5:00pm – SINBA Critiques
3:30-4:15pm – IRN/IPR Meetings
4:15-5:00pm – AP/SINBA
4:45pm – INBA Foundation
5:30pm – Cocktails
6:00pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Keynote Speaker
8:00-10:00pm – Illinois Associated Press/SINBA Awards

Sunday, April 17

9:00-10:15am – Amtrak in Illinois:
     There’s been a lot of talk about Amtrak over the past year, including a high speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis, and expansion of the rail service to the northwest part of the state (through the Quad Cities). An Amtrak spokesman and a member of the Midwest Rail Coalition will sit down with members to talk about the rail line’s future in Illinois.
10:30-12:00pm – Brunch/ Closing remarks


Keynote: Joseph Angotti

      Joe Angotti is an Emmy Award winning veteran of 22 years in network broadcast news.  He is the former senior vice president of NBC News and former executive producer of NBC Nightly News.  Mr. Angotti was also NBC’s Vice President and Executive Producer of Election Programs anchored by Tom Brokaw during the 1980’s.  In that capacity he was in charge of all NBC programming of the primary elections, the political conventions, presidential debates, election night coverage, and the inauguration.

                                                                   Photo Courtesy: Monmouth College

      During his years at NBC, Mr. Angotti supervised the network’s coverage of many historical events such as the signing of the Camp David Peace Accord, the Watergate hearings, the launches of the early space shuttles, over a dozen presidential summits, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.   Angotti won a national Emmy for his work on a series of stories on World Hunger broadcast on the NBC Nightly News.

      Since leaving NBC, Mr. Angotti opened his own production company, and worked with budding journalists at the University of Miami and Northwestern University in Evanston. He founded Northwestern News Network, and currently is a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.


The INBA Spring 2010 Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn – Rock Island.  The deadline for the discounted rate has passed. According to the hotel’s website, the rate is now $91 before taxes. Click the link above, or you can call the hotel at (309) 794-1212 to book your room for the weekend.