Thanks, Gov. Quinn

The Chicago Headline Club applauds Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision vetoing legislation that would limit public access to state records. Quinn on June 27 issued a veto message in which he said, “House Bill 3796 is a bill that reduces government transparency by limiting the ability of citizens who seek public records under the Freedom of […]

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Quinn vetoes HB 3796 — CHC statement

From CHC president Fernando Diaz: “The Chicago Headline Club is encouraged by Gov. Quinn’s decision to veto HB 3796 as the bill was a blatant effort to erode the public trust. The public and elected officials must ensure that government is open and transparent and shares as much of the public’s business as possible.” See […]

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Illinois Patch reporter wins Press Freedom Award

An Illinois reporter fighting prosecutorial pressure to disclose the identity of a confidential source and a Bahraini photographer sentenced to a decade in jail effectively because he did his job–these are the winners of the National Press Club’s 2014 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award. Each year, the club honors two recipients of the award, one […]

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Gov. Quinn, veto HB 3796‏

The Chicago Headline Club is dismayed by the quick action taken by the Illinois legislature on HB 3796, which puts new limitations on the state’s Freedom of Information Act. In essence, the bill, if signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, “…adds provisions to the Freedom of Information Act to create a category of requests called “Voluminous […]

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A Victory for Transparency in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that state’s attorneys are government officials subject to state public-records law. The unanimous ruling released Thursday forces county prosecutors to release public records under the Freedom of Information Act. The law is intended to improve government transparency. The case began when a reporter asked for […]

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Lack of funds for SIU’s Daily Egyptian disturbing

To SIU President Randy Dunn and the SIU Board of Trustees: The Chicago Headline Club is extremely disturbed by reports that Southern Illinois University’s “Daily Egyptian” newspaper may discontinue due to lack of funding. The nearly century-old Daily Egyptian is one of the crown jewels of SIU, and has trained hundreds of professional journalists around […]

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Congratulations to our 2013 Lisagor winners!

The Chicago Headline Club presented the winners of its 2013 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner tonight before more than 350 people at the Union League Club of Chicago.  The awards recognize the best of Chicago journalism and are named for Peter Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976. […]

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The Peter Lisagor Awards — May 2

The 37th Annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism May 2 Master of Ceremonies:  Andy Shaw, Better Government Association  Union League Club of Chicago at 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. Dinner and awards presentation: 7 p.m. Parking is $10 in garage adjacent to the ULC Congratulations to our finalists! The Chicago Headline Club […]

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