Sad day for Chicago Sun-Times and journalism

The Chicago Headline Club is shocked and disappointed to learn of the resignation of Dave McKinney, the respected longtime Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. To pull a reporter off of his beat, and offer him what he considers a demotion following a political campaign’s objection to a story, weakens the institution of the free press. This is […]

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Meetup Happy Hour With IRE Chicago

We’re partnering with IRE Chicago for the next Burger Night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Billy Goat, 430 N. Michigan Ave. Bring a colleague to introduce to the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) community and come down for some burgers, investigative reporting and meeting other reporters. Please join the Chicago IRE meetup.com group if you haven’t already […]

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Annual Les Brownlee party

Let’s Celebrate! 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sun. Aug. 10 We who cherished Les– -journalists, students, friends, neighbors – will once again celebrate his life Sun. Aug. 10 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 537 Judson Ave. in Evanston. This is the beautiful home near Lake Michigan that Les shared with his wife, Priscilla […]

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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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