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Fall '11 Convention - Springfield

INBA Returns to Springfield!

INBA's next convention will be held September 23-25 in Springfield.  Convention planners are busy setting up sessions and finalizing details.  For information, or if you'd like to volunteer to help with the convention, contact convention chair Michelle Eccles at

Sessions and Workshops

Planned sessions will include:
--One Man Band Reporting
--Utilizing Social Networking to Report
--Investigative Reporting on a Shoestring Budget
--Opinion Journalism: Walking the Line
--Behind the Scenes, a session for producers
--Finding the "Best in People" at your workplace.

Convention organizers are also working on a tour of the Illinois Capitol.  Days and times for these sessions TBA.

Saturday Night Banquet

CBS Radio News Correspondent Peter King will be our keynote speaker on Saturday.

We'll also hold our annual Scholarship Auction during the Saturday night dinner. Proceeds go to the INBA Foundation, which provides scholarships to college students studying electronic journalism in Illinois. 

We're looking for items for the auction-- no item is too big or too small!  Contact auction chair Dave Dahl at


The convention will be held at the newly-renovated State House Inn, located directly across the street from the State Capitol.  INBA has negotiated a competitive $91/night (plus tax) room rate for convention attendees. 

The Route 66 Mother Road Festival is going on that same weekend, so make your reservations as soon as possible. The State House Inn offers an array of complimentary amenities, such as in-room high speed internet access, parking, and a full American breakfast buffet daily.

To reserve your room NOW, call the reservation desk at (217)  528-5100.

Prices and Registration:

Registration is now closed for the convention.  Some seats might be available-- contact convention chair Michelle Eccles at


Professional Members
Non-members $90
Student Members $70
Saturday Sessions (w/ lunch only) $45
Saturday Dinner Only $50
Member Spouse $70

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you need a special accommodation in order to fully participate in this conference, including a special dietary need, please contact Michelle Eccles at 217-753-5400, ext. 222 or at by September 2, 2011