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Title:Local Journalism Task Force
Meeting Information:

​The Task Force shall meet a minimum of 5 times to review, study, and analyze existing literature as well as quantitative and qualitative data on the status of journalism in the State of Illinois.

Contact Name:Emily Bolton
Contact Title:Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Function:The Local Journalism Task Force is established to: (1) conduct a comprehensive, nonbinding study relative to communities underserved by local journalism in Illinois; and (2) review all aspects of local journalism including, but not limited to, the adequacy of press coverage of communities, the ratio of residents to media outlets, the history of local news in Illinois, print and digital business models for media outlets, the impact of social media on local news, strategies to improve local news access, and public policy solutions to improve the sustainability of local press business models and private and nonprofit solutions.
Senate Confirmation:No
Qualifications:
Composition:The Task Force shall include the following members: one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; one member of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate; one member of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; and one member appointed by the Governor. The Task Force shall also include the following members appointed by the Governor: one representative of the Chicago News Guild; one representative of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communication Workers of America; one representative of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University; one representative of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield; one representative of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; one representative of the Illinois Press Association; one representative of the Illinois Broadcasters Association; one representative of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association; one representative of the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council; one representative of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association; one representative of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; one representative of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance; one representative of the National Association of Black Journalists; one representative of the Association of LGBTQ Journalists; one representative of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; one representative of the Asian American Journalists Association; one representative of the Native American Journalists Association; and one representative of the Illinois Municipal League.
Authority:20 ILCS 4108

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Abudayyeh, Jordan9/2/2021GovernorMember
Butler, Rep. Tim9/14/2021Minority Leader of the House of RepresentativesMemberMember of the House of Representatives
Del Toro Huerta, Jose de Jesus 11/10/2022GovernorMember, Representative of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance
DeWitte, Sen. Don10/21/2021Minority Leader of the SenateMemberMember of the Senate
Dooley, Jennifer11/10/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association
Fisher,Sammy R.11/10/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Illinois Press Association
Franklin, Timothy4/19/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University
Jacob, Mark3/16/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Chicago News Guild
Layser, Nicole3/16/2022GovernorMember, representative of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
McGhee, Josh11/10/2022GovernorMember, Representative of the National Association of Black Journalists
Moore Wolfe, Julie8/29/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Illinois Municipal League
Myers, Tim11/4/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Illinois Broadcasters Association
Piscia, Jason3/16/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield
Rhodes, Adam 11/18/2022GovernorMember, Representative of the Association of LGBTQ Journalists
Stadelman, Sen. Steve 1/11/20235/24/2022President of the SenateMemberMember of the Senate
VACANTGovernorMember, representative of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
VACANTGovernorMember, representative of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association
VACANTGovernorMember, representative of the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council
VACANTGovernorMember, Representative of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
VACANTGovernorMember, Representative of the Asian American Journalists Association
VACANTGovernorMember, Representative of the Native American Journalists Association
Vella, Rep. Dave8/24/2021Speaker of the House of RepresentativesMemberMember of the House of Representatives
Willadsen, Christopher3/16/2022GovernorMember, representative of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America