Mission Statement

The Illinois Press Foundation is dedicated to promoting and protecting free expression through educational activities that foster the practice and respect of First Amendment principles and values, to enhance the quality of services provided by newspapers to their communities, and to support reading and literacy efforts.

 

The IPF was established in 1982 as the charitable arm of the Illinois Press Association.

IPF News
The Illinois Press Foundation is honored to have a 2018 national award-winner on its board! Sally Renaud was one of five educators recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association as Pioneer Award recipients. Sally was awarded Nov. 3 during the JEA/NSPA convention in Chicago.The Pioneer is the highest honor NSPA awards to journalism educators. Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school journalism programs and scholastic journalism education outside their pr...
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At its December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors awarded three $1,200 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students: Cassandra “Cassie” Buchman, Grant Morgan and Lindsey Salvatelli. “In talking to all of these kids, they’re really passionate about journalism,” IPF Director Jeff Rogers said. “They all have passion. Having been in journalism for nearly 30 years, it’s refreshing ...
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The Illinois Press Foundation is launching a news service, Capitol Newswire Illinois, to provide coverage of state government to newspapers and broadcasters across the state. The objective is to reinvigorate coverage of state government in Illinois to create a centralized and unbiased source of news content for media and citizens.The IPF is seeking a full-time reporter to work with our full-time bureau chief and interns in this effort. The reporter will cover the activities of the Legislature, g...
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Illinois Press Association Director of Foundation Jeff Rogers (left) and CEO Sam Fisher (right) accept the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award on Nov. 3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.The IJEA annually honors an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to scholastic journalism. The IJEA selects honorees who have supported their mission by assisting IJEA in promoting high standards of scholastic journalism and elev...
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Foundation Director and Board of Directors
  • Jeff Rogers
    Director
  • Jerry Reppert
    President
  • Jim Slonoff
    Vice President
  • Nathan Jones
    Treasurer
  • Charlie Wheeler
    Secretary
  • Dave Bell
  • Greg Bilbrey
  • Julie Boren
  • Dr. Peggy Bradford
  • Kathy Farren
  • John Galer
  • Linda Jones
  • Carter Newton
  • Doug Ray
  • John David Reed
  • Sally Renaud
  • Jim Shrader
  • Randy Swikle
  • Jon Whitney
  • Wayne Woltman
  • Lanning Macfarland
    Emeritus Director
  • Tom Phillips
    Emeritus Director
  • Cheryl Wormley
    Emeritus Director