1993

Judge James C. Craven

Springfield

 

1994

John Foreman

Publisher

News-Gazette, Champaign

 

1995

Shawn Denney

Counsel to the Illinois Attorney General

 

1996

Edmund J. Rooney

Director

National Freedom of Information Studies

Loyola University

 

1997

Harold “Hal” Fuson

Vice President & Chief Legal Officer/Secretary

Copley Press

 

1998

Bill Miller

Public Affairs Reporting Program

University of Illinois-Springfield

 

1999

Associated Press Illinois

 

2000

Marx Gibson

General Manager

The Herald-News, Joliet

 

2001

Steven Helle

Department of Journalism

University of Illinois-Champaign

 

2003

Phil Kadner

Columnist/Associate Editor

The Daily Southtown, Chicago

 

2004

Richard Parmater

Editor

The Regional News, Palos Heights

 

2005

John David Reed

Professor of Journalism

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

 

2006

Patrick Coburn

Publisher

State Journal-Register Springfield

 

2007

Bernie Judge

Publisher

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

 

2009

Bruce Dold

Editorial Page Editor

Chicago Tribune

 

2010

Marion Best

Publisher

The News-Progress, Sullivan

 

2015

Donald M. Craven

Craven Law Office

Legal Counsel

Illinois Press Association