Springfield, Illinois – Law Bulletin Media won three editorial awards and 10 advertising awards at the Illinois Press Association’s (IPA) annual Excellence in News and Advertising convention August 11-12, 2022.
Grace Barbic, who covers the Cook County Circuit Court for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, received second place for her government beat reporting. John McNally and Jessie Molloy won recognition for their obituaries on prominent legal leaders.
Adam Hrejsa and Adam Pantone took three first-place awards for best annual special section, best classified ad and best online ad. They also received seven other awards for other special sections and ads.
“The Illinois Press Association does amazing and important work, and receiving this recognition from them each year means a lot to us. I am very proud of the work our editorial and advertising teams have accomplished this past year of transition. I am looking forward to our continued growth as we focus on expanding our coverage while maintaining journalistic excellence,” said Peter Mierzwa, president of Law Bulletin Media and publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
This year’s IPA awards also included the inaugural Michael B. Kramer Legislative Service Award to recognize outstanding contributions by IPA members to promote and protect issues important to the newspaper industry. The award was named in honor of former Law Bulletin Media president Mike Kramer, who served as the Chairman of the IPA’s legislative committee, and he was posthumously recognized as the first recipient of the award.
In announcing the new award, IPA CEO Don Craven, who worked closely with Mike over the years, recognized Mike’s dedication to protecting the IPA’s interests. “Mike understood that perhaps the most important element of the IPA lobbying efforts was the personal relationships between our members and the members of the General Assembly,” Craven said. “Mike enjoyed meeting with elected officials one on one, but he most enjoyed attending events where he could talk to many members at once. Mike could literally take over the room.”