Home Login RADIO ONLINE RSS Facebook
Advertisement

Salem Journalist Amy Jacobson Sues Illinois Governor


Amy Jacobson
Amy Jacobson

Salem Media Group, Inc. and veteran Chicago journalist Amy Jacobson have filed a federal lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker after he announced Jacobson is no longer allowed at his media briefings. The lawsuit, Salem Media of Illinois, LLC v. Pritzker, was filed today in the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys also are asking the court to take immediate action to allow Jacobson back into the press briefings.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was one of the first governors in America to issue a statewide "stay-at-home" order, and has said that Illinoisans cannot resume normal activities until a "vaccine or highly-effective treatment" is available. He has also been critical of states that have lifted their lockdown orders.

On Friday, May 15, Jacobson broke the story that Pritzker's family had traveled to their equestrian estate in Wisconsin amid Illinois's stay-at-home order - weeks after it was reported that his family was at another estate in Florida. The news raised questions about why the stay-at-home order did not apply to the governor's family.

On the day of the governor's next press briefing, Pritzker's press secretary told Jacobson she was banned from the briefings because she had attended a rally advocating for Illinois to end its lockdown. When questioned by reporters about Jacobson's exclusion the next day, Pritzker told the press corps that Jacobson could not attend because advocating for Illinois to end its stay-at-home order represents an "extreme position."

Jacobson has worked for various television and radio stations across the country for more than 25 years and for the last decade has been a reporter and morning show host on Salem Media's Chicago station, AM 560 The Answer.

"We're disappointed that the governor would retaliate against her and take the unprecedented step of blocking her from his press briefings, said Jeff Reisman, RVP/GM of AM 560 The Answer. "We had hoped litigation would not be necessary, but it's imperative for Amy to get back into the room and keep doing her job."

Advertisement

Latest Radio Stories

Cumulus to Shut Down Westwood One News on August 30
Westwood One News
Westwood One News
Cumulus Media has notified all affiliates of its Westwood One News that the service would shut down on August 30. In a cancellation letter to stations, the company wrote, "Due to the extraordinary circumstances in the current marketplace, Westwood More

Jerry ''JT'' Tarrants Exits WRIF & WCSX/Detroit as PD
Jerry ''JT'' Tarrants
Jerry ''JT'' Tarrants
Jerry "JT" Tarrants exits Beasley Media Group's Active Rock WRIF-FM and Classic Rock WCSX-FM/Detroit as Program Director after seven years in the market. He joined WCSX as PD in 2013 and added WRIF programming duties lat December, replacing longtime More

iHeartMedia Flips WMIA/Miami to The New ''Totally 93.9''
WMIA-FM
WMIA-FM
iHeartMedia flips AC WMIA-FM (93.9 MIA)/Miami to the new "Totally 93.9," "All 90's, All the Time." The new format will play the biggest 90's hits from artists such as Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, NSYNC, Mariah Carey, Ricky More
Advertisement

FCC Fines Gow Media's KFNC/Houston $5200 Over Contest
KFNC-FM
KFNC-FM
The FCC is fining Gow Media's Sports KFNC-FM/Mont Belvieu, TX (Houston) $5200 after it violated the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize, thereby not conducting the contest substantially as announced or advertised. More

Country Radio Broadcasters 2020-2021 Board of Directors
Country Radio Broadcasters
Country Radio Broadcasters
The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for the organization's 2020-2021 board of directors. Returning as CRB Board President is Kurt Johnson of Townsquare Media, while John Shomby is elected as Vice President and returning as More

KYGO-FM/Denver Celebrating 40 Years as a Country Outlet
KYGO 40 Years
KYGO 40 Years
Bonneville's KYGO-FM/Denver is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a Country outlet this week. The station will mark the occasion with a day of special programming on Saturday, July 11, counting down the top 40 songs in the station's history from More

Return to Menu

Advertisement

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Radio news and headlines delivered right to your e-mail box -- and it's free.

Advertisement

Advertisement