• Judge Diane Cannon

Is the Chicago Headline Club guilty of wishful thinking?

Last month a Cook County Circuit Court judge made a ruling that was good for journalism. Citing the Illinois Reporter’s Privilege Act, Judge Diane Cannon quashed subpoenas that requested working materials from the Tribune, the Sun-Times, and the Loyola University student newspaper, the Loyola Phoenix. All three papers had covered the beating of a gay man last January, the Phoenix because one of the three suspects was a Loyola student at the time. The attorney for another suspect subpoenaed the materials in hopes of finding evidence that the victim told inconsistent stories and perhaps lied under oath.