Illinois Court Reporters Association

Illinois Court Reporters Association The mission of the Illinois Court Reporters Association is to maintain standards of excellence in verbatim shorthand reporting, to provide continuing educational opportunities and advocate technological advancements.

ILCRA wishes you all safe travels home. And as you come back to earth, we hope you hit the ground running with your new ...
09/23/2018

ILCRA wishes you all safe travels home. And as you come back to earth, we hope you hit the ground running with your new skills and all your motivation! Thanks to all for another great year!

Donna Urlaub not only writes at the speed of light, but she is the Yoda of teaching us briefs, tips, and tricks for writ...
09/22/2018

Donna Urlaub not only writes at the speed of light, but she is the Yoda of teaching us briefs, tips, and tricks for writing smarter!
Thank you as always, Donna, for sharing your light and your wisdom!

ILCRA sends many thanks to Alan Peacock for his interstellar presentations -- yes, two! Our membership appreciates your ...
09/22/2018

ILCRA sends many thanks to Alan Peacock for his interstellar presentations -- yes, two! Our membership appreciates your being here!

In case you missed her yesterday, Judy Lehman is at the Revo Text booth, ready to answer your questions about remote cou...
09/22/2018

In case you missed her yesterday, Judy Lehman is at the Revo Text booth, ready to answer your questions about remote court reporting!

When you learn as much as you laugh, you must be in a seminar with Kwahmec Rojas!
09/21/2018

When you learn as much as you laugh, you must be in a seminar with Kwahmec Rojas!

ILCRA wishes to thank our wonderful court reporting colleagues for volunteering to lead panel discussions on Eclipse and...
09/21/2018

ILCRA wishes to thank our wonderful court reporting colleagues for volunteering to lead panel discussions on Eclipse and Catalyst software.
You all are Out of This World!!!
(Please tag yourself or those you recognize!)

Great things are going to be happening to our website -- finally! Stay tuned...
09/20/2018

Great things are going to be happening to our website -- finally! Stay tuned...

National Court Reporters Association
09/15/2018

NCRA announces the 2018 CASE Scholarship winners: Ashley Stahl, Gateway Community College; Courtney Petros, MacCormac College; Suzanne M. Stone, Bryan University; Robin Rieger, Brown College of Court Reporting; Ann Marie Gibson, College of Court Reporting http://ht.ly/vNjK30lPhoi

09/14/2018

If anyone still needs a room at the Hilton for Sep. 20-22, please email Kathryn, stenoray1 at gmail dot com, and she'll put you in touch with someone who's got a room to transfer.

Psst - I have a little secret.  Early Bird registration for the 2018 Convention has been extended by popular demand unti...
09/04/2018

Psst - I have a little secret. Early Bird registration for the 2018 Convention has been extended by popular demand until September 7. Register now by going to this site (http://ilcra.org/sitepage.asp?page=Convention). Don't miss out on the savings!

Executive Board Positions Open for 2018-2019:Region Two FreelanceRegion Two OfficialSee Page 5 of the Summer Ad Infinitu...
08/10/2018
ILCRA : Home

Executive Board Positions Open for 2018-2019:
Region Two Freelance
Region Two Official

See Page 5 of the Summer Ad Infinitum Issue for nomination forms and further details.
-- Vernita Allen-Williams, Nominating Committee Chair
www.ilcra.org

Illinois's own Traci Mertens gets second place in the speed contest for literary!
08/04/2018

Illinois's own Traci Mertens gets second place in the speed contest for literary!

President Kathryn A. Thomas and Legislative Rep Isaiah Paul Roberts attending NCSA (National Committee of State Associat...
08/02/2018

President Kathryn A. Thomas and Legislative Rep Isaiah Paul Roberts attending NCSA (National Committee of State Associations) at #NCRA18

08/02/2018

Can't guarantee my phone reception, but here's some of the NCRA business meeting.

08/02/2018
National Court Reporters Association
07/19/2018

Next week South Suburban College in Illinois will hold a court reporting open house on Thursday, July 26 from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Oak Forest Center, Room 5190. Contact [email protected] for more information. http://ht.ly/wxDk30kTm2L

National Court Reporters Association
07/19/2018

In 10 days, NCRA CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto will host a virtual town hall via video conference. She'll present an update about the association followed by a question and answer period. Members must register to attend this town hall. http://ht.ly/Nz0b30kUzgb

National Court Reporters Association
06/30/2018

3 NCRA members are quoted in "Fast fingers, few prospects: Courts across Illinois seek more stenographers" article. Kathryn Thomas, RDR, CRR, CRC; Melissa Clagg, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Dana Byers, RPR, CRR, thank you for representing our profession so well! http://ht.ly/TzZn30kF1O2

06/08/2018
National Court Reporters Association
05/18/2018

Registration now open for new sessions of NCRA's popular six-week A to Z program, an online introduction to steno machine shorthand. New sessions start June 3, June 4, and June 6. Interested students should sign up by May 29. http://ow.ly/d/7CIL

National Court Reporters Association
04/27/2018

"In my experience 90 percent of the attorneys now rely on court reporters to bring a realtime device (tablet or computer) with the realtime software and drivers already loaded and ready to go." - 9 Tips from Kramm Court Reporting http://ht.ly/QsZE30jqcmz

Members of the ILCRA Board and Dave at STAR!
04/14/2018

Members of the ILCRA Board and Dave at STAR!

National Court Reporters Association
04/09/2018
National Court Reporters Association

Share this! A free, online version of the NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program is now available for participants to learn the alphabet in steno, write on a real steno machine, and decide whether court reporting or captioning is for them. http://ht.ly/bFDH30jjSzb

Strategic Planning and Board meeting at Midstate College. Thanks so much to the school for their space as we work hard f...
04/07/2018

Strategic Planning and Board meeting at Midstate College. Thanks so much to the school for their space as we work hard for our Illinois reporters!

Featuring ILCRA's Legislative Representative Isaiah Paul Roberts.
03/22/2018
No Slowing Down: Roberts Thrives in Role as Reporter

Featuring ILCRA's Legislative Representative Isaiah Paul Roberts.

No Slowing Down: Roberts Thrives in Role as Reporter March 21, 2018March 21, 2018 by Jason Randall - Comment is Closed Isaiah Roberts visits the Stenograph home office in Elmhurst, IL.Isaiah Roberts is a fast-rising star in the court reporting world, but that’s no surprise to anyone who knows him....

03/17/2018

The winter issue of the Ad Infinitum is up for members! Note:
it was sent for publication BEFORE the bill was introduced to add voice writing to the CSR Act, SB 2965. www.ilcra.org

Deborah Cohen-Rojas getting ready to storm the Hill!
03/13/2018

Deborah Cohen-Rojas getting ready to storm the Hill!

#NCRABootCamp18 attendees armed with knowledge and new skills head to the Hill to meet with lawmakers.

03/12/2018

Update on SB 2965: while it may be on the schedule for hearing Wednesday, our lobbyist says the bill is still on hold. The Illinois Verbatim Reporters Association has asked for a postponement.

Deborah Cohen-Rojas representing Illinois at NCRA Legislative Boot Camp this year!
03/12/2018

Deborah Cohen-Rojas representing Illinois at NCRA Legislative Boot Camp this year!

03/11/2018

The NCRA board received this letter from the ILCRA board. ILCRA decided to keep it short and simple.
"National Court Reporters Association
Board of Directors
and Marcia Ferranto

March 6, 2018

Dear NCRA Board and Ms. Ferranto:
We, the board of the Illinois Court Reporters Association, are confused by many of NCRA's
decisions as of late. First, NCRA decided to cut the lobbying budget and therefore not renew Dave
Wenhold's contract, citing first budgetary concerns and later citing "a new direction."
Next, NCRA has decided to take a neutral stance on biased contracting, which goes against its
previous resolution to assist states when needed.
NCRA, what's going on? Why these strange changes in so short a period of time? We request more
transparency and a thorough explanation. We feel left in the dust.
NCRA didn't give us a lot of time to investigate the links to the legislation on antitrust in order to
write a paper to be officially included in the board meeting – we had urgent matters in Illinois – but
regardless, we're still puzzled by this switch of established policy, and we hope you hear our voice.
In short, NCRA's actions are confusing, and we don't know what to expect anymore. Clue us in.

Sincerely,

Kathryn A. Thomas, RDR, CRC, CSR-IL, ILCRA president
along with the Illinois Court Reporters Association Board of Directors"

Thank you to Deborah Cohen-Rojas, ILCRA board member, for serving in Boot Camp this year!
03/11/2018

Thank you to Deborah Cohen-Rojas, ILCRA board member, for serving in Boot Camp this year!

NCRA’s 2018 Legislative Boot Camp has kicked off. Learning about Politics 101, the state of our industry, and why certification is important to states. #NCRABootCamp18 #KnowledgeIsPower

Posting for Jill Storm Layton.  Please contact her with any questions or for further information!"My daughter Hannah dec...
02/26/2018

Posting for Jill Storm Layton. Please contact her with any questions or for further information!

"My daughter Hannah decided to give in to my years of prodding and try court reporting. She went to CCR one month -- and it just wasn't for her. She did not like court reporting all. She would like to sell her student machine and everything that came with it to be a court reporting student. If you know of anyone starting court reporting school, here is a machine used only a month at a discount price! Message me if you have anyone interested, and I will send you her contact information."

How is your circuit celebrating Court Reporting and Captioning Week?
02/12/2018

How is your circuit celebrating Court Reporting and Captioning Week?

It's National Court Reporting and Captioning Week!  We at ILCRA think there's no better profession than court reporting!...
02/12/2018

It's National Court Reporting and Captioning Week! We at ILCRA think there's no better profession than court reporting! Share with us how being a court reporter has impacted your life!

President Kathryn A. Thomas shines a glowing spotlight on our profession in an interview by her hometown newspaper! Way ...
01/15/2018
Effingham native finds fulfilling career as stenographer

President Kathryn A. Thomas shines a glowing spotlight on our profession in an interview by her hometown newspaper! Way to go, Kathryn!

When the Cubs and Indians took the field for Game 5 of the 2016 World Series, Effingham native Kathryn Thomas was in front of her stenotype machine, transcribing what the

01/10/2018
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