Metro-East News

Former Chicago journalist, Illinois Supreme Court press secretary Tybor dies

A longtime reporter and Vietnam War veteran who later became the Illinois Supreme Court’s press secretary died at home Saturday, his family announced.

Joseph Tybor of Countryside was 68.

Born in Chicago, Tybor got his start at the Associated Press in the late 1960s and continued reporting during his stint in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. After his discharge he returned to the AP and also began taking law classes at night. He earned his law degree in 1979.

In 1981, Tybor joined the Chicago Tribune covering legal affairs. His coverage of Chicago’s criminal justice system earned him a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in 1986. He also wrote the popular weekly “On the Law” column for the Tribune.

Tybor also was a popular sportswriter, covering Notre Dame University athletics for the Tribune and also on his website “Irish Eyes.”

Following his career in journalism, Tybor worked as the press secretary for the Illinois Supreme Court. While there, he helped usher in changes to the Illinois Open Meetings Act to allow cameras in courtrooms.