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Increasing Broadband Deployment in Illinois

From Southern Illinois University in Carbondale: a panel discussion from a day-long conference recently held on the development of broadband communications in Illinois. This discussion covers the challenges and opportunities that could increase broadband deployment in areas of higher education, business, and community economic development.

 

Recorded June 2, 2011.  Aired the week of June 13, 2011.  55 minutes.


Judge Ann Claire Williams

The Character and Leadership of Abraham Lincoln

From the Illinois State Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago: a speech by Judge Ann Claire Williams on the character and leadership of President Abraham Lincoln.

 

Recorded December 2009.  Aired the week of March 15, 2010.  25 minutes.


Donation of Krehbiel Artwork to the Illinois Supreme Court

From the State Supreme Court in Springfield: the grandchildren of Albert Krehbiel, the artist who painted the murals in the Supreme Court building a century ago, donate an original restored painting of his to the Supreme Court.

 

Recorded March 9, 2010.  Aired the week of March 15, 2010.  5 minutes.


Proposed Revisions to Illinois' Municipal Pension Systems

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: state lawmakers join with mayors from across the state to push for legislative changes in pensions for local fire and policemen. With local pensions breaking municipal budgets, the mayors argue the current system is unsustainable and forcing layoffs that undermine public safety.

 

Recorded March 3, 2010.  Aired the week of March 8, 2010.  15 minutes.


Weatherization Programs Available to Low-Income Families

An Illinois Channel Special Report: low-income homeowners and renters are eligible for a weatherization program that provides no-cost energy repairs. As federal stimulus funds for Illinois grew from $40 million to $245 million, we see how community action agencies use modern technology to analyze homes for heat loss, who qualifies for this free service, and what is being done to weatherize low-income homes around the state.

 

Recorded 2010.  Aired the week of March 8, 2010.  45 minutes.


The Process of Redistricting

From Chicago: with the federal census requiring a redrawing of congressional and legislative districts, we hear from experts on how districts are drawn, who decides where the political boundaries go, and the implications for voters and neighborhoods.

 

This day-long forum was organized by the Midwest Democracy Network, George Mason University, and Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

 

Recorded February 23, 2010.  Aired the week of March 8, 2010.  55 minutes.


William Perry

President of Eastern Illinois University

From Eastern Illinois University in Charleston: we talk one-on-one with Eastern Illinois University President William Perry. We hear how EIU has cut back dramatically on energy costs as they fight to keep excellence in their academic programs.

 

For more information on EIU, click here.

 

Recorded February 5, 2010.  Aired the week of March 1, 2010.  30 minutes.


Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer

From Springfield: in noting the 201st anniversary of Lincoln's birth, nationally recognized Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer talks about the legacy of Lincoln's leadership. He reviews how leaders in both parties continue to invoke Lincoln's name to support their policies.

 

This program was organized by the Abraham Lincoln Association.

 

Recorded February 12, 2010.  Aired the week of March 1, 2010.  40 minutes.


By the Slimmest of Margins:

Sen. Bill Brady (R) on his Little Campaign that Apparently Could

From the State Capitol in Springfield: our one-on-one conversation with Senator Bill Brady, who two weeks after the February 2 primary held a lead of just 200 votes over Senator Kirk Dillard in the Republican race for governor. Senator Brady talks about the strategy that led to his lead and his thoughts on the fall election.

 

For more information on Sen. Brady's campaign, click here.

 

Recorded February 17, 2010.  Aired the week of February 22, 2010.  10 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Sen. Dan Rutherford (R)

Candidate for State Treasurer

From the State Capitol in Springfield: Senator Dan Rutherford, Republican nominee for State Treasurer, talks about his primary victory, his plans for the office, and how he uses social media tools to keep in touch with voters.

 

For more information on Sen. Rutherford's campaign, click here.

 

Recorded February 16, 2010.  Aired the week of February 22, 2010.  15 minutes.


Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Change Illinois' Flat Tax System

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: Democratic senators discuss their plans to put a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot. If successful, voters would then decide if Illinois should change its income-tax system from a flat tax to one that taxes higher income earners more.

 

Recorded February 17, 2010.  Aired the week of February 22, 2010.  30 minutes.


Congressman John Shimkus (R) on Voter Anger, the Tea Party Movement, and Federal Spending

From Springfield: our one-on-one interview with Congressman John Shimkus. He tells us his thoughts on how to create more jobs. He also discusses the rising cost of entitlement spending and its affect on the U.S. budget.

 

For more information on Congressman Shimkus, click here.

 

Recorded February 12, 2010.  Aired the week of February 22, 2010.  30 minutes.


State's Slow Payments Place Public Universities in Financial Jeopardy

From the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago: presidents and chancellors from some of Illinois' 13 public universities discuss the growing financial strain they are experiencing due to the state's delay in paying its bills.

 

Recorded February 9, 2010.  Aired the week of February 15, 2010.  30 minutes.


Hunting Pork in the State Budget

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: members of the Illinois Policy Institute release their 2010 Piglet Book which cites some $350 million in what they say is wasteful state spending.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded February 9, 2010.  Aired the week of February 15, 2010.  15 minutes.


Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley on Improving Illinois' Business Climate

From Chicago: our one-on-one interview with Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Whitley talks about what Illinois needs to do to create a better business climate and how working with the state to create more jobs has changed since Governor Quinn came into office.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded January 2010.  Aired the week of February 15, 2010.  40 minutes.


Illinois Supreme Court Rules Limits on Medical Malpractice Awards Unconstitutional

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: members of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, along with a victim of medical malpractice, meet with reporters in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a law that placed limits on damages in medical malpractice cases. This law had limited non-economic damages to $500,000 for doctors and $1,000,000 for hospitals.

 

Video Courtesy of BlueRoomStream.com.

 

Recorded February 4, 2010.  Aired the week of February 8, 2010.  30 minutes.


Al Goldfarb

President, Western Illinois University

From Western Illinois University in Macomb: a conversation with Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb. We hear what effect the state's financial crisis is having on WIU and what President Goldfarb thinks of the role higher education is playing in rebuilding the Illinois economy.

 

For more information on Western Illinois University, click here.

 

Recorded January 20, 2010.  Aired the week of February 8, 2010.  30 minutes.


Illinois' Growing Unfunded Pension Debt

From Springfield: we talk with members of the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to learn the extent of Illinois' growing unfunded pension obligations and how that impacts efforts to balance the budget.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded January 12, 2010.  Aired the week of February 1, 2010.  35 minutes.


2010 State of the State Address

From the House Chamber at the State Capitol in Springfield: Governor Pat Quinn delivers his State of the State Address. This speech comes as Illinois faces a budget deficit of approximately $12 billion, which is more than 42% of the state's $28 billion operating budget.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded January 13, 2010.  Aired the week of January 18, 2010.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


Reaction to Governor Quinn's State of the State Address

From the State Capitol in Springfield: we hear reaction from lawmakers to the Governor's State of the State Address, including several Republican Gubernatorial candidates and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

 

Recorded January 13, 2010.  Aired the week of January 18, 2010.  15 minutes.


Learning to Avoid Real Estate Foreclosure

From Springfield: our one-on-one interview with John O'Brien, President of the Illinois State Bar Association and Founder & Chairman of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. Mr. O'Brien, whose law practice includes dealing with real estate foreclosure, talks with us about what steps individuals should take if they are in trouble with paying their mortgage.

 

For more information on the Illinois State Bar Association, click here.

 

For more information on the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, click here.

 

Recorded December 3, 2009.  Aired the week of January 18, 2010.  15 minutes.


The Black Book:

Reflections on the Political Dynasty of the Stevensons of Illinois

From the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy in Libertyville: we visit with former U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III and discuss his new publication called The Black Book. This book recounts the Stevenson family's experience in Illinois politics, dating back to the nomination of Abraham Lincoln. We also hear Senator Stevenson's recollections of some of the many political leaders he has known, including Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

 

For more information on The Black Book, click here.

 

For more information on the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy, click here.

 

Recorded December 16, 2009.  Aired the week of December 28, 2009.  1 hour & 25 minutes.


Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald:

The Legacy of Lincoln as a Lawyer

From the Illinois State Bar Association's Midyear Meeting in Chicago: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald talks about the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and his years as a practicing attorney in Illinois. Chief Justice Fitzgerald's remarks are delivered in the context of 2009 marking the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded December 11, 2009.  Aired the week of December 21, 2009.  30 minutes.


One Year Later: Encore Presentation of Press Conference Following Arrest of Former Governor Blagojevich

From Chicago: one year later, we air an encore presentation of the press conference in which U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announces the arrest and charges against former governor Rod Blagojevich.

 

Video Courtesy of Jeff Berkowitz.

 

Recorded December 9, 2008.  Aired the week of December 14, 2009.  20 minutes.


Illinois In-Depth:

Fueling Our Future: America's Energy Needs

From the Union League Club of Chicago: we launch the first segment of our new series, Illinois In-Depth, which offers thorough examinations of issues facing Illinois. In this segment, an expert panel weighs in on what options are available to fuel Illinois' future economy and which, if any, of the alternative energy sources are viable to run Illinois industry.

 

Recorded November 20, 2009.  Aired the week of December 7, 2009.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Governor Pat Quinn (D)

Candidate for Re-Election

From the Union League Club of Chicago: Governor Pat Quinn takes reporters' questions at a press conference following his debate with Comptroller Dan Hynes.

 

Recorded November 18, 2009.  Aired the week of November 30, 2009.  12 minutes.


John Peters, President of Northern Illinois University

From Northern Illinois University in DeKalb: our one-on-one interview with President John Peters who tells us how the state financial crisis is affecting NIU. We also hear what President Peters thinks will be higher education's role in helping grow the economy in the years ahead.

 

Recorded November 18, 2009.  Aired the week of November 30, 2009.  30 minutes.


Authors Scott Turow and John Grisham Discuss the Death Penalty and Wrongful Convictions

From Chicago: an encore presentation of best-selling authors and attorneys Scott Turow and John Grisham discussing their views on the use of the death penalty and how their views have changed over time. This discussion is moderated by Cornelia Grumman who was an editorial writer with the Chicago Tribune when this was recorded.

 

Recorded October 24, 2007.  Re-aired the week of November 23, 2009.  45 minutes.


Debate on Class-Action Lawsuits

From the Union League Club of Chicago: an encore presentation of our panel of distinguished attorneys discussing the use and potential abuse of class-action lawsuits. Participants include attorneys Stephen Swedlow and Stephen Tillery who discuss the benefits of using class-action suits. Attorneys Joseph Morris and Steven Puiszis discuss the disadvantages.

 

Recorded November 20, 2008.  Re-aired the week of November 23, 2009.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Sen. Randy Hultgren (R)

Candidate for Illinois' 14th Congressional District

From Chicago: Contributing Correspondent Jeff Berkowitz interviews State Senator Randy Hultgren, candidate for Illinois' 14th Congressional District. This traditionally Republican seat is currently held by Democrat Bill Foster and may be one of the most competitive races in next year's election.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Video Courtesy of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz.

 

Recorded October 4, 2009.  Aired the week of November 16, 2009.  25 minutes.


All Consuming: Conversations on Oil & Water

Beyond Lake II: How Do We Protect Access to Fresh Water and Oil Resources

From the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital in Springfield: whether Illinois will have enough resources to continue our current consumption of oil and water is among the points covered in this presentation organized by the Illinois Humanities Council and the Citizens Club of Springfield.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded November 9, 2009.  Aired the week of November 16, 2009.  1 hour and 5 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Sen. Bill Brady (R)

Candidate for Governor

From Chicago: our one-on-one conversation with Senator Bill Brady who is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded October 21, 2009.  Aired the week of November 9, 2009.  30 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010:

Illinois' Green Party Announces its Slate of Candidates

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: Green Party Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney and Green Party Chairman Phil Huckleberry tell reporters about their plans to elect candidates to state and federal offices in 2010.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded November 2, 2009.  Aired the week of November 9, 2009.  25 minutes.


Saving Abandoned Newborns

From Chicago: Dawn Geras, founder of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, tells us of changes in the law designed to save an increased number of unwanted babies from abandonment.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded October 20, 2009.  Aired the week of November 9, 2009.  10 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS:

Former Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson

From the State Capitol in Springfield: we visit with former Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson, just after he was honored for his service by his former colleagues. Senator Watson left the Senate earlier this year to focus on recovering from a stroke he suffered a year ago.

 

Recorded October 14, 2009.  Aired the week of October 19, 2009.  5 minutes.


High-Speed Rail Update

From the Illinois Municipal League's Annual Conference in Chicago: a panel discussion on high-speed rail.  Participating is former Macomb Mayor Tom Carper, who now serves as Chairman of Amtrak's Board of Directors.

 

Recorded September 26, 2009.  Aired the week of October 19, 2009.  1 hour.


CHICAGO GOURMET:

Celebrating Chicago's Food, Wine and Culinary Arts

From Millennium Park in Chicago: our contributing correspondent Sharon Meyers takes us to the Second Annual Chicago Gourmet, an event designed to showcase Chicago's great restaurants and culinary themes.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded September 26, 2009.  Aired the week of October 5, 2009.  10 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Sen. Bill Brady (R)

Candidate for Governor

From Downers Grove: we hear the policy positions of Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Senator Bill Brady, as he participates in a candidates' forum.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Video Courtesy of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz.

 

Recorded September 1, 2009.  Aired the week of September 28, 2009.  15 minutes.


Illinois Supreme Court:

Challenges to the Constitutionality of Illinois' Medical Malpractice Reform

From the State Supreme Court in Springfield: as the nation discusses healthcare reform, one topic concerns medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors and hospitals.  Illinois passed its own version of medical malpractice reform which limits damages to $500,000 for doctors and $1,000,000 for hospitals.  The constitutionality of this law was challenged last November in the case of Lebron v Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.  As the Illinois Supreme Court has yet to rule on this case, we offer again the constitutional arguments as they were presented before the Illinois Supreme Court.

 

Recorded November 13, 2008.  Re-aired the week of September 28, 2009.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Jason Plummer (R)

Candidate for Lt. Governor

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: Jason Plummer, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, announces his candidacy and takes reporters' questions.

 

Recorded September 15, 2009.  Aired the week of September 21, 2009.  20 minutes.


Illinois Community Profiles:

Danville

From Danville: our Illinois Community Profiles series visits Danville, where we go one-on-one with Mayor Scott Eisenhauer to hear about the local economy and the low cost of living in Danville.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded September 14, 2009.  Aired the week of September 21, 2009.  30 minutes.


Advancing the Illinois Wine Industry

From Chicago: restaurateur, chef, and wine expert Michael Foley, who knows what other states have done to build a successful wine industry, talks the current state of the Illinois wine industry.  We hear about the quality of Illinois wines and what a wine industry can mean for creating new jobs in the wine industry and Illinois tourism.  Mr. Foley also talks about changes in state regulations that would help Illinois wineries sell their product.

 

Recorded September 26, 2008.  Re-aired the week of September 21, 2009.  20 minutes.


Route 66: Economic Impact of Tourism

From Springfield: an encore presentation of our coverage of the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield.  We discuss the economic impact such festivals can create for local communities.

 

The 2009 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival will be held September 25 - 27.  For more information, click here.

 

Recorded September 25, 2004.  Re-aired the week of September 14, 2009.  25 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Rep. David Miller (D)

Candidate for Comptroller

From the State Fairgrounds in Springfield: Democratic Candidate for Comptroller, Rep. David Miller, speaks to us about his candidacy during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

 

Recorded August 19, 2009.  Aired the week of August 24, 2009.  4 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Gov. Pat Quinn (D)

Candidate for Re-Election

From the State Fairgrounds in Springfield: Democratic Candidate for Re-Election, Gov. Pat Quinn, speaks to us about his candidacy during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

 

Recorded August 19, 2009.  Aired the week of August 24, 2009.  3 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Adam Kinzinger (R)

Candidate for Illinois' 11th Congressional District

From the State Fairgrounds in Springfield: Republican Candidate for Illinois' 11th Congressional District, Adam Kinzinger, speaks to us about his candidacy during Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.

 

Recorded August 20, 2009.  Aired the week of August 24, 2009.  3 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Congressman Mark Kirk (R)

Candidate for U.S. Senate

From the State Fairgrounds in Springfield: Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, Congressman Mark Kirk, speaks to us about his candidacy during Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.

 

Recorded August 20, 2009.  Aired the week of August 24, 2009.  6 minutes.


Andy McKenna,

Former Chair of the Illinois Republican Party

From the State Fairgrounds in Springfield: Former Illinois Republican Party Chair, Andy McKenna, speaks to us about his decision to resign his post and what that means for the future of the Illinois Republican Party.

 

Recorded August 20, 2009.  Aired the week of August 24, 2009.  3 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

Lincoln's New Salem

From Petersburg: Springfield is known as the home of Abraham Lincoln, but just 20 miles northwest of Springfield is the reconstructed town of New Salem, where Lincoln spent his early adulthood. We show you where Lincoln's rail splitter image was burnished, where he tried and failed in business, and where he began his legal education.  In addition to its Lincoln legacies, New Salem's "living history" offers visitors a fascinating look at the challenges of living and surviving in a small Illinois town of the 1830s.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded May 9, 2005.  Aired the week of August 17, 2009.  1 hour.


All Consuming: Conversations on Oil & Water

It All Flows Downstream: Following our Oil & Water Footprints

From the Field Museum in Chicago: another installment of the Illinois Humanities Council's series looking at the issues facing our use of oil and water.  In this segment, panelists discuss how we should consider our oil and water footprints, not just our carbon footprint.

 

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

 

Recorded July 15, 2009.  Aired the week of August 10, 2009.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D)

Candidate for U.S. Senate

From Springfield: State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias announces his entry into the race for United States Senate.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded July 26, 2009.  Aired the week of August 3, 2009.  15 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Congressman Mark Kirk (R)

Candidate for U.S. Senate

From Springfield: Republican Congressman Mark Kirk announces his run for the United States Senate.  Representative Kirk is joined by House Republican Leader Tom Cross, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, and former Governor Jim Edgar.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded July 21, 2009.  Aired the week of July 27, 2009.  20 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Rich Whitney (G)

Candidate for Governor

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: the 2006 Green Party candidate for Governor, Rich Whitney, announces his campaign as a Green Party candidate for Governor in 2010.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded July 15, 2009.  Aired the week of July 27, 2009.  15 minutes.


Dedication of the Korean War National Museum

From Springfield: Korean War veterans and members of the South Korean government gather to dedicate the Korean War National Museum and to reflect on the legacy of South Korean freedom.

 

For more information on the Korean War National Museum, click here.

 

Recorded June 26, 2009.  Aired the week of July 27, 2009.  15 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

FlagSource

From Batavia: an encore presentation of the first installment of our series, Making it in Illinois.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit Batavia's FlagSource.

 

For more information on FlagSource, click here.

 

Recorded Summer 2008.  Re-aired the week of July 27, 2009.  20 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

Peerless of America

From Effingham: an encore presentation of the continuation of the first installment of our series, Making it in Illinois.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit Effingham's Peerless of America.

 

For more information on Peerless of America, click here.

 

Recorded Summer 2008.  Re-aired the week of July 27, 2009.  10 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: Sen. Dan Rutherford (R)

Candidate for State Treasurer

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: State Senator Dan Rutherford announces his campaign to seek the Republican nomination for State Treasurer.

 

For more information on Sen. Rutherford's campaign for State Treasurer, click here.

 

For more information on the Illinois Channel's coverage of Campaign 2010, click here.

 

Recorded July 13, 2009.  Aired the week of July 20, 2009.  15 minutes.


Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev

From the Peoria Civic Center: alumni and staff from Ronald Reagan's alma mater, Eureka College, hear a speech by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.  He talks of his relationship with President Reagan and how Reagan's leadership came to break new ground in U.S. - Soviet relations.

 

For more information on Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to Eureka College, click here.

 

Video Courtesy of Eureka College.

 

Recorded March 27, 2009.  Aired the week of July 20, 2009.  50 minutes.


Lincoln Home and Neighborhood

From Springfield: a look at the home and neighborhood where Abraham and Mary Lincoln raised their children and lived in up until the time they moved into the White House.  We will hear what kind of parents the Lincolns were and how the house served as a site for many of Lincoln's important political meetings.  We will also hear about the on-going efforts to revitalize other homes in the neighborhood.

Recorded June 6, 2005.  Re-Aired the week of July 13, 2009.  30 minutes.


Behind the Scenes

The Field Museum

From the Field Museum in Chicago: we go ¡°Behind the Scenes¡± of the Field Museum with Museum President John McCarter who introduces us to the museum¡¯s researchers, artifacts, and vast collections.

 

Recorded September 16, 2004.  Re-aired the week of July 6, 2009.  1 hour & 5 minutes.


All Consuming: Conversations on Oil & Water

Water Consumption and Consequences

From Peoria: another installment of the Illinois Humanities Council's series looking at the issues facing our use of oil and water.  In this segment, we hear experts discuss ways water was consumed in the past, how it is consumed now, and where it is headed in the future.

 

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

 

Recorded April 26, 2009.  Aired the week of June 29, 2009.  50 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

United Scrap

From Cicero: the third installment of our Making it in Illinois series.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit Cicero's United Scrap where we hear from CEO Marsha Serlin on how her effort to provide for her children 30 years ago by collecting scrap metal led to the building of a multi-million dollar business.

 

For more information on United Scrap, click here.

 

Recorded 2009.  Aired the week of June 22, 2009.  35 minutes.


The Rural-Urban Policy Exchange

From Chicago: Southern Illinoisans and Chicagoans share what they learned as participants in the Rural-Urban Policy Exchange.  This exchange program, which looks to overcome stereotypes of rural farm life and city life, brings rural residents to Chicago and Chicagoans to the farmland of Southern Illinois.  This pilot program is sponsored by Senator Kwame Raoul (D).

 

Video Courtesy of WYCC, Chicago.

 

Recorded 2009.  Aired the week of June 15, 2009.  1 hour.


2009 House vs. Senate Softball Game

From Lincoln Park in Springfield: one of the great traditions of the Spring legislative session is the annual legislative softball game, pitting House members against the Senate.  Our extraordinarily gifted softball correspondent is Matt Jones.

 

Recorded May 20, 2009.  Aired the week of May 25, 2009.  15 minutes.


Economic Impact of Broadband Development

From the Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference in Chicago: we hear from Communications Consultant James Carlini about the growing importance of high-speed internet connections to the economic development of Illinois communities.

 

Recorded September 26, 2008.  Aired the week of May 25, 2009.  20 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS:

Carol Spizzirri, Making Online Stalking a Crime

From the State Capitol in Springfield: as the Spring legislative session nears its scheduled adjournment date of May 31, we hear from lawmakers on the progress on the budget and other pending issues.  In this segment, we hear from Carol Spizzirri, Founder of the Save A Life Foundation and a victim of online stalking, about the efforts to make online stalking a crime.

 

Recorded May 12, 2009.  Aired the week of May 18, 2009.  5 minutes.


Disrepair at Illinois' Executive Mansion

From the Executive Mansion in Springfield: in a sign of what's at stake in getting a Capital Bill passed, we see how even the Governor's Mansion has fallen into disrepair with peeling paint, rotting wood, and brick stairways that are too dangerous to use.

 

Recorded May 13, 2009.  Aired the week of May 18, 2009.  15 minutes.


Reforming Illinois' Education System

From Champaign: former Governor Jim Edgar, UIUC Chancellor Richard Herman, State Senator Mike Frerichs, and others discuss education reforms, what is being done to better prepare those entering the education field, and some other changes that need to be addressed.

 

Recorded April 7, 2009.  Aired the week of May 18, 2009.  1 hour.


Illinois Business Day Annual Luncheon:

Sen. Christine Radogno (R), Senate Minority Leader

From Springfield: at the annual luncheon hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers' and Retail Merchants Associations, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno talks about the challenge to pass a budget and the new relationship between the governor and legislative leaders.

 

Recorded May 6, 2009.  Aired the week of May 11, 2009.  10 minutes.


Illinois Business Day Annual Luncheon:

Gov. Pat Quinn (D)

From Springfield: at the annual luncheon hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers' and Retail Merchants Associations, Governor Pat Quinn discusses his proposal to balance the budget through a combination of tax increases and reduced spending.  He also discusses the need for the state to make changes in the level of pension benefits for new state employees.

 

Recorded May 6, 2009.  Aired the week of May 11, 2009.  20 minutes.


Illinois Business Day Annual Luncheon:

Sen. John Cullerton (D), Senate President

From Springfield: at the annual luncheon hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers' and Retail Merchants Associations, Senate President John Cullerton comments on the effort to pass a state budget.

 

Recorded May 6, 2009.  Aired the week of May 11, 2009.  5 minutes.


Illinois Business Day Annual Luncheon:

Rep. Michael Madigan (D), Speaker of the House

From Springfield: at the annual luncheon hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers' and Retail Merchants Associations, House Speaker Michael Madigan describes his intention to pass a budget that funds a limited number of priorities.  Speaker Madigan also discusses the new working relationship between the governor and other legislative leaders.

 

Recorded May 6, 2009.  Aired the week of May 11, 2009.  15 minutes.


Joint Committee on Government Reform:

Alleged Corruption in the Health Facilities Planning Board

From the State Capitol in Springfield: House and Senate members serving on the Joint Committee on Government Reform hear hospital executive Pam Davis recount her suspicions of wrongdoing by some on the Health Facilities Planning Board.  Following Ms. Davis' testimony, members of the Health Facilities Planning Board address the suspicions and allegations.

 

Recorded May 5, 2009.  Aired the week of May 11, 2009.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS:

Leadership & Mission of the Illinois Policy Institute

From the State Capitol in Springfield: we learn more about the Illinois Policy Institute which has been described as a conservative think tank for Illinois.  We speak with the Institute's CEO John Tillman and its Vice President Kristina Rasmussen.

 

Recorded April 29, 2009.  Aired the week of May 4, 2009.  10 minutes.


Developing the Link Between Canadian Oil Sands and Illinois Refineries

From Springfield: as the nation seeks to become independent of Middle-Eastern oil, we hear how development of Canadian oil sands holds the promise of a major source of new oil.  We also hear how these oil sands may increase business and employment at Illinois refineries.

 

Recorded April 29, 2009.  Aired the week of May 4, 2009.  15 minutes.


Illinois Community Profiles:

Collinsville

From Collinsville: we launch our new series, Illinois Community Profiles, which highlights life in communities across Illinois.  We begin with a look at Collinsville's early history when it thrived for hundreds of years as a major civilization populated by the Mississippian tribe of Native Americans.  We also discover how Collinsville manages to offer residents both big city amenities and the charm of small town life.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Aired the week of April 27, 2009.  5 minutes.


Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss

From the Union League Club of Chicago: as the world recalls the crimes of the Holocaust, we offer an encore presentation of our one-on-one interview with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss.  From a charmed life in Austria, she and her family were forced to flee, hide, and then attempt to survive starvation and the brutality of the Nazi death camps.

 

This program is made possible by underwriting support from Casteel Coffee.

 

Recorded May 13, 2008.  Re-aired the week of April 27, 2009.  50 minutes.


Farming Without Chemicals

From Evanston: our one-on-one conversation with Terra Brockman, founder of "The Land Connection."  Ms. Brockman tells us about the Land Connection's program that teaches individuals how they can become profitable farmers by selling food directly to consumers and how to farm without the use of chemicals.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded April 10, 2009.  Aired the week of April 20, 2009.  15 minutes.


Former Governor Jim Edgar (R):

Illinois: Where We Go From Here

From Millikin University in Decatur: former Governor Jim Edgar speaks publicly for the first time about the administration and impeachment of Rod Blagojevich.  Governor Edgar also talks about the job Governor Quinn is doing and what state government should do to restore the public's trust.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded April 6, 2009.  Aired the week of April 13, 2009.  45 minutes.


Attorney & Author Philip Howard:

Life Without Lawyers

From the Union League Club in Chicago: attorney and author Philip Howard discusses his book Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law.  Mr. Howard previously authored the best-seller The Death of Common Sense.  He is introduced by Ed Murnane of the Illinois Civil Justice League.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded March 3, 2009.  Aired the week of April 13, 2009.  1 hour.


Senate President John Cullerton (D):

Efforts to Balance the State Budget

From the Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois: Senate President John Cullerton addresses students and faculty on efforts to balance the Illinois state budget and the new working relationship between lawmakers and the governor.

 

Recorded March 9, 2009.  Aired the week of March 16, 2009.  1 hour.


Illinois' Beer Distribution System

From Quincy: we look at beer distribution in Illinois as an example of how regulations applied to an industry are carried out by the very businesses being regulated.  We hear how state regulations provide a three-tier method of regulating those that make beer, those that distribute it to retail establishments, and how retailers enforce the legal drinking age.

 

For more information on the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, click here.

 

Recorded 2009.  Aired the week of March 16, 2009.  20 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2010: State Senator Bill Brady (R)

Gubernatorial Campaign Announcement

From the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield: State Senator Bill Brady becomes the first Republican to announce that he is running for governor in 2010.  Senator Brady talks about the policies and approach he would pursue as governor.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded March 2, 2009.  Aired the week of March 9, 2009.  25 minutes.


ABOUT ILLINOIS:

Pheasant Hollow Winery

From Whittington: in another installment of our About Illinois series, we visit Whittington, Illinois' Pheasant Hollow Winery.

 

For more information about Pheasant Hollow Winery, click here.

 

Music Courtesy of Voodoo Pilot.

 

Recorded 2008.  Aired the week of March 9, 2009.  10 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

FlagSource

From Batavia: an encore presentation of a portion of the first installment of our series, Making it in Illinois.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit Batavia's FlagSource.

 

For more information on FlagSource, click here.

 

Recorded Summer 2008.  Aired the week of March 9, 2009.  5 minutes.


Illinois Business Leaders Discuss the Financial Crisis and the President's Economic Stimulus Plans

From Chicago: we hear from former Commerce Secretary William Daley, former Transportation Secretary Sam Skinner and others as they discuss the federal economic stimulus plan and the Obama administration's approach to fixing the nation's economy.

 

Recorded February 18, 2009.  Aired the week of March 2, 2009.  1 hour.


The Practicality of Alternative Energies in Meeting Illinois' Energy Needs

From Springfield: we talk with Jim Monk, President of the Illinois Energy Association, about progress being made in Illinois using alternative energy sources for electricity production.

 

For more information on the Illinois Energy Association, click here.

 

Recorded February 25, 2009.  Aired the week of March 2, 2009.  15 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

Abraham Lincoln's Lasting Legacy

From Peoria: Judge Ann Claire Williams discusses the legacy of Abraham Lincoln at an address at the Peoria County Bar Association's 101st Lincoln Memorial Banquet.

 

Recorded February 12, 2009.  Aired the week of March 2, 2009.  20 minutes.


Issues Surrounding U.S. Senator Roland Burris (D):

A Review of Senator Burris' Testimony to the Special House Committee on Impeachment

From the State Capitol in Springfield: controversy surrounds statements made under oath by Senator Roland Burris to the Special House Committee on Impeachment on January 8.  Since testifying, Senator Burris has altered some of the information he told the committee.  We review the portion of his testimony that is now generating controversy.

 

Recorded January 8, 2009.  Aired the week of February 23, 2009.  10 minutes.


U.S. Senator Roland Burris (D) Defends His Record, Reputation & Testimony

From the City Club of Chicago: Senator Roland Burris discusses his accomplishments since joining the U.S. Senate, what he hopes to achieve in the future, and addresses the brewing controversy surrounding his testimony before the Special House Committee on Impeachment.

 

Recorded February 19, 2009.  Aired the week of February 23, 2009.  30 minutes.


Celebrating Lincoln's 200th Birthday:

President Obama's Tribute to Lincoln's Leadership

From the Crowne Plaza in Springfield: on the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birth, President Barack Obama delivers an address noting Lincoln's call for national unity and why he thinks unity of purpose is still critical.  These remarks were delivered before the Abraham Lincoln Association's annual banquet.

 

Recorded February 12, 2009.  Aired the week of February 16, 2009.  25 minutes.


Celebrating Lincoln's 200th Birthday:

Illinois Leaders React to Obama, Lincoln, and Budget Woes

From the Crowne Plaza in Springfield: following the President's remarks we hear reaction from some of those attending.  Among them are House Speaker Michael Madigan and former Governor Jim Thompson.

 

Recorded February 12, 2009.  Aired the week of February 16, 2009.  25 minutes.


Celebrating Lincoln's 200th Birthday:

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Republicans' Core Values

From the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield: former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee delivers the keynote address at the Sangamon County Republicans' 105th Lincoln Day Luncheon.  Governor Huckabee discusses what he feels are core Republican principles and how they apply to events in Illinois and Washington.  He is introduced by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.

 

Recorded February 12, 2009.  Aired the week of February 16, 2009.  35 minutes.


Celebrating Lincoln's 200th Birthday:

Governor Quinn Speaks with Reporters on Honoring Lincoln and Pending Policy Issues

From the Executive Mansion in Springfield: Governor Pat Quinn holds a press conference to discuss how Illinois is honoring President Lincoln during the bicentennial of his birth.

 

Recorded February 12, 2009.  Aired the week of February 16, 2009.  25 minutes.


The Inauguration of President Barack Obama:

President Obama's Illinois Friends Reflect on His Inauguration

From the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC: we hear thoughts on President Obama's inauguration from Gov Quinn, lawmakers and friends of the President at a reception hosted by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

 

Recorded January 18, 2009.  Aired the week of February 9, 2009.  30 minutes.


From Capitol Hill:

A Visit With Congressman Aaron Schock (R)

From the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC: we visit with freshman Congressman Aaron Schock who now represents Illinois' 18th Congressional District - the district previously held by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Congressman Schock, at just 27 years old, is the youngest member of Congress.

 

Recorded January 22, 2009.  Aired the week of February 9, 2009.  5 minutes.


From Capitol Hill:

A Visit With Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (D)

From the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC: we visit with freshman Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson who represents Illinois' 11th Congressional District.  Congresswoman Halvorson previously served in the Illinois State Senate.  She and Barack Obama were elected to the state senate in the same year and remain close friends.

 

Recorded January 21, 2009.  Aired the week of February 9, 2009.  5 minutes.


Illinoisans Celebrate President Obama's Inauguration:

The Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala

From Washington, DC: the celebration of a new President is often marked for several days by formal balls and gala events.  One of the most sought after events for friends of President Obama was the Illinois State Society's Inaugural Gala.  We learn more about the kind of man Barack Obama is and what kind of President he will be from those who served in the legislature with him and others who have worked with President Obama.

 

Recorded January 19, 2009.  Aired the week of February 9, 2009.  1 hour.


President Barack Obama: The Man, The Politician, The Leader

Sen. Rickey Hendon: Black Enough, White Enough: The Obama Dilemma

From Springfield: just before leaving for Washington, we spoke with Illinois State Senator Rickey Hendon about his friend Barack Obama and his recent book about President Obama, Black Enough, White Enough: The Obama Dilemma.

 

Recorded January 13, 2009.  Aired the week of February 9, 2009.  10 minutes.


The Inauguration of President Barack Obama:

President Obama's Presidential Campaign Announcement

From Springfield: as we close our coverage of Illinoisans attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama we listen again to a portion of the President's campaign announcement.

 

Recorded February 10, 2007.  Aired the week of February 9, 2009.  5 minutes.


The Impeachment Trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich:

Closing Arguments of Prosecutor David Ellis

From the State Capitol in Springfield: senators listen to David Ellis, prosecutor for the impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Mr. Ellis makes his closing arguments, which include a replay of some of the wiretap evidence, and explains why he feels these support the Governor's removal from office.

 

Recorded January 29, 2009.  Aired the week of February 2, 2009.  40 minutes.


The Impeachment Trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich:

Closing Arguments of Gov. Rod Blagojevich

From the State Capitol in Springfield: Gov. Rod Blagojevich addresses senators as they were about to vote on whether to remove him from office.

 

Recorded January 29, 2009.  Aired the week of February 2, 2009.  45 minutes.


Swearing-In Ceremony of Pat Quinn as Illinois' 41st Governor

From the State Capitol in Springfield: following the vote to remove Rod Blagojevich from office, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn is sworn in as Illinois' 41st governor.  After Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke delivers the oath of office, Governor Quinn delivers his inaugural address.

 

Recorded January 29, 2009.  Aired the week of February 2, 2009.  10 minutes.


First Press Conference of Gov. Pat Quinn

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: just after taking the oath of office, Gov. Pat Quinn meets with reporters to explain his style of governing and what steps he may soon take to undo some of the actions taken by Rod Blagojevich.

 

Recorded January 29, 2009.  Aired the week of February 2, 2009.  20 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Reenactment and the Structure of Lincoln's Arguments

From Chicago: as we approach the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, we hear a reenactment of an 1858 debate between Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.  Following that, we hear how Lincoln effectively structured his arguments in debates and speeches.

 

Recorded December 12, 2008.  Aired the week of January 26, 2009.  50 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier on the Supreme Court in Lincoln's Time

From Chicago: Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier examines how times have changed as he delivers remarks on the Supreme Court during Lincoln's time.

 

Recorded December 12, 2008.  Aired the week of January 26, 2009.  20 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

Presentation of Bust of Lincoln to the Illinois Supreme Court

From the State Supreme Court in Springfield: members of the Illinois State Bar Association present the Court with a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

 

Recorded January 12, 2009.  Aired the week of January 26, 2009.  20 minutes.


Interview with Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss

From the Union League Club of Chicago: we offer an encore presentation of our interview with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss on how her family was sent to the death camps and how she miraculously survived.

 

This program is made possible by underwriting support from Casteel Coffee.

 

Recorded May 13, 2008.  Re-aired the week of December 29, 2008.  45 minutes.


Lt. Governor Pat Quinn Calls for the Resignation of Governor Blagojevich

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: Lt. Governor Pat Quinn holds a press conference in which he asks Governor Blagojevich to resign, or failing that, the Lt. Governor asks the Illinois legislature to begin impeachment proceedings.

 

Recorded December 11, 2008.  Aired the week of December 15, 2008.  50 minutes.


U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald Lays Out Charges Against Gov. Rod Blagojevich

From Chicago: the press conference in which U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announces the arrest and charges against Governor Rod Blagojevich.

 

Video Courtesy of Jeff Berkowitz.

 

Recorded December 9, 2008.  Aired the week of December 15, 2008.  20 minutes.


The One Political Party Everyone Wants to Join:

The Annual Thom Serafin Christmas Party

From Chicago: we join Illinois' premier political party where politicians, journalists and lobbyists join in Holiday cheer - the annual Serafin Holiday Party.

 

Recorded November 25, 2008.  Aired the week of December 8, 2008.  5 minutes.


Framing our Future:

Availability of Oil and Water

From the Chicago History Museum: the first program in the Illinois Humanities Council's series, All Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water.  How will the earth's growing population manage and share these vital resources?  Issues such as this are explored as journalist Steve Edwards interviews author Richard Heinberg about the options and opportunities confronting nations around the world.

 

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

 

Recorded November 18, 2008.  Aired the week of December 8, 2008.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


Debate on Class-Action Lawsuits

From the Union League Club of Chicago: a distinguished panel of lawyers debate what they see as the merits and abuses of class-action lawsuits.  Attorneys Stephen Swedlow and Stephen Tillery defend the societal benefits of class-action lawsuits.  On the other side, attorneys Joseph Morris and Steve Puiszis examine what they see as class-action abuses.

 

Recorded November 20, 2008.  Aired the week of December 1, 2008.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


Illinois Supreme Court: Case No. 105752

Addison Insurance Company v. Donna Fay, etc., et al.

From the State Supreme Court in Springfield: justices hear a case concerning whether an insurance company is required to make two separate liability payments in the 1997 death of two boys, or whether it can treat their deaths as one single "occurrence."

 

Recorded November 13, 2008.  Aired the week of November 24, 2008.  45 minutes.


ABOUT ILLINOIS:

Blue Sky Vineyard

From Makanda: another installment of our About Illinois series takes us south of Carbondale to visit Blue Sky Vineyard on the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.  In this program, we learn about the growth of the Illinois wine industry.

 

For more information on Blue Sky Vineyard, click here.

 

Music Courtesy of Voodoo Pilot.

 

Recorded 2008.  Aired the week of November 24, 2008.  15 minutes.


Advancing the Illinois Wine Industry

From Chicago: restaurateur, chef, and wine expert Michael Foley, who knows what other states have done to build a successful wine industry, talks the current state of the Illinois wine industry.  We hear about the quality of Illinois wines and what a wine industry can mean for creating new jobs in the wine industry and Illinois tourism.  Mr. Foley also talks about changes in state regulations that would help Illinois wineries sell their product.

 

Recorded September 26, 2008.  Aired the week of November 24, 2008.  20 minutes.


Illinois Supreme Court:

Challenges to the Constitutionality of Illinois' Medical Malpractice Reform

From the State Supreme Court in Springfield: the case of LeBron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.  In 2005, the Illinois legislature passed a medical malpractice reform bill which placed limits - or caps - on the amount of non-economic damages that could be paid by a hospital or medical professional in a malpractice suit.  This case questions the constitutionality of a legislative body being able to place limits on damages that can be awarded by a court.

 

Recorded November 13, 2008.  Aired the week of November 17, 2008.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


Reaction to Senator Obama's Election to the Presidency

From Chicago: from the most historic election for Illinois in over 100 years, we talk with supporters of President-Elect Obama and get their reaction to his victory and what it means for Illinois.

 

Recorded November 4, 2008.  Aired the week of November 10, 2008.  5 minutes.


Post-Election Analysis 2008

From the Sangamo Club in Springfield: former Governor Jim Edgar and other political scientists review the general election results.  We hear what these results may mean when Illinois voters select both a new Governor and U.S. Senator in 2010.

 

This program is underwritten in-part by the Center for State Policy & Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.

 

Recorded November 6, 2008.  Aired the week of November 10, 2008.  1 hour.


Bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago

From the Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference in Chicago: Gyata Kimmons, community liaison for Chicago 2016, tells conference attendees about Chicago's efforts to bring the 2016 Olympics to the Windy City.

 

Recorded September 27, 2008.  Aired the week of November 3, 2008.  30 minutes.


ABOUT ILLINOIS:

Alto Vineyards

From Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass: our "About Illinois" series travels to one of the pioneering wineries in the state, Alto Vineyards, to learn what is behind the explosive growth of Illinois' wine industry.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded 2008.  Re-aired the week of November 3, 2008.  10 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

How Abraham Lincoln Handled the Anti-War Movement

From the University of Illinois in Springfield: we hear from historian Dr. Jennifer Weber as she discusses how Abraham Lincoln handled the anti-war movement.  This program is part of our special coverage recognizing the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

 

Video Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

 

Recorded October 15, 2008.  Aired the week of November 3, 2008.  45 minutes.


Illinois Voters' Perceptions of Public Policy Issues

From the State Capitol in Springfield: members of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute release the results of a poll on what voters in Illinois think on a variety of public policy issues.

 

Recorded October 23, 2008.  Aired the week of October 27, 2008.  25 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

Bison Gear

From St. Charles: the second installment of our Making it in Illinois series.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit St. Charles' Bison Gear & Engineering Corporation.

 

For more information on Bison Gear, click here.

 

Recorded 2008.  Aired the week of October 27, 2008.  20 minutes.


Debate on the Constitutional Convention

From the Union League Club of Chicago: a debate on whether Illinois voters should call a new Constitutional Convention.  This will be the first issue on the Illinois ballot this November 4.  Arguing Illinois needs a new constitution is Lt Governor Pat Quinn.  Arguing against is Dawn Clark Netsch, who was a delegate at the 1970 Constitutional Convention, which produced Illinois¡¯ current constitution.  Whether Illinois should call a Constitutional Convention is put before voters every 20 years.

 

Recorded July 11, 2008.  Aired the week of October 20, 2008.  55 minutes.


Educational Benefits of Same Sex Classrooms

From Chicago: we go one on one with Nat Wilburn, Principal of Sacred Heart Schools of Chicago, and hear why single-sex classrooms offer a big boost to the learning environment for students.
 

Recorded September 26, 2008.  Aired the week of October 6, 2008.  20 minutes.


A Review of Abraham Lincoln's Work as a Lawyer

From Mt. Vernon: in the one remaining courtroom where Abraham Lincoln argued cases, which remains a court to this day, historians discuss Lincoln's work as a lawyer.  Moderated by former Gov. Jim Edgar, this event is part of the bicentennial celebration of Lincoln's birth, which took place February 12, 1809.

 

Recorded September 18, 2008.  Aired the week of September 29, 2008.  1 hour.


Interview with Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss

From Chicago: Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss counted Anne Frank among her childhood friends.  Like Anne Frank, Eva was forced to hide with her family from the Nazis.  On her 15th birthday, soldiers broke into her family's hiding place and sent them to Nazi death camps.  In this moving conversation, Eva tells her story of childhood joy, then hiding in fear, the horrors of the death camp, the loss of family members, and her ultimate survival.

 

This program is made possible by underwriting support from Casteel Coffee.

 

Recorded May 13, 2008.  Aired the week of September 22, 2008.  50 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2008: A Special Edition Covering the Illinois Delegation at the Historic 2008 Democratic National Convention

From Denver, Colorado: our first segment begins with one-on-one interviews with Illinois delegates sharing their insights on Sen. Obama.  We hear from former Sen. Denny Jacobs, Rep. John Bradley, Mayor Richard Daley, Congressman Bobby Rush and Sen. James Clayborne, among others.  We also hear analysis on the race to replace Sen. Emil Jones as Senate President.

 

Coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention is made possible in part by:

  • Judy Cates of the Cates Law Firm;

  • Keith Hebeisen of Clifford Law Offices; and

  • The Illinois AFL-CIO

Recorded August 24, 2008.  Aired the week of September 8, 2008.  40 minutes.


On the Floor with the Illinois Delegation at the Convention Hall

From the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado: we listen in on House Speaker Michael Madigan's comments with reporters about the unity -- or lack thereof -- within the Democratic Party.  We then join the Illinois delegation on the convention floor as a series of Illinois Constitutional officers speak to the nation about the man they have known for years, Sen. Barack Obama.  And, Cliff Kelley of WVON Chicago, tells us what his listeners within Chicago's African American community are saying about this historic presidential year.

 

Coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention is made possible in part by:

  • Judy Cates of the Cates Law Firm;

  • Keith Hebeisen of Clifford Law Offices; and

  • The Illinois AFL-CIO

Recorded August 25, 2008.  Aired the week of September 8, 2008.  20 minutes.


Michelle Obama & Sen. Joseph Biden on Issues Affecting Working Women

From the Colfax Center in Denver, Colorado: each day during convention week, a series of events and forums are scheduled prior to the evening's speakers at the convention hall.  We join one such event where Michelle Obama is joined by women governors and Sen. Joseph Biden.  We also hear from reporters at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who tell us how new technologies are changing the traditional role of print reporters and how conventions are covered.

 

Coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention is made possible in part by:

  • Judy Cates of the Cates Law Firm;

  • Keith Hebeisen of Clifford Law Offices; and

  • The Illinois AFL-CIO

Recorded August 26, 2008.  Aired the week of September 8, 2008.  28 minutes.


An Effort at Party Unity

From the Denver Marriott City Center: at the Wednesday morning unity meeting that caused such a stir, battling Illinois Democrats embrace.  We hear from Sen. Dick Durbin and talk one-on-one with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Sen. James Meeks on education funding and whether he will run for Governor, and Judge Abner Mikva, a former White House Counsel, on what we should look for in anyone seeking to be President.

 

Coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention is made possible in part by:

  • Judy Cates of the Cates Law Firm;

  • Keith Hebeisen of Clifford Law Offices; and

  • The Illinois AFL-CIO

Recorded August 27, 2008.  Aired the week of September 8, 2008.  30 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

FlagSource

From Batavia: the first installment of our new series, Making it in Illinois.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit Batavia's FlagSource.

 

Recorded Summer 2008.  Aired the week of August 4, 2008.  12 minutes.


Making it in Illinois:

Peerless of America

From Effingham: a continuation of the first installment of our new series, Making it in Illinois.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, showcases the Illinois companies, employers, and employees making products that are used around the world.  In this segment, we visit Effingham's Peerless of America.

 

Recorded Summer 2008.  Aired the week of August 4, 2008.  12 minutes.


Celebrating the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's Birth:

Abraham Lincoln's Tomb and Oak Ridge Cemetery

From Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield: with 2009 marking the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, we revisit Lincoln's Tomb and discover why it remains one of Illinois' leading tourist destinations.

 

Recorded June 27, 2005.  Aired the week of August 4, 2008.  25 minutes.


Sheila Weinberg:

Founder & CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting

From Springfield: Sheila Weinberg, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, explains the flaws she has found in the way governments account for their spending and why so-called "balanced budgets" frequently add to growing deficits.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded May 8, 2008.  Aired the week of July 28, 2008.  15 minutes.


The Leadership and Legacy of Gov. Richard Ogilvie

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: former Governor Jim Edgar moderates a panel of former cabinet members and aides to Governor Richard Ogilvie.  Frequently mentioned as one of the best governors in Illinois history, the panel shares their insights into how Governor Ogilvie shared the responsibilities of power with a young staff.  This panel was part of a day-long conference on Richard Ogilvie, Illinois' 35th Governor.

 

Recorded May 31, 2008.  Aired the week of July 28, 2008.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


Recollections of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients:

Tibor Rubin, Korean War Veteran

From the Union League Club of Chicago: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Tibor Rubin recounts his experiences in combat and how he handled the emotional aftermath.  Mr. Rubin is a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United State in 1948 and served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War from 1950 - 1953.

 

For more information on the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, click here.

 

Recorded July 11, 2008.  Aired the week of July 21, 2008.  10 minutes.


Recollections of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sammy Davis, Vietnam War Veteran

From the Union League Club of Chicago: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis recounts his experiences in combat and how he handled the emotional aftermath.  Mr. Davis served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and currently resides in Flat Rock, Illinois.

 

For more information on the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, click here.

 

Recorded July 11, 2008.  Aired the week of July 21, 2008.  10 minutes.


Recollections of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients:

Bruce Crandall, Vietnam War Veteran

From the Union League Club of Chicago: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall recounts his experiences in combat and how he handled the emotional aftermath.  Mr. Crandall also served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and is a resident of Washington state.

 

For more information on the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, click here.

 

Recorded July 11, 2008.  Aired the week of July 21, 2008.  10 minutes.


From Iraq: Rep. Jim Watson (R) on War Conditions and Building a Democracy

From Camp Ramadi in Iraq: State Representative Jim Watson, who is currently serving with the U.S. Marines in Iraq, tells us what he has experienced there.  He also discusses what is being accomplished in the effort to build a functioning democracy in the Anbar Province of Iraq.

 

Recorded July 1, 2008.  Aired the week of July 14, 2008.  15 minutes.


"Under the Dome: The Workings of Illinois State Government"

The Illinois State Treasurer

From Springfield: another program in our series on the workings of Illinois State Government.  In this installment, we hear from State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias on the role of the State Treasurer.

 

For more information, click here.

 

This program is underwritten by a grant from AT&T.

 

Recorded 2008.  Aired the week of July 7, 2008.  10 minutes.


ABOUT ILLINOIS:

Alto Vineyards

From Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass: our "About Illinois" series travels to one of the pioneering wineries in the state, Alto Vineyards, to learn what is behind the explosive growth of Illinois' wine industry.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded 2008.  Aired the week of June 23, 2008.  10 minutes.


Senator John Cullerton (D):

The State of Illinois' Political Climate

From Chicago: State Senator John Cullerton tells our contributing correspondent Jeff Berkowitz why he feels the state needs to raise taxes to meet its growing debt problem and fund a Capital Bill.  Senator Cullerton also offers his insights into how he feels Democrats will do in the Fall's legislative elections.

 

Video Courtesy of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz.

 

Recorded June 8, 2008.  Aired the week of June 16, 2008.  30 minutes.


Representative Aaron Schock:

The 2008 Republican State Convention

From Decatur: Illinois Republicans hold their state convention.  In our final segment, we hear the keynote address by Representative Aaron Schock who discusses what he sees as the road back for the state GOP.

 

Recorded June 7, 2008.  Aired the week of June 16, 2008.  20 minutes.


Memorial Service for Illinois' Fallen Military Members

From the House Chamber in the State Capitol: in a moving memorial service, House members read the names of Illinois soldiers and sailors who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Recorded May 29, 2008.  Aired the week of June 16, 2008.  25 minutes.


Richard B. Ogilvie as Governor

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: members of the Capitol Press Corps during the administration of Illinois Governor Richard Ogilvie recall his administration's policies and accomplishments.  This panel was part of a day-long conference on Ogilvie, Illinois' 35th Governor.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded May 31, 2008.  Aired the week of June 9, 2008.  1 hour 10 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS: Senator Kwame Raoul (D)

Overcoming Regional Misconceptions

From the State Capitol in Springfield: we launch our new Capitol Insights segment, in which we talk with lawmakers, lobbyists, and members of the media about legislation, policy, and politics.  We begin this series with State Senator Kwame Raoul.

 

Recorded May 28, 2008.  Aired the week of June 2, 2008.  12 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS: Senator William Haine (D)

Federal Review of Illinois' River Levies

From the State Capitol in Springfield: our new Capitol Insights segment continues with State Senator William Haine who discusses a federal review of Illinois' river levies.

 

Recorded May 21, 2008.  Aired the week of June 2, 2008.  9 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS: Dana Heupel

Executive Editor of Illinois Issues

From the State Capitol in Springfield: our new Capitol Insights segment continues with Dana Heupel, Executive Editor of Illinois Issues, who discusses covering Illinois politics and policy.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded May 28, 2008.  Aired the week of June 2, 2008.  10 minutes.


Defending Trial Attorneys' Reputations

From Springfield: our one-on-one discussion with Stephen Tillery.  Mr. Tillery, a trial attorney, contends that the role of trial attorneys is often misrepresented in media coverage and the benefits they provide to consumers is often ignored.

 

Recorded May 15, 2008.  Aired the week of June 2, 2008.  23 minutes.


Assisting Those with Developmental Disabilities

From Springfield: our one-on-one conversation with Sheila Romano, Executive Director of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Ms. Romano tells us why Illinois is currently rated last in the nation for care of the developmentally disabled and what reforms were proposed in a blueprint plan calling for an overhaul of Illinois' system of care.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded May 14, 2008.  Aired the week of May 19, 2008.  30 minutes.


New Technology and Business Growth

From Oak Brook: the final Spring meeting of the Executives Business Club of Oak Brook, in which panelists discuss technology of the future and how it may impact business operations.  This presentation is called, "The Wave of the Future: A Recipe for Growth."

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded May 8, 2008.  Aired the week of May 19, 2008.  45 minutes.


Creating the 21st Century Education System

From the City Club of Chicago: Paul Vallas, former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and current Superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District, talks of changes he's implemented elsewhere that he says need to be made in education if the United States is to remain competitive around the world.

 

Video Courtesy of CAN TV, Chicago.

 

Recorded April 28, 2008.  Aired the week of May 12, 2008.  40 minutes.


Ending "Pay-to-Play" Politics in Illinois Government

From the State Capitol in Springfield: state legislators join with a political reform organization to announce an agreement to end what they call "pay-to-play" relationships.

 

Recorded April 30, 2008.  Aired the week of May 5, 2008.  35 minutes.


Former Congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN):

Advice for the Next President

From Illinois College in Jacksonville: former Congressman Lee Hamilton, who also served as Vice-Chair of the 9/11 Commission, delivers a speech entitled, "Advice for the Next President."  A former Democratic Congressman from Indiana, Lee Hamilton served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is considered an expert in foreign affairs.

 

Recorded April 24, 2008.  Aired the week of May 5, 2008.  40 minutes.


"Under the Dome: The Workings of Illinois State Government"

The Illinois Secretary of State

From the Secretary of State's Office in Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White explains the services and duties carried out by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office.

 

This program is underwritten by a grant from AT&T.

 

Recorded 2007.  Aired the week of April 14, 2008.  25 minutes.


"Under the Dome: The Workings of Illinois State Government"

The Illinois Supreme Court

From the State Supreme Court in Springfield: our one-on-one conversation with Justice Rita Garman on the workings of the Illinois Supreme Court.  Justice Garman tells us how the justices come to serve on the Court, how the cases they hear are selected, and what happens in the Chamber during oral arguments.

 

This program is underwritten by a grant from AT&T.

 

Recorded 2007.  Aired the week of March 31, 2008.  25 minutes.


Best Practices for Utilizing Red Light Cameras

From the Illinois Municipal League's Annual Conference in Chicago: a panel discusses using cameras to identify and ticket drivers running red lights.  We hear about whether these cameras can clearly identify violators, the cost to install and operate such systems, and the amount of income these cameras may generate for cities.

 

Recorded October 20, 2007.  Aired the week of March 17, 2008.  1 hour.


Debate on a Constitutional Convention in Illinois

From the Sangamo Club in Springfield: Lt. Governor Pat Quinn and former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch debate the issue of whether Illinois needs a new Constitution to replace the current one written in 1970.  Voters will face this issue on the November ballot.

 

This program is underwritten in-part by the Center for State Policy & Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.

 

Recorded March 5, 2008.  Aired the week of March 10, 2008.  1 hour.


Chicago's Transportation Needs and Funding

From Oak Brook: the Executives Breakfast Club of Oak Brook discusses regional transportation issues impacting the Chicago area.  The Club meets throughout the year to examine issues affecting the Chicagoland area.

 

For more information on the Executives Breakfast Club of Oak Brook, click here.

 

Recorded February 14, 2008.  Aired the week of March 3, 2008.  1 hour.


Unfunded Pension Mandates on Cities

From the State Capitol in Springfield: Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin discusses the unfunded mandates the state legislature has handed down to municipal pension systems.  Mayor Davlin says the legislature's demands that cities retroactively expand pension benefits for firemen and policemen is undermining city budgets across Illinois.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded February 11, 2008.  Aired the week of February 18, 2008.  40 minutes.


Lincoln's Legacy and Presidential Leadership

From Springfield: Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss talks of the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and presidential leadership.  Mr. Beschloss' address was delivered at the 100th meeting of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

 

For more information on the Abraham Lincoln Association, click here.

 

Be sure to also check out our Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial page here.

 

Recorded February 12, 2008.  Aired the week of February 18, 2008.  35 minutes.


Legislative Leaders Forum

From Northwestern University in Evanston: in a forum moderated by Northwestern University President Henry Bienen, Illinois' four legislative leaders discuss current issues within the state and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process.  We hear comments from Senate President Emil Jones, Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and House Minority Leader Tom Cross.

 

Recorded January 23, 2008.  Aired the week of February 4, 2008.  1 hour & 15 minutes.


1865 Presidential News Conference

From the House Chamber of the Old State Capitol in Springfield:  famed Lincoln impersonator George Buss offers a depiction of President Abraham Lincoln holding a Presidential News Conference in April 1865 as the Civil War drew to a close.  Members of Springfield's Capitol press corps pepper President Lincoln with period questions on taxes, how he plans to heal the nation's wounds, and his future plans after he leaves the White House.  This event was organized by the Abraham Lincoln Association in Illinois as part of the 2009 commemoration of the bicentennial of President Lincoln's birth.

 

Recorded October 4, 2007.  Aired the week of February 4, 2008.  45 minutes.


2003 Policy Positions of Sen. Barack Obama

From Springfield: on February 5, Illinois will be one of 24 states holding a Presidential Primary Election.  With questions having been raised about Senator Obama's original position on the war in Iraq, we now re-air our November 2003 interview with Senator Obama, who was then running for the U.S. Senate.  In this interview, Senator Obama discusses Iraq, the war on terror, and the use of military force.

 

Recorded November 6, 2003.  Re-aired the week of January 28, 2008.  30 minutes.


What is Fair? Genetics and Public Policy

From the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago: a discussion of how the developing science of genetics impacts public policy.  Stem cell research, genetically modified foods, and DNA studies on past populations are just a few of the ways genetics is impacting our society.  This is the final program in the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long series on the Genetics Revolution.

 

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

 

Recorded September 25, 2007.  Aired the week of December 31, 2007.  1 hour & 55 minutes.


FutureGen Comes to Illinois

From Mattoon: Governor Rod Blagojevich speaks to city and business leaders following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy that Mattoon, Illinois will be the site of the $1.5 billion FutureGen project.  FutureGen is designed to allow for the clean use of coal.  Construction of the project will create hundreds of new jobs and hold the promise of expanding the use of Illinois coal in meeting the nation's energy needs.

 

Recorded December 18, 2007.  Aired the week of December 24, 2007.  5 minutes.


Authors Scott Turow and John Grisham Discuss the Death Penalty and Wrongful Convictions

From Chicago: best-selling authors John Grisham and Scott Turow discuss the death penalty and why they say flaws in the legal system mean society should eliminate executions as a form of punishment. Their discussion is moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorialist Cornelia Grumann of the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Channel's coverage of this program is underwritten by Reed Smith LLP.

Recorded October 24, 2007.  Aired the week of November 19, 2007.  45 minutes.


Employers' Perspective on Health Care Solutions

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: Doug Whitley, President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, discusses the growing burden healthcare costs are having on Illinois businesses.  Mr. Whitley also offers some thoughts on what changes could be made to improve healthcare while controlling costs.

This program is underwritten in-part by the Center for State Policy & Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.

Recorded October 19, 2007.  Aired the week of November 12, 2007.  1 hour.


FutureGen and the Future of Coal

From St. Louis: our one-on-one conversation with Fred Palmer, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Peabody Energy.  We hear about the FutureGen project, which offers a zero emission use of coal, and other new technologies that may result in the nation expanding its use of coal as a primary energy source without harming the environment.

Recorded October 16, 2007.  Aired the week of November 5, 2007.  35 minutes.


Broadband's Impact on Education and Economic Development

From Chicago: our one-on-one interview with Jim Carlini, Management Consultant and Broadband Network Analyst.  He discusses the broadband Internet revolution and what is at stake for the economic development of Illinois' communities.

Recorded October 19, 2007.  Aired the week of November 5, 2007.  15 minutes.


The Illinois Cable and Video Competition Law

From the Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference in Chicago: a panel discusses the AT&T television programming legislation which passed the legislature this Spring.  Now that AT&T is on the verge of rolling out its program offerings, we hear the municipal perspective on what this means to communities, homeowners, and consumers.

Recorded October 19, 2007.  Aired the week of November 5, 2007.  1 hour & 5 minutes.


How Does Race Matter?

Genetics and Race

From the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago: a panel discussion on genetics and race.  The panel examines questions such as, "How does race matter?", and "What are the genetic markers that determine our race?".

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

Recorded May 23, 2007.  Aired the week of October 29, 2007.  1 hour & 25 minutes.


Genetically Modified Food

What Are Our Choices?

From Southern Illinois University in Carbondale: we hear a panel of experts discuss the choices we have when it comes to genetically modified food.  Some support that genetically modified foods hold the promise of crops that are resistant to disease and produce more abundant harvests to feed a hungry world.  But some nations are blocking the importation of genetically modified foods because of safety concerns.

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

Recorded April 11, 2007.  Aired the week of September 10, 2007.  2 hours.


What Every New Senator Should Know About the U.S. Senate

From the Peoria Civic Center: Richard Baker, Historian with the U.S. Senate, gives an address in which he discusses "What Every New Senator Should Know About the U.S. Senate."  This presentation was part of the annual Congress in the Classroom program organized by the Dirksen Congressional Center and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University.

Recorded August 2, 2007.  Aired the week of September 3, 2007.  55 minutes.


Communicating with Members of Congress

From the Peoria Civic Center: a presentation on how individuals and organizations can effectively communicate their needs to a congressional office.  This presentation was part of the annual Congress in the Classroom series organized by the Dirksen Congressional Center and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University.

Recorded August 2, 2007.  Aired the week of August 27, 2007.  1 hour & 5 minutes.


CAMPAIGN 2008:

Senator Obama's Plan to Fight Global Terrorism

From the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC: Senator Barack Obama delivers a policy address on fighting global terrorism.  This speech is one of the major foreign policy components of Senator Obama's Presidential campaign, in which he discusses what he would do in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  He also discusses what he would do to improve homeland security within the United States.

To read a .pdf version of Senator Obama's speech, click here.

Recorded August 1, 2007.  Aired the week of August 13, 2007.  40 minutes.


Springfield Race Riot of 1908

From Springfield: an encore presentation of our look back at the Springfield Race Riot of 1908 and the violent sequence of events in Abraham Lincoln's hometown that shocked the nation.  We also hear of the riot's lasting legacy as we revisit actual locations where rioting took place.

Historical photos used in this program are courtesy of the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library - Springfield's Public Library.

Recorded June 2005.  Re-aired the week of July 30, 2007.  50 minutes.


Understanding Past Populations Using Ancient DNA

From the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown: we hear what DNA tests of ancient Native American burial sites are revealing about the migration patterns and relationships of the first Illinoisans.

Recorded April 15, 2007.  Aired the week of July 16, 2007.  1 hour and 15 minutes.


Abraham Lincoln's Home and Neighborhood

From Springfield: a look at the home and neighborhood where Abraham and Mary Lincoln raised their children and lived in up until the time they moved into the White House.  We will hear what kind of parents the Lincolns were and how the house served as a site for many of Lincoln's important political meetings.  We will also hear about the on-going efforts to revitalize other homes in the neighborhood.

Recorded June 6, 2005.  Re-aired the week of July 2, 2007.  30 minutes.


Abraham Lincoln's Presidential Virtues

From Knox College in Galesburg: he is often cited by historians as our nation's best president.  But what were the principles that guided Abraham Lincoln's Presidential leadership?  Lincoln's actions and leadership style are recalled and analyzed in this address by William Miller, author of Lincoln's Virtues.

Recorded September 10, 2004.  Re-aired the week of July 2, 2007.  40 minutes.


Hon. Rita Garman:

Illinois Supreme Court Justice

From Loyola University School of Law in Chicago: a speech by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman.  Justice Garman discusses the role of judges and the need to maintain judicial independence.  Her remarks were part of a day-long legal conference which examined various questions concerning the legal profession and judicial process.

To read a text copy of Justice Garman's address, click here.

This program is underwritten in-part by the Illinois Civil Justice League.

 

Recorded April 10, 2007.  Aired the week of June 25, 2007.  25 minutes.


Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong from the People's Republic of China

From Knox College in Galesburg: an address by Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to the United States.  In the address, the ambassador discusses the growing trade relationship between China and the United States, as well as a number of other international issues, from Iraq to North Korea.  This address is Knox College's 2007 Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs.

This program is underwritten in-part by the Illinois Business Roundtable's Economic Growth Task Force.

 

Recorded May 7, 2007.  Aired the week of June 25, 2007.  45 minutes.


Andrew Ferguson:

Author of "Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America"

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield: the remarks of author Andrew Ferguson.  Mr. Ferguson, who is also an editor at "The Weekly Standard," discusses his new book, Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America.  In the book and this lecture, Mr. Ferguson recounts his search for Lincoln's legacy during his travels across America in which he visited museums, monuments, and even Lincoln impersonators.

Recorded June 12, 2007.  Aired the week of June 25, 2007.  45 minutes.


The Maverick and the Machine:

Reflections of Governor Dan Walker

From Springfield: our one-on-one conversation with former Governor Dan Walker (1973 - 1977).  Governor Walker recently authored his autobiography The Maverick and the Machine: Governor Dan Walker Tells His Story.  In the book, he recounts his rise to the top of the legal profession, his run for Governor, his fights with Mayor Richard J. Daley, and later, his serving time in federal prison.  Governor Walker is interviewed by Illinois Channel Contributing Correspondent, Bernie Sieracki.

Recorded June 1, 2007.  Aired the week of June 18, 2007.  35 minutes.


The Ethics of Genetic Tests on the Remains of Historical Figures

From Millikin University in Decatur: a panel of historians discuss the ethical implications of genetic testing on historical artifacts and even on the remains of historical figures.  Among the questions raised are: Who speaks for the dead? Do they have privacy rights, or are those outweighed by the potential knowledge that could benefit society?  This panel includes noted Lincoln scholar Frank Williams, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

 

Recorded April 21, 2007.  Aired the week of June 18, 2007.  1 hour & 5 minutes.


ABOUT ILLINOIS:

The Rend Lake Area

From the Rend Lake Region in Southern Illinois: with the summer boating season in full force, we take another look at Rend Lake, an area recently selected as one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois."  We learn what there is to do there and hear how Rend Lake provides a key to the economic development efforts of Southern Illinois.

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded Summer 2006.  Re-aired the week of June 18, 2007.  15 minutes.


Education: From Here to Excellence

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: a review of strategies that were found to improve student achievement in even the most challenging schools.  This panel discussion is the result of a seven-part series that was published in the Chicago Tribune entitled From Here to Excellence.

For more information on the Chicago Tribune's From Here to Excellence series, click here.

 

Recorded May 1, 2007.  Aired the week of May 28, 2007.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


Patricia Woertz:

CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Co.

From the Economic Club of Chicago: a speech by Patricia Woertz, Chief Executive Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).  Ms. Woertz discusses the developing market for ethanol and ADM's role in becoming a leading supplier of BioEnergy products.

This program is underwritten in-part by the Economic Club of Chicago and the Illinois Business Roundtable's Economic Growth Task Force.

 

Recorded April 23, 2007.  Aired the week of May 28, 2007.  40 minutes.


B. Joseph White:

President of the University of Illinois

From Springfield: our one-on-one interview with B. Joseph White, President of the University of Illinois.  President White discusses his strategic goals for the University, the retirement of Chief Illiniwek as the University's mascot, and campus security in light of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Recorded April 26, 2007.  Aired the week of May 14, 2007.  35 minutes.


Lincoln Scholar Douglas Wilson:

"Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words"

From Knox College in Galesburg: Douglas Wilson, co-director of Knox College's Lincoln Studies Center, delivers an address in which he discusses Abraham Lincoln's writings, including the Gettysburg Address, and how Lincoln's words galvanized the nation during the Civil War.  Mr. Wilson recently authored the book, "Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words."  The book won this year's Lincoln Prize.

Recorded January 5, 2007.  Aired the week of April 23, 2007.  50 minutes.


Sen. W. Russell Arrington and the Modern General Assembly

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: former governor Jim Edgar, former legislator Jim Nowlan, and author Taylor Pensoneau discuss the legacy of Illinois State Senator W. Russell Arrington.  This panel marks the release of Mr. Pensoneau's book, "Power House: Arrington of Illinois."  The book and discussion highlight Sen. Arrington's career in the Illinois legislature from 1945 to 1973.

Recorded February 21, 2007.  Aired the week of February 26, 2007.  1 hour & 10 minutes.


Farewell to Chief Illiniwek

From Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Urbana: the University of Illinois has decided to retire Chief Illiniwek as the symbol of its fighting spirit after 80 years of service.  The Chief's final performance was on the basketball court on February 21st.  We bring you his final appearance at the University's Memorial Stadium during halftime of the Illinois-Purdue football game.

Recorded November 11, 2006.  Aired the week of February 26, 2007.  5 minutes.


2007 Inauguration of Executive Officers

From Springfield: the 2007 inauguration of Illinois' Constitutional Officers.  Democrats now hold all six statewide offices, and Governor Blagojevich is the first Democrat to be sworn-in for a second term since the second inaugural of Otto Kerner in January 1965.

Click here to read a copy of Governor Blagojevich's Inaugural Address.

 

Recorded January 8, 2007.  Aired the week of January 15, 2007.  1 hour & 45 minutes.


The Impact of Our Genetic Make-Up on Free Will

From Chicago: an examination of whether human genetics may effect what we commonly refer to as our "free will."  Some research suggests our genetic make-up may determine our behavior, but there is debate over to what extent.  This panel discussion is part of a year-long series sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council, which is examining how genetics is changing our world.

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

 

Recorded November 8, 2006.  Aired the week of January 8, 2007.  1 hour & 25 minutes.


Genetics and Food

From Chicago: the second program in the Illinois Humanities Council's year-long series examining how the science of genetics is changing our world.  This presentation, entitled What Will We Eat, looks at how genetics is revolutionizing the make-up and supply of food.  We also hear about the practical and ethical considerations involved in genetics and food.

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

Recorded October 28, 2006.  Aired the week of December 18, 2006.  1 hour & 35 minutes.


Prevention and Detection of Kidney Disease

From Springfield: Willa Lang, Executive Director of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, discusses the development of the first Kidney Mobile in the nation.  She also talks about the cost of undetected kidney disease to patients and the healthcare system.

Click here for more information on the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

Recorded November 29, 2006.  Aired the week of December 11, 2006.  20 minutes.


Genetics, Science, and the Impact on Society

From Chicago: Genetics research is leading to new developments in medicine & food production, and it has the potential to expand the lifespan of humans.  As the first in a year-long series organized by the Illinois Humanities Council and covered by the Illinois Channel, this program examines the impact of genetics on mankind and seeks to answer, "Why Should We Care About Genetics?"

Click here to visit the Illinois Humanities Council website for more information.

Recorded September 26, 2006.  Aired the week of November 20, 2006.  1 hour & 25 minutes.


Adlai E. Stevenson III Recalls His Father's Legacy

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: former Senator Adlai Stevenson III recalls the legacy of his father, Governor Adlai Stevenson II.  This address was delivered as part of a day-long event reviewing the leadership of Governor Stevenson, who twice ran as the Democratic Party's Presidential Nominee and later served as America's U.N. Ambassador.

Recorded November 5, 2005.  Aired the week of September 18, 2006.  35 minutes.


Experiences as a WWII P.O.W. in Germany

From Springfield: a special story of service and sacrifice.  Chicagoan Dick Lockhart recounts his experiences in World War II as a member of the Army's 106th Infantry Division.  In December 1944, during the German counter-offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge, Dick Lockhart was taken prisoner and spent four months as a Prisoner of War, surviving in-part on "grass soup."

Recorded August 31, 2006.  Aired the week of September 18, 2006.  35 minutes.


The Looming Crisis in Medicare, Social Security, and the Budget

From the Union League Club of Chicago: David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, and Robert Bixby, Executive Director of the Concord Coalition, discuss the looming funding crisis in the Federal Budget.  We hear details on how the unfunded obligations in Medicare and Social Security threaten to overwhelm the government's ability to meet those obligations and fund other functions of government.

Recorded August 24, 2006.  Aired the week of September 4, 2006.  1 hour.


Doris Kearns Goodwin: Historian & Author

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield: an encore presentation of Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discussing her book, "Team of Rivals," which chronicles the political infighting in the Lincoln Administration.  Ms. Goodwin also discusses the telling of American history through biographies.  Ms. Goodwin is interviewed by State Historian Tom Schwartz.

Recorded February 11, 2006.  Re-aired the week of August 7, 2006.  1 hour and 5 minutes.


The Public & Private Lives of Dwight & Mamie Eisenhower

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight & Mamie Eisenhower, discusses the sacrifices made by her grandmother in support of Ike's military and Presidential careers.  This panel was part of a day-long conference kicking off the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum's new temporary exhibit, "Mrs. President: From Martha to Laura," which runs through October 29, 2006.

Click here for more information.

 

Recorded May 11, 2006.  Aired the week of June 26, 2006.  45 minutes.


America's First Ladies:

Blending Politics with Social Etiquette

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: a panel of Social Secretaries from the Johnson, Ford, and the first Bush administrations discuss what goes into planning White House functions for Heads of State and share some interesting behind the scenes stories.  This panel was part of a day-long conference kicking off the Museum's new temporary exhibit, "Mrs. President: From Martha to Laura," which runs through October 29, 2006.

Click here for more information.

 

Recorded May 11,  2006.  Aired the week of June 12, 2006.  1 hour and 15 minutes.


Mrs. President: Rediscovering Our First Ladies

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: Richard Norton Smith, Presidential Historian and former Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, reviews the lives and legacies of America's First Ladies.  This address was part of a conference kicking off the Museum's new temporary exhibit, "Mrs. President: From Martha to Laura."

Click here for more information.

 

Recorded May 11,  2006.  Aired the week of May 22, 2006.  50 minutes.


Update on Medical Malpractice Reform

From Northern Illinois University in DeKalb: the U.S. Senate will soon debate Medical Malpractice Reform, a topic of heated debate in Illinois last year.  Keith Hebeisen, current President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, offers his analysis of Medical Malpractice Reform one-year after it was passed in the Illinois Legislature.

Recorded April 13, 2006.  Aired the week of May 1, 2006.  30 minutes.


Illinois Channel Legislative Profile:

Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson (R)

From Springfield: Illinois Channel Contributor Bernard Sieracki talks with Senator Frank Watson, leader of the Senate Republicans.  Senator Watson shares his views on government and what he sees as the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to solving society's problems.

Recorded March 22, 2006.  Aired the week of March 27, 2006.  35 minutes.


Doris Kearns Goodwin: Historian & Author

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her recent book, "Team of Rivals," which chronicles the political infighting in the Lincoln Administration.  Ms. Goodwin also discusses the telling of American history through biographies.  Ms. Goodwin is interviewed by State Historian Tom Schwartz following an introduction by Richard Norton Smith, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

Recorded February 11, 2006.  Aired the week of March 6, 2006.  1 hour and 5 minutes.


Senate President Emil Jones (D)

From Springfield: a conversation with Senate President Emil Jones.  The Senator reflects on his experiences of growing up in Chicago and some of the events and individuals who were instrumental in forming his character.  We also hear how these experiences affected the Senator's philosophies on governing and the role of government in society.  Senator Jones is interviewed by Illinois Channel Contributor Bernard Sieracki, a Lobbyist and Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

Recorded February 23, 2006.  Aired the week of February 27, 2006.  40 minutes.


"Behind the Scenes" at the John G. Shedd Aquarium

From Chicago: we continue our "Behind the Scenes" series with a tour of the John G. Shedd Aquarium.  From sea lions to sharks and dolphins, we see how the animals that awe tourists are trained, medically cared for, and what researchers learn from their close relationship with their aquatic menagerie.

Recorded October 12, 2005.  Aired the week of January 2, 2006.  Re-aired the week of May 15, 2006.  25 minutes.


Jim Thompson Reflects On His Life and Career

From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield: former Governor Jim Thompson reflects on life in public office and the highlights of his career.

Recorded October 3, 2005.  Aired the weeks of December 11 & 18, 2005.  1 hour and 40 minutes.


Einstein's Revolutions: The Ethics of Scientific Progress

From Chicago: four panelists discuss recent scientific research breakthroughs and their potential impact on society.  This discussion is part of a series of programs noting the 100th Anniversary of Albert Einstein's publication of five papers which dramatically altered scientists' understanding of our physical world.

For More Information, Visit: www.prairie.org/einstein

Recorded October 6, 2005.  Aired the week of November 13, 2005.  1 hour.


Einstein's Hidden Worlds

From Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University in Chicago: a lecture by Joe Lykken, Physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  Dr. Lykken's address, Einstein's Hidden Worlds, deals in-part with the unseen particles which make up our physical world.  This is the fourth lecture in the Illinois Humanities Council's series commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Albert Einstein's publication of five papers which altered the world's understanding of energy, time, and the physical world.

For More Information, Visit: www.prairie.org/einstein

Recorded September 8, 2005.  Aired the week of September 18, 2005.  1 hour.


Springfield Race Riot of 1908

From Springfield:  With the help of Historian Cullom Davis, we look back at the Springfield Race Riot of 1908 and the violent sequence of events in Abraham Lincoln's hometown that shocked the nation.  We also hear of the riot's lasting legacy as we revisit actual locations where rioting took place with Professor Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Director of the African American Studies & Research Program at the University of Illinois.

Historical photos used in this program are courtesy of the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library - Springfield's Public Library.

Recorded June 2005.  Aired the week of September 4, 2005.  50 minutes.


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Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Einstein's Revolutions: Time's Arrow

From the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago: the third of a five-part series noting the legacy of Albert Einstein.  The year 2005 marks the 100th Anniversary of the publication of five papers by Einstein, which together revolutionized the scientific world's concepts of time and space.

For More Information, Visit: www.prairie.org/einstein

Recorded August 11, 2005.  Aired the week of August 28, 2005.  1 hour and 15 minutes.


Einstein's Cosmic Legacy

From the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago:  we hear about Einstein's "Cosmic Legacy" from two speakers: Professor Edward "Rocky" Kolb of the University of Chicago and Professor Janna Levin of Columbia University.  This lecture is the second in a series of five lectures commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the publication of five of Albert Einstein's papers regarding the world's perception of ideas such as time and space.

For More Information, Visit: www.prairie.org/einstein

Recorded July 11, 2005.  Aired the week of July 24, 2005.  1 hour.


Lincoln's Tomb and Oak Ridge Cemetery

From Springfield:  Oak Ridge Cemetery is hallowed ground, not only as the resting ground for Abraham Lincoln, but for the memorials to the veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  The number of visitors to the cemetery each year makes Oak Ridge second only to Arlington as the most visited cemetery in the nation.  Our cameras take you there to see what visitors see, and what they learn.

Recorded June 27, 2005.  Aired the week of July 17, 2005.  35 minutes.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Einstein and the History of Relativity

From the Newberry Library in Chicago:  In 1905, Albert Einstein published five papers which forever altered the course of science and human history.  To mark the 100th Anniversary of Einstein's work, the Illinois Humanities Council is organizing a five-part series examining Einstein's ideas and legacy.  The Illinois Channel plans to broadcast all five of these lectures.  We begin with Dr. Peter Galison, Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University, who discusses Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.

For More Information, Visit: www.prairie.org/einstein

Recorded June 14, 2005.  Aired the week of July 3, 2005.  1 hour.


Lincoln Home and Neighborhood

From Springfield: a look at the home and neighborhood where Abraham and Mary Lincoln raised their children and lived in up until the time they moved into the White House.  We will hear what kind of parents the Lincolns were and how the house served as a site for many of Lincoln's important political meetings.  We will also hear about the on-going efforts to revitalize other homes in the neighborhood.

Recorded June 6, 2005.  Aired the week of June 26, 2005.  32 minutes.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Lincoln's New Salem

From Petersburg: Springfield is known as the home of Abraham Lincoln, but just 20 miles northwest of Springfield is the reconstructed town of New Salem, where Lincoln spent his early adulthood. We will show you where Lincoln's rail splitter image was burnished, where he tried and failed in business, and where he began his legal education.  In addition to its Lincoln legacies, New Salem's "living history" offers visitors a fascinating look at the challenges of living and surviving in a small Illinois town of the 1830s.

Recorded May 9, 2005.  Aired the week of June 12, 2005.  1 hour.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Illinois National Guard's Military History

From Springfield: Did you know Illinoisan's captured General Santa Anna's wooden leg during the 1840's War with Mexico?  It is just one artifact on display at the Illinois Military Museum.  Nicknamed "The Castle," the museum is located at the National Guard's Camp Lincoln in Springfield.  Tour with us as Museum Director Mark Whitlock showcases the museum's exhibits and how they capture the history of the Illinois National Guard, from the Blackhawk War to the capture of Baghdad.

For More Information, Visit: http://www.il.ngb.army.mil

 

Recorded March 2, 2005.  Aired the week of April 24, 2005.  45 minutes.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House

From Springfield: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Springfield socialite Susan Lawrence Dana, the Dana-Thomas House is now home to the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture.  It is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright's early "Prairie" houses.

 

For More Information on the Dana-Thomas House, Visit: www.dana-thomas.org.

 

Recorded February 22, 2005.  Aired the week of March 27, 2005.  1 hour.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Tours of Old State Capitol and Lincoln Herndon Law Offices

From Springfield: Downtown Springfield actually holds two state capitol buildings.  One is the current home of state government.  But another building, known as the "Old State Capitol,"  once housed the entire structure of state government.  It was also in this building that Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A Douglas began to develop their ambitions and merge their futures.  Just across from this building, Abraham Lincoln practiced law for nine years.  In this video tour, we hear the history of the buildings and learn of the men and issues that led to Illinois being called, "The Land of Lincoln."

 

Recorded February 15, 2005.  Aired the week of February 27, 2005.  60 minutes.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum

From Chicago: we begin a new series in which viewers are allowed to go "Behind the Scenes."  We start our series with a "behind the scenes" tour of Chicago's Field Museum.  Museum President John McCarter is our guide as we visit the museum's researchers, artifacts, and vast collections.

 

Recorded September 16, 2004.  Aired the week of December 19, 2004.  60 minutes.


Route 66: Economic Impact of Tourism

From Springfield: The "Mother Road" of American highways continues to grow its lore.  Springfield's organized "Route 66" festival, which capitalized upon this trend when it launched three years ago, is just one example of how Illinois' local festivals can bring in millions of tourism dollars to local communities, while providing citizens with new opportunities for fun and frolic.

 

Recorded September 25, 2004.  Aired the week of October 10, 2004.  35 minutes.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


Illinois' Evolving Environment

From the Illinois State Museum in Springfield: Changes is the name of a new display at the Illinois State Museum, which allows visitors to pass through 500-million years of Illinois' natural history.  The display, which just opened in June, took nearly a decade to plan and implement.  The museum display takes visitors from a time when Illinois' landmass sat nearly on the Equator and was composed of tropical forests, to the Glacial period, when ice covered nearly two-thirds of Illinois, and created the Great Lakes and our flat lands in the state's central regions.  Today, our environment continues to change, due to both natural forces and man's interaction with nature.  Changes showcases our past and reminds us that the earth is not a stagnant fixture, but an ever-evolving planet.

 

Recorded July 29, 2004.  Aired the week of August 1, 2004.  43 minutes.


This program is brought to you in cooperation with the

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Bureau of Tourism.


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