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Endorsements 

Media | Individuals | Organizations
State and Federal Officials | Communities

 

Media


"Thank goodness the idea finally is being floated in Illinois that it could be time for us to have our own statewide public affairs television network." 
Bloomington Pantagraph


"Debates and key votes on topics such as abortion, concealed carry, prayer in school and other hot-button issues would likely swell the ranks of interested viewers."
The Springfield State Journal-Register


"A statewide television network, copying the coolly objective C-SPAN approach, will enable citizens to know more than slogans about their government."
Columnist, Moline Dispatch, and Illinois Channel Advisory Board Member Don Wooten


"Giving the governed more access to the actions of those who govern should be a key element of democracy.  Illinois government shouldn’t be shy about turning the cameras on itself for everyone to see."
Chicago Tribune


“Who would it benefit? Everyone who is affected by state government, and that’s all of us.  Further, it would be a great educational tool in the classroom.”
Moline Dispatch


“In Peoria alone, sessions of the School Board and County Board are televised.  Judging by the Wednesday-morning quarterbacking, the City Council draws a sizeable audience.  But when it comes to state government, there is a void, which is becoming more of a handicap as news coverage of state government declines.”
Peoria Journal Star


“Broadcast and now Internet technologies can open public processes to all citizens who possess a television set if not a computer online.  Illinois, as a major mid-continental industrial state, needs to get with the times.”
Quincy Herald-Whig


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Individuals


Belleville

Ron O'Connor, O'Connor & Partners, Inc., President & Managing Partner (2006)


Bloomington/Normal

Barbara J. Adkins, City of Bloomington, Community Affairs Specialist
Paul E. Bender, Chicago Title Insurance, Vice President
Dewhitt L. Bingham, McLean County Court Services and Heartland CC
Dan Brady, Republican Candidate for State Representative, 88th District
Jim Finnegan, City of Bloomington, Alderman
Cheryl Gaines, Town of Normal, Council member
Richard Helton, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director

Barbara J. Knapp, Knapp Burn Foundation, Executive Director (2003)
Anne Nadakavukaren, League of Women Voters of McLean County, First Vice President
Carol A. Reitan, McLean County League of Women Voters and former Mayor of Normal
Gary G. Speers, Normal Police Department, Assistant Chief of Police
Barbara Findley Stuart, McLean County Community COMPACT


Carbondale

Jeffery Jerome Anderson, City of Carbondale Fire Department, Fire Chief
Robert L. Butler, City of Marion, Mayor
Leonard Ferguson, City of Salem, Mayor
Mackie Nicholes, Saluki Travel
Elizabeth Skeeter, League of Women Voters of Jackson County & Jackson County Board

Rich Whitney, Green Party Candidate for Governor (2006)


Champaign/Urbana

Jim Green, City of Champaign, Champaign City Council Member
Tod Satterthwaite, City of Urbana, Mayor
Jerry Schweighaet, City of Champaign, Mayor

Mark Shelden, Champaign County, Champaign County Clerk (2002)


Chicago

Diane E. Brown, Illinois Public Interest Research Group, Executive Director
Patricia Hicks, Citizen Advocacy Center, Associate Director
Joanne E. Howard, Designs for Change, Deputy Director
Katy Jacob, Woodstock Institute, Research/Communications Associate
Jeff Kaye, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Director of Communications

David L. Kohn, Union League Club of Chicago, Director of Public Affairs (2005)
Marcia McConnell, League of Women Voters of Illinois, Vice President for Voter Service
Ken Meuser, Meuser Associates, President
Calvin S. Morris, Community Renewal Society, Executive Director
Susanne Schnell, Civic Committee, Sr. Mgr, Economic Development
Andrew Wade, Chicago School Leadership Cooperative, Executive Director
Cynthia Williams, Sinai Community Institute, Community Development Manager


Coal Valley

Ralene Paschkov, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, Convention Sales Manager (2003)


Decatur

Debra Ashley, Holiday Inn Select, Associate Sales Manager (2003)

Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff, Millikin University, Associate Professor of Political Science
Robert McIntire, Millikin University, Professor of Political Science
Charles A. Shoukwiler, Macon/Piatt Regional Office of Education, Regional Superintendent of Schools
Roger E. Walker, Jr., Macon County Sheriff


DuPage County

Dr. Bernard Fradkin, College of DuPage, Dean
Dr. Bob Skup, College of DuPage, Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies
Gary E. Wenger, College of DuPage, Vice President, Information Technology


Fairview Heights

Kristine Lamons, Four Points by Sheraton, Director of Sales (2003)


Galena

Walter Johnson, Candidate for Illinois' 89th House District (2009)


Geneva

Joe Serra, Candidate for Illinois' 50th House District (2006)


LaGrange Park

Kevin O'Connor, Candidate Illinois' 41st House District (Green Party) (2008)


Moline

Chris Beiderbecke (2005)


Park Ridge

Susan Raap (2003)


Peoria

Mary Jane Crowell, League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, President
Rita Fischbach, Illinois Central College, Dean of Instruction
Denene Gallion, CityLink Mass Transportation, Director of Information Systems
Nancy Gardner, Labor Council of West Central Illinois, Secretary/Treasurer

William K. Hall, Bradley University, Professor of Political Science (2003)
E. Kay Harmon, City of Peoria, E.S.D.A. Director
Mary L. Haynes, City of Peoria, City Clerk/Town Clerk
Michael F. Kuhns, Economic Development Council for Center Illinois, Sr. Vice President
Jerome Lilly, CityLink Mass Transportation, Assistant General Manager
Paul R. Lister, Eureka College, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Brad Niemcek, SSI.net, Inc.
Lynn Scott Pearson, Peoria County Board, Chairperson
Junius P. Rodriguez, Eureka College, Associate Professor of History


Plainfield

Jacqui Smalarz (2003)


Quincy

Jim Lenz, WQUB-FM, Operations Director
Claire L. Safford, League of Women Voters of Adams County, President


Rock Island

Dana Matson, Four Points Sheraton, Director of Sales (2003)


Rockford

Valeri DeCastris, Citizen's Utility Board, Vice President
Wray Howard, YMCA of Rock River Valley, President/CEO
Jim Jennings, Rockford Public Schools District #205
Ruth Miller, City of Rockford, Community Programs Coordinator
Peter Schultz, RAMP, Education & Advocacy Coordinator
James S. Waddell, AMCORE Financial, Inc., Executive Vice President & CEO


Springfield

Susan Baltusevich, Illinois Department of Transportation, Alcohol Program Coordinator
Steven Brubaker, Brubaker Public Relations, President
Robert E. Church, Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association, Executive Director

Jim Donelan, Township Officials of Illinois, Associate Director (2003)

Lisa Ellis, Illinois National Bank, Director of Marketing (2003)

William Chip Gass, Central Management Services, State of Illinois Recycle Coordinator (2003)
Jim Grimes, Capital Area Career Center, Communications Instructor/Radio-TV General Manager

Todd Hamerlinck, Raymond James Financial Services, Branch Manager (2003)

Linda Horner, Administrative Assistant (2003)

David E. Kennedy, Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois, Executive Director (2003)

Bruce Kinnett, Cook-Witter, Inc., Vice President (2003)
Jasen Lee, WMAY Radio, Radio News Reporter

Linda Lenzini, Marketing & Media Solutions (2003)
Rabbi Barry Marks, Temple Israel

Laura Richter, Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, Vice President of Communications (2003)

Don Schaefer, Mid-West Truckers Association, Executive Vice President (2003)

Kyle Simpson, University of Illinois at Springfield College Democrats, President (2006)

Rebecca A. Stare, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Director of Marketing (2003)

Robert D. Steere, Steere Law Offices, P.C., President (2003)

Randall Witter, Cook-Witter, Inc., President (2003)

Sandra Wulf (2003)


Yorkville

Kay Hatcher, Candidate for Illinois' 50th House District (Republican) (2008)


Others

Nathan Atkinson, The Reagan Review (2005)

Michael Clancy, Phoenix, Arizona (2006)

Jarrod Dornfeld, The Reagan Review (2005)

Jeff Isbell, The Reagan Review (2005)

Peter Jones, Boston, Massachusetts (2006)

Krystle Russin, The Reagan Review (2005)


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Organizations


AFSCME Council 31, Chicago

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Citizen Action - Illinois

Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois (CECI)

Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities

Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C., Springfield (2001)

Illinois AFL-CIO

Illinois Automobile Dealers Association

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

Illinois Fraternal Order of Police

Illinois Municipal League

Illinois Press Association

Illinois Public Interest Research Group (Illinois PIRG)

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)

League of Women Voters of Illinois

Northeastern Illinois Chapter of the Americans for Democratic Action (NEIL ADA)

Principia College

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State and Federal Officials


 

United States Congressmen

Sen. Dick Durbin (2001)
Sen. Debbie Halverson (40th District)

Rep. Danny Davis (7th District)
Rep. Tim Johnson (15th District)
Rep. Ray LaHood (18th District) (2001)
Sen. Lisa Madigan (17th District)
Rep. Don Manzullo (16th District)
Rep. John Shimkus (20th District)


Constitutional Officers

“Providing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Illinois General Assembly, proceedings of the Illinois Supreme Court and activities of the executive branch will provide Illinoisans with a medium to view and understand the important work of state government and how it affects their everyday lives.”
Attorney General, Jim Ryan

 

“Legislative sessions, committee hearings and other forums would be presented as they occur-no editing, no sanitizing.”
State Treasurer, Judy Baar Topinka
 

 “The plan as proposed in your April 2001 Interim Report shows that the creation of an Illinois Channel could be done for a reasonable cost to the state.  I think this would be money well spent.”
Secretary of State, Jesse White (2001)


Illinois House of Representatives

 

“Be assured, I will remain supportive of these efforts.  I stand ready to work with the Governor, the other Legislative Leaders, and other interested parties to develop a comprehensive management and funding plan that responsibly serves the people of this state and makes the creation of a public affairs channel a reality.”
House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (22nd District) (2001)

Rep. Patti R. Bellock (81st District) (2001)
Rep. William “Bill” B. Black (105th District) (2001)
Rep. Mike Bost (115th District)
Rep. Dan Brady (88th District)
Rep. Dan Burke (23rd District)
Rep. Tom Cross (84th District) (2001)
Rep. Mary Lou Cowlishaw (41st District)
Rep. Maggie Crotty (35th District)
Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (25th District) (2001)
Rep. Julie Curry (101st District)
Rep. Thomas J. Dart (28th District) (2001)
Rep. James B. Durkin (44th District) (2001)
Rep. Judy Erwin (11th District) (2001)
Rep. Mary E. Flowers (21st District) (2001)
Rep. Gary Forby (117th District)
Rep. John A. Fritchey (33rd District) (2001)
Rep. Julie Hamos (18th District) (2001)
Rep. Charles Hartke (108th District)
Rep. Jay Hoffman (112nd District)
Rep. Howard Kenner (24th District)
Rep. Gwenn Klingler (100th District) (2001)
Rep. Ren¨Ĥe Kosel (38th District)
Rep. Lou Lang (16th District) (2001)

Rep. Eileen Lyons (82nd District) (2001)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (37th District)
Rep. Michael McAuliffe (14th District)
Rep. Jack McGuire (86th District) (2001)
Rep. Sidney Mathias (51st District)
Rep. Jim Meyer (82nd District)
Rep. Jerry Mitchell (73rd District)
Rep. Rosemary Mulligan (55th District) (2001)
Rep. Harold Murphy (30th District)
Rep. Harry Osterman (17th District)
Rep. Jeffrey M. Schoenberg (58th District) (2001)
Rep. George Scully (80th District)
Rep. Arthur Turner (9th District)
Rep. Ron Wait (68th District)
Rep. Rick Winkel (103rd District)
Rep. Dave Winters (69th District) (2001)
Rep. Karen Yarbrough (7th District)


Illinois Senate

Sen. Larry Bomke (50th District) (2001)
Sen. Kirk W. Dillard (41st District)
Sen. Adeline J. Geo-Karis (31st District) (2001)
Sen. Carl Hawkinson (47th District)
Sen. Chris Lauzen (21st District)
Sen. Terry Link (30th District)
Sen. Barack Obama (13th District) (2001)
Sen. Patrick O’Malley (18th District)
Sen. Larry Walsh (43rd District)
Sen. Patrick D. Welch (38th District) (2001)


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Communities

Altamont
Alton
Athens
Ashton
Atwood
Auburn
Bartlett
Beckemeyer
Bellwood (2001)
Belvidere
Benld
Benton
Bolingbrook
Bradley
Bunker Hill
Byron
Cambria
Carbon Cliff
Carbondale
Carol Stream
Carthage
Cerro Gordo
Clinton
Crestwood
Des Plaines
Dixon
East Dubuque
Forest Park
Fulton
Galena
Geneva
Genoa
Germantown
Girard
Glen Carbon
Godfrey
Hampton
Hanover Park
Harrisburg
Indian Head Park

Island Lake
Jacksonville
Johnston City
Kewanee
Kildeer
Lacon

LaGrange
Lansing
Lemont
Lemont
Lincolnwood
Lisle
Loves Park
Machesney Park
Madison
Marquette Heights
Maryville
McLeansboro
Millstadt
Minooka
Monee
Monmouth
Morris
Morton
Mounds
Murphysboro
Nauvoo
Newton
Niles
Norris City
North Aurora
North Barrington
Northbrook
Oak Brook

Oblong

Olympia Fields
Orion
Palatine
Palos Heights

Palos Hills
Peoria
Philo
Pleasant Hill
Pontoon Beach
Prophetstown
Prospect Heights
Red Bud
Riverdale
Rock Falls
Rockford
Rockton
Roodhouse

Round Lake Park
Schaumburg
Skokie
Somonauk
South Holland
Spring Valley
Stickney
Streamwood
Streator
Thomasboro
Trenton
Urbana
Vernon Hills
Villa Grove
Waterman
Waukegan
West Frankfort
West Peoria
West Salem
Westmont
Westville
Wilmette
Wilmington
Winchester
Woodridge
Wooleyville


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