January 2000, the University of Illinois at Springfield began a
comprehensive study to determine the challenges and solutions in
establishing a statewide public affairs television network.
study was funded by The Joyce Foundation and The John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and ended in December 2002.
Illinois Channel began operations as an independent, nonprofit
Affairs programming on the Illinois Channel includes:
coverage of legislative committee hearings
coverage of the executive and judicial branches of state government
policy events taking place across Illinois
fully funded, citizens across the state could watch as their state
government acts on the issues of interest from managed care reform
to education funding and from license plate and ATM fees to
can see and hear the speakers, national leaders, and authors who
appear on state university campuses.
channel will give teachers access to programs on state government
and public affairs issues for their classrooms.
and consumer groups could follow legislative and regulatory action
on a variety of issues: transportation...taxes...business
Vice-Chair Comments on the Illinois Channel: