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Text Box: Unedited, Nonpartisan Coverage Of Illinois State Government & Public Affairs     www.illinoischannel.org

 

Illinois Channel Board Expands With New Members Distinguished

In Government, Business, and Communications

 

March 3, 2005  ?                                                    Contact:             Terry Martin

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At its annual meeting on February 24, 2005, the Illinois Channel Board of Directors elected three new members: Adlai Stevenson III of Chicago, Former U.S. Senator; Jeff Mays of Quincy, Former State Representative and Current President of the Illinois Business Roundtable; and Gregg Durham of Springfield, Former Press Secretary to State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and Former Spokesperson for the House Republican Caucus.?The new members?tenures begin immediately.

 

ADLAI STEVENSON III

Upon joining the Board, Former Senator Adlai Stevenson said, “I am pleased to serve on the Board of the Illinois Channel and hope I can be of service to its worthy cause and ambitious plans.?The consolidation and trivialization of commercial media is cutting Americans off from community and their roots.?The Illinois Channel can help the people of Illinois, a microcosm of America, maintain ties with one another, their past, and their government which is their only collective way of acting to protect their future.?lt;/span>

 

Stevenson has held a long and distinguished career in politics.?In 1964, he was elected as an Illinois State Representative (1965-1967).?He then served as Illinois State Treasurer from (1967-1970).?When U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) died in office in 1969, Stevenson was elected in a special election to fill Dirksen’s unexpired term.?He was re-elected to the seat in 1974, serving in the U.S. Senate from 1970 to 1981.?Senator Stevenson ran for Governor of Illinois in 1982 and 1986, but lost both elections to James R. Thompson.?Stevenson is currently Chairman of SC&M Investment Management Corporation, an international investment banking firm.?

 

JEFF MAYS

Jeff Mays, who brings to the Illinois Channel Board experience both in business and government, said he wished to help build the future of the Illinois Channel based upon its track record of connecting citizens to the issues affecting their lives.?He said, “Through the Illinois Channel, viewers get depth and diverse insights on the big issues confronting our state.?lt;/span>

 

Mays has been President of the Illinois Business Roundtable since 1998.?Prior to this position, he served as Executive Vice President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce.?Mays also served five terms in the Illinois General Assembly, representing a large portion of West Central Illinois.?As State Representative, he was the Minority Spokesman of the House Appropriations Committee and served on the House Labor and Commerce Committee, the Executive Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Select Committee on Veterans Affairs.

 

GREGG DURHAM

Gregg Durham brings the Illinois Channel Board a wealth of experience from years of service in state government in which he dealt with the very issue at the heart of the Illinois Channel mission to communicate government policy to citizens.?“I’ve enjoyed watching the Illinois Channel grow into an important public affairs cable network for our state,?he said, adding, “I look forward to joining the Board in continuing the network’s growth and acceptance.?lt;/span>