Contact Terry Martin
February 6, 2003
LAUNCHES COVERAGE OF
- In partnership with the Medill School of Journalism at
the Illinois Channel has begun televised coverage of
congressional delegation in
"Until now, there was virtually no televised coverage of what
senators and congressmen were doing in
With the nation on the verge of war, with the congress debating tax
cuts, Social Security reform and reforming the nationís approach to national
security, we felt that was unacceptable," said Terry Martin, Executive
Director of the Illinois Channel.
Sen. Durbin addressing Illinois
citizens at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 30, 2003
Now, working with the Medill School of Journalismís Washington DC Bureau, the
Illinois Channel will provide specific coverage of
issues and congressional members. The first effort was a taping on January 30
of the weekly briefing by senators Durbin and Fitzgerald of Illinois citizens
This briefing came just two days after the Presidentís State of the
Union message, with the senators responding to questions concerning their
stance on tax cuts, healthcare and
"This is a tremendous opportunity to expose the citizens of
to what their lawmakers are doing in
Illinois Channel has more time to tell a story.
The graduate broadcast students from Medill in
are thrilled to be able to help tell those important stories," said Mary
Coffman, Washington Bureau Chief for Medill News Service.
Martin added, "Our Washington coverage will not only focus on our
congressional delegation, but will look to cover the governor and other state
officials as they journey to the nation's capital on official visits.
We will also cover those
who affect our understanding of public policy, whether they are journalists,
business leaders, or average citizens taking part in public demonstrations.
government is multi-layered, and this is part of the total coverage we look to
The Illinois Channel is an independent nonprofit
corporation formed to provide nonpartisan, gavel-to-gavel coverage of
state government and public affairs events taking place around the state.
At present, the Illinois Channel is airing in 13
communities* in about 325,000 cable households.
Communities continue to be added to our distribution list.