Randy Eccles

General Manager/Publisher


Advisory Board, Ex-Officio Member

Randy became the NPR Illinois general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008.  With the 2014 merger with Illinois Issues magazine, Randy also began serving as publisher.

Randy finds the public media mission to serve the community a great honor, "The commitment to credible information is critical and refreshing, especially as the commercial journalism model has contracted."  Eccles confesses, "It's great to be a news junkie at one of Springfield's top news operations."

Randy previously worked at KTAR in Phoenix and WGN in Chicago.  A Chicago area native, Randy also served stints at student-run stations WHFH, WONC, and WUEV.

For major public media junkies, here's the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) President Pat Harrison appearing before the House Appropriations Committee - Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Scroll to the end to learn a lot about public broadcasting.

An article on the budget impasse's impact on Illinois public broadcasters from a trade journal.

Steven Spearie of the SJ-R talked with local public media managers about the potential impact of the Trump administration budget proposal.

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
March 3, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Suggs Performance Studio, NPR Illinois Studios
2340 Theodore Dreiser Lane, Springfield


Whitehouse with Indivisible program logo in front.

The, at least, octennial time of transition is upon us.  The first 100 days of a presidency may have decreased in productivity but they are still likely to see change from the previous administration (Julia Azari, A President's First 100 Days Really Do Matter, fivethirtyeight.com).  Already, the Trump administration is very active.

NPR Illinois is included in this look at the impact of the state budget impasse on charitable giving in the capital.

Julie Wurth reports on how the state budget impasse is looking inside UIUC.

What are you enjoying the most from new host, Chris Thile , on A Prairie Home Companion?

Newsletter article
Sangamon State University Newsletter / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

A few items in this Mission Control:

  • The first drive.  
  • Amanda Vinicky Moving to Chicago.  
  • Election 2016.  Explained.  
  • Past Due.  


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Category:  Academic Professional

Jake joined Karl Scroggin in studio just before he retired. Here's a more recent performance with Fred Child.

Carter Staley / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Job Details

Category:  Civil Service

Title:  Business Administrative Associate - NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Location:  Springfield

Close Date:  10/14/2016 - CLOSED


Job Details

Category: Academic Professional

Title: Visting NPR Illinois Multimedia Journalist/Morning Edition Anchor

Location: Springfield

Close Date: 10/31/2016

I noticed recently that Prairie Home Companion hasn't been showing up on Sunday afternoon. I wanted to check-in -- is that a permanent schedule change?

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
September 8, 2016, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Union League Club, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago

1.  Welcome.

2.  Introductions.

3.  Management Update.

a.  Budget

b.  Strategic Plan Evolution

c.  Advocacy Initiatives

4.  Editorial

a.  Top issues? – meeting state/community needs?

b.  Education

c.  Statehouse

d.  Ideas

5.  Advisory Board 

a.  CPB Requirements

b.  Board Expectations Review


6. New Business

This is from the June 28, 2016 Daily Show:

Look for the NPR Illinois appearance at :02:36.

Here at NPR Illinois, we've been concerned we might have to drop some programs due to the ongoing budget impasse.  

A friend told me the other night that over the past year he's discovered NPR while driving for Lyft. He said he didn't find it exciting at first but there was nothing better to listen to and now he loves it. Then he began revelling in all the NPR staff names he's learned. This is a similar process I experienced over a decade ago. We're sold quick excitement in media so often over context and community. Great radio is like making a new friend. It takes time to for this new acquaintance to evolve into a good companion. Public radio has the depth to make you want to spend more time with it. I'm glad I did. For my friend, here's a fun post from 2009 to discover your own NPR name. Comment here to share yours. P.S. Commenting for NPR Illinois Mission Control, I'm Srandy Kinsale.

It feels like Illinois is lost without a map these days.  The current quiet drive is trying to navigate the fog but has been slow moving as of late.  An additional $60,000 is needed to reach goal by next Tuesday (May 31).  If we're still short of our destination then, we'll go into OVERDRIVE June 1.  


  I am so appreciative for the Calendar Club members and other donors who support NPR Illinois.  I hear this sentiment from staff, members, and listeners.  It's what makes public radio special.

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Each year when NPR Illinois applies for its Corporation for Public Broadcasting  (CPB) Community Service Grant (CSG) certain qualifications must be met.  This grant is the federally appropriated dollars that public broadcasters can receive as dispersed by the independent CPB.  The CPB works diligently to make sure the stations are held to the highest community service standards and are operating effectively and efficiently.

Chassy’s payments stayed out of the public eye primarily through a mechanism under fire in states across the nation: The use of private university foundations to discreetly accept donations that would be public record if given directly to the university. In this case, it was the University of Illinois Foundation that administered the Monsanto payments. DISCLOSURE: The University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) administers the gift funds of NPR Illinois.

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
March 10, 2016, 3-5 PM
UIS, Public Affairs Center, Pearson Conference Room (PAC-563), Springfield

  1. Welcome.
  2. Introductions.
  3. Management Update.
    1. Budget
    2. Regional Journalism Collaborative
    3. McCormick Foundation Grant
    4. Education Advisory Convening
  4. Editorial
    1. Top issues? – meeting state/community needs?
    2. Ideas
  5. New Business
  6. Next Meeting Confirmation -  June 9, 2016, 3-5 PM, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Chicago

Thanks to all who took the time to participate in the NPR Illinois Advisory Convening.  K-12 funding was the main topic the group discussed.  Listen to the unedited, raw audio to hear how it progressed.  It has been posted in two parts to make file size manageable.  View the slide show of the participants above.

If you didn't listen to the latest episode Ira & company have produced, this is powerful. Not for children.

Bill Wheelhouse is retiring after over 20 years at NPR Illinois. 

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NPR | Illinois Public Radio has been fortunate to be supported by listeners over the years enabling us to develop comprehensive converage of state government and politics.  Now NPR Illinois will grow further with the launch of a collaboration with other Illinois public media to increase coverage of education,  health/environment, and government. 

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
December 10, 2015, 2:30-4:30 PM
UIS, Public Affairs Center, Conference Room E, Springfield