Randy Eccles



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.

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

You've likely noticed something different on-air, recently.  Or seen it here at WUIS.ORG.  A new way of referring to WUIS... NPR Illinois.  That's the shorthand for NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS.


Join NPR Illinois listeners, staff, board, and donors December 10, 4:30-7:30 PM for our Holiday Thank You Fest.

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WUIS / Illinois Issues Advisory Board Meeting
September 10, 2015, 3-5 PM
Union League Club, Chicago

  1. Welcome.
  2. Introductions.
  3. Management Update.
    1. Merger progress.
    2. Illinois state budget effect.
  4. Bylaws vote.
  5. Board Role:  What do we want to be? (Strategy counsel, advocates, funding conduit).
  6. Editorial.
    1. Top issues? – meeting state/community needs?
    2. Ideas.
  7. Committee reports
  8. New Business

Illinois Issues is going digital.  Digital only.  Well, digital and broadcast.  Which means August will be the last printed magazine version of Illinois Issues.

Last week I alluded to the responses WUIS has received since announcing program cuts and promised to share the drift of their content.  Some of the following comments stand on their own, for other thoughts, I provide an explanation.

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Kalman Zabarsky / Boston University Photography

Recent program cuts necessitate the movement of some programs to replace what was broadcast.  Additionally, the listener survey indicates some programs may benefit from new time slots. 

I spoke with Chris Dettro about WUIS ending its affiliation with Public Radio International (PRI) to deal with state budget uncertainty. Here's the link.

Significant budget cuts are being made at WUIS / Illinois Issues to best steward us through the uncertain state budget process.  WUIS is ending our affiliation with Public Radio International (PRI).  Unfortunately, this means the following programs will not be broadcast by WUIS come July: 

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MISSION:  NPR Illinois explains Illinois. 

We deliver in-depth multimedia news reports, expert analysis on statewide issues, plus informative engagement events -- all upholding the philosophy and integrity of public journalism.  

Our programs and storytelling reflect the quality of life across Illinois in context with the nation and the world.

A high school friend works in DC and worked for Hastert. Here's his reaction.

WGN broadcasting live from the WUIS/IPR Illinois State Capitol bureau for the scheduled adjournment day of the state legislature. Rick Pearson invited Amanda Vinicky to co-host .

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mattpenning.com 2014 / WUIS/Illinois Issues


A G E N D A 

  1. Welcome
  2. Introductions
  3. Bylaws/Merger - Quorum Votes
  4. Resignations/Emeritus
    1. Valerie Denny (R --> E)
    2. Jeff Mays (R --> E)
  5. Story Ideas
  6. 40th Gala planning
  7. Committee reports
  8. Management Update
  9. New Business

Bernie Schoenberg came by the studios to discuss the combination of WUIS Public Radio and Illinois Issues magazine. Here's a link to the story.

What would our cities look like if wealth was represented by the height of buildings? Here's Chicago...

Governing magazine looks at advocacy and journalism with a focus on Illinois (includes a picture of Amanda Vinicky at work in the WUIS/Illinois Issues statehouse bureau).

WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief joined the Takeaway's John Hockenberry to discuss the close Illinois Gubernatorial election.

A recent story about the combination of WUIS and Illinois Issues...

John Wallenstein passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014. John made a huge impact on WUIS with his quiet leadership and by explaining to his extensive contacts in the business community how supporting WUIS' mission to inform the community also benefited their business. John was proud to be the force behind making the Education Initiative possible. He raised funds for it over the past two years and headed the search committee to find the first multmedia journalist to head the education desk. Our thoughts and gratitude are with John's wife, Gracia, and their family. Arrangements pending. WUIS staff and partners know John best from his time at the radio station over the past decade. The SJ-R's Jim Ruppert shares another aspect of John's life...

Baseball Brother

Aug 8, 2014

Late WUIS staff member John Wallenstein is remembered by his brother Roger Wallenstein in this blog post that is part of his regular beat The White Sox Report.

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Join WUIS in an important community conversation at the first 

May 2, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.
Hoogland Center for the Arts - Theatre III

Special guest, Chris Farrell, is coming to Springfield to share his thoughts and take your questions about education and our local economy.   

The Return of the Mug

Apr 13, 2014
Dan LoGrasso / NPR | Illinois Public Radio

The spring 2014 drive marks the return of the mug!  Increase your Calendar Club monthly commitment by $5+ or start one or make a $60+ single gift and you'll be sent the new mug.