NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
March 10, 2016
- Chuck Scholz, Chair
- Deanie Brown
- Sean Crawford
- Jamey Dunn
- Kathleen Dunn
- Randy Eccles
- Bethany Jaeger
- Rachel Lattimore
- David Racine
- Kent Redfield
- Dick Schuldt
- Karen Witter
- Cindy Canary
- Robert Christie
- Dave Kohn
- Diane Lopez Hughes
- Chris Mooney
- Blake Roderick
- Corinne Wood
3 PM Call to order
Welcome - Randy Eccles
Budget Impasse - No appropriation at the time of the meeting, with no clear plan.
- NPR Illinois could see zero funding (with any higher education funding going to core programs).
- Audience Survey indicated 6-8 items most likely to be cut (all these cuts could realize up to $100,000 in savings):
- RIS (Reader Information Service)
- Car Talk
- Prairie Home Companion
- APM (American Public Media programs)
- HD Broadcast
- Classical stream
- NPR Illinois will move forward with key initiatives.
- Art Council grant (prior $17,000) was not renewed (the station continues to run the funding credits from the previous grant cycle).
Regional Journalism Collaborative (RJC) Update
- CPB funding program for the RJC – Urbana is the lead station.
- Participating stations: Urbana, Springfield, Macomb, Carbondale (may change due to the budget impasse).
- McCormick Foundation was approached in February to help fund the CPB grant with resources to hire one full time person for engagement, and one graduate student to assist.
- Engagement activities include two approaches:
- Follow high school graduates as they vote for the first time.
- Civic education provided to middle school students.
- Illinois Issues is being considered as a platform for the collaborative (no final decision yet).
Local Content - New and Expanded Programs
- Adding a new program: The 21st (produced at WILL/Illinois Public Media) – will be a weekly program.
- Expanding Illinois Edition and will have ready for state-wide distribution. WILL/Illinois Public Media will begin running the program beginning May 2nd.
Education Desk Engagement Activity
- Moderated event was held in Suggs Studio on March 2, 2016.
- Invited and included a variety of education leadership.
- Top Issues for the state:
- Funding higher education.
- Funding formula & equity (how funding impacts communities).
- Sean Crawford moderated the event.
University of Illinois Strategic Plan Discussion
- Meetings have been held on the three campuses to solicit ideas.
- Draft plan has been completed.
- Discussion returned to budget issues surrounding higher education.
UIS Center for State Policy & Leadership Annual Report
- Concern over the budget and there is no one single solution.
- Discussion of a letter of support from the board. It was suggested a joint statement of support for the entire board would be helpful. Bethany will draft a letter.
- Letter will be reviewed by all and sent to the Chancellor to show our value and the impact we make (financial, reach, regional-central IL, donors, students, community and state leaders).
Round Table Discussion and Story Ideas
- Higher education reform – Il does not have the power for reform (like New York and their in-tact state-wide system).
- What is happening to private schools in Illinois (Monmouth, Knox College, and others)?
- Tier pension system for teachers (6 years into tier 2), looks like a horrible system for teachers.
- Role of education with K-12 charter schools.
- Role of community colleges for the most vulnerable students.
- Survey for bi-centennial activities in Illinois, what has been done to develop these possibilities. Has a bi-centennial group been appointed and what is happening?
- How does a brokered convention work & the impact of the Electoral College. What is a super delegate? What is the delegate proportions in Illinois? How to understand the rules? Vermont Public Radio did a nice piece on caucuses, might look to that for ideas.
- Redistricting – what are the totals and what does the map look like.
- How is state tourism being impacted by the budget impasse (Governor’s conference on tourism is coming up).
- Impact on social service agencies and the long-term impact on those seeking services in Illinois.
- How is the budget affecting hospitals in Illinois and what is the long-term impact.
- June 9, 2016 conference call.