Community Advisory Board Minutes - March 2018

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
March 2, 2018

11:30 AM Call to order
Welcome - Randy Eccles, GM/Publisher

Roll call


300 West Edwards Street, Springfield

  • Sean Crawford
  • Kathleen Dunn
  • Randy Eccles
  • Eric Hadley-Ives
  • Brad McMillan
  • Adam Porter
  • Megan Pressnall
  • Kent Redfield
  • Blake Roderick
  • Chuck Scholz
  • Dick Schuldt
  • Karen Witter
  • Deanie Brown

222 North LaSalle Street, Chicago (conference video)

  • John Carpenter
  • Robert Gallo
  • David Kohn
  • Laurence Msall
  • George Van Dusen


  • Cindy Canary


  • Nice Bogdanovich
  • Robert Christie
  • Jon Davis
  • Graham Grady
  • Bethany Jaeger
  • Alden Loury
  • David Racine
  • Corrine Wood


  1. The Nominating Committee (Megan Pressnall, Adam Porter, Randy Eccles [Rob Christie and Bethany Jaeger participated in the committee deliberations but we're absent from this meeting]) presented their report.  After brief discussion George Van Dusen motioned and David Kohn seconded to accept the committee's slate of William Holland, Mario Jimenez, Stephanie Rhodes, and Mia Woods to join the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board.
  2. The conversation of the board's role in financially supporting NPR Illinois' mission continued. After review an unrestricted board goal and a board match fund, two thoughts prevailed. One is to be sensitive to individual board members' giving capacity and the other to give NPR Illinois as much freedom as possible to use the resources. The board endorsed a goal of 100% participation in giving for the board. Nice Bogdanovich will get in touch with each board member to update them on their current support and allow them to make changes.
  3. Randy Eccles and Sean Crawford presented the editorial update. Coats2Coats recently completed a review of NPR Illinois' editorial operations. NPR Illinois will be completely integrating Illinois Issues into its planning process. Illinois Edition will not return as a daily program. The editorial mission of covering various beats with particular attention to government policy continues. The goal of story assignments is to identify the issues having the most impact on the quality of life in Illinois as the November election approaches.
  4. The engagement/development strategy parallels the editorial plan. The 2017 Illinois Issues Forums listening tour was a successful pilot and will be built on for 2018 again focusing on the issues having the most impact on the quality of life in Illinois as we enter the November elections. A statewide survey is being planned to help identify these issues. A civic education and media literacy initiative is being launched that will include evolving the Roster to be a more vital digital tool and classroom resource (several members indicated a desire to have a print version of the Roster continued).  A citizen journalism program will be piloted this summer starting with middle school students eventually expanding to high school students then adults. Bob Gallo suggested finding additional business sponsors to support these initiatives. Brad McMillan indicated Bradley University is interested in partnering on engagement activities. Deanie Brown noted that UIS also has strong engagement resources.
  5. A variety of story ideas were suggested by board members to Sean Crawford for consideration.

The next meeting will be in Chicago June 1, 2018, 11:30 AM.

The meeting adjourned just before 1:30 PM.