WSIU to Air Gov. Quinn's State of the State Address

Feb 4, 2013

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 4, 2013

Contact: Jak Tichenor, Senior Producer, WSIU Public Television, (618) 453-6187,

WSIU to Broadcast Live Coverage of Governor Quinn's State of the State Address

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University, will broadcast live coverage of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State Address to the Illinois General Assembly as part of the statewide public media series Illinois Lawmakers this Wednesday, February 6 from Noon-1pm.

The speech will air on WSIU's primary HD channels, WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1, with a repeat at 11pm on the same channels. Additional repeats will air on WSIU WORLD, channels 8.2 and 16.2, on Saturday, February 9 at 8am, Sunday, February 10 at 7pm, and Monday, February 11 at 7pm.

WSIU Public Radio also will carry the Governor's address live on February 6 at 12pm, with additional coverage provided that same day by the WSIU Radio news team during local breaks on All Things Considered, which airs from 3-6:30pm.

Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor will anchor the program, which will include bipartisan reaction to the Governor's speech and analysis from veteran Statehouse correspondents.

“Pension reform is at the top of the Governor's list of priorities this spring," Tichenor said. "We're dead last among the rest of the states when it comes to funding our public employee pension systems. Our credit rating has already been down-graded twice in recent weeks, and our $96-billlion in unfunded liability grows another $17-million per day until something is done, meaning more and more of the state budget must be spent on pensions instead of schools and social service programs."

The Governor is also expected to renew his call for banning assault rifles in the wake of the December 2012 Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre and escalating gun violence in the city of Chicago.

Illinois Lawmakers is also planning live coverage of the Governor's annual Budget Message on Wednesday, March 6 at noon. Stay tuned to WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio for details.

Since 1985, Illinois Lawmakers has provided in-depth coverage of the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide public television audience, making it the longest-running television series of its kind in the state. Illinois Lawmakers is a joint production of WSIU-TV Carbondale, WTVP-TV Peoria, and Illinois Public Media (WILL) Urbana-Champaign. Learn more online at

About WSIU

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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