Public Invited to State Budget Forum on Thursday, October 26 at SIU

Oct 23, 2017

Credit NPR Illinois/WUIS Springfield

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 23, 2017

WSIU Radio, NPR Illinois, and AARP to Host State Budget Forum at SIU This Thursday, October 26

Contact: Jennifer Fuller, Associate Director, News & Public Affairs, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-6245,

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU Public Radio, a public media service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has partnered with NPR Illinois/WUIS Springfield and AARP Illinois to host a State Budget Forum this Thursday, October 26 from 6-7:30pm at the SIU Carbondale Student Center, Ballroom B, located at 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30pm.

The forum will closely examine the two-year long state budget impasse, its impact on the Southern Illinois community, and the financial future of Illinois. Sean Crawford, News Editor and Operations Manager for NPR Illinois/WUIS Springfield, will serve as moderator. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts, share how they have been impacted, or to simply listen and learn.

Panel guests include: Brent Clark, Director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators; Sherrie Crabb, Director of Family Counseling Center, Inc.; Marleen Shepherd, Communications Director for the Sparrow Coalition; Connie Favreau, Director of Project Development at Shawnee Health Service; and Jak Tichenor, Interim Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to register online at Questions about the event should be directed to the WSIU Radio newsroom at (618) 453-6101.

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

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.

About NPR Illinois/WUIS Springfield

NPR Illinois/WUIS Springfield delivers in-depth multimedia news reports, expert analysis on statewide issues, plus informative engagement events – all upholding the philosophy and integrity of public journalism. NPR Illinois’ programs and storytelling reflect the quality of life across Illinois in context with the nation and the world.

About AARP

The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.

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