WSIU to Carry State of the Budget Speech

Feb 6, 2018

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 7, 2018

WSIU to Carry State of the Budget Speech on Wed, Feb 14
WSIU-TV & Radio to Air Speech Live at Noon

Contact: Jak Tichenor, Statehouse Correspondent and Illinois Lawmakers Host, (618) 453-4003,

Carbondale, Ill. – WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio, the public media stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will broadcast Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s annual State of the Budget Address to the Illinois General Assembly live at noon on Wednesday, February 14 on WSIU-TV 8.1, WUSI-TV 16.1, and WSIU Radio 91.9 FM, 90.3 FM & 88.9 FM. Live audio from the speech will also be available on

The broadcast will be presented as part of the statewide public television series Illinois Lawmakers. Series host Jak Tichenor, will anchor the program with veteran journalists Amanda Vinicky, correspondent for Chicago Tonight on WTTW Chicago, and Rich Miller, founder and publisher of the political newsletter Legislative leaders from both parties will offer their views on the Governor's proposed spending plan for the state's new fiscal year that begins on July first.

Governor Rauner is pledging to begin rolling back last year's income tax increase while presenting a balanced budget that increases funding to education - Jak Tichenor.

Stay tuned to WSIU or visit WSIU’s social media pages at,,, and for schedule updates.

About Illinois Lawmakers
Founded in 1986, Illinois Lawmakers is television’s longest running series providing coverage of the Illinois General Assembly. publisher Rich Miller and Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky are regular contributors to the series, as are legislative leaders, lawmakers, and policy analysts. 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 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.

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