At Issue 2008-2009 Season

 

WTVP’s ongoing, locally produced public affairs program. Hosted by series producer H Wayne Wilson, this weekly show provides an in-depth, up-to-the-minute exploration of issues that are important to the people of Central Illinois. One week might feature a look at educational initiatives, another might focus on community issues, while still another might give viewers a chance to ask questions of our elected officials.

All AT ISSUE programs provide vital information to our viewers—from efforts to revitalize neighborhoods to joint cooperation between governmental units to riverfront development on both sides of the Illinois River. AT ISSUE is just one more way that WTVP 47 serves you through public television.

 

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#2125 "Peoria and Normal School Districts" Play Video

Peoria and Normal School Districts

Episode #2125

Program Air Date: 04/30/2009

 

An interview with Ken Hinton, superintendent of
Peoria District 150, and Gary Niehaus, superintendent
of Normal Unit 5.

Guest(s):

  • Dr. Gary Niehaus - Unit 5 Superintendent

  • Ken Hinton - District 150 Superintendent


#2124 "Higher Education" Play Video

Higher Education

Episode #2124

Program Air Date: 04/16/2009

 

An interview with Judy Erwin, executive director of
the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

 

Guest(s):

  • Judy Erwin - Illinois Board of Higher Education Executive Director


#2123 "New State Natural Resources Director" Play Video

New State Natural Resources Director

Episode #2123

Program Air Date: 04/09/2009

 

An interview with Marc Miller, the new director of
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

Guest(s):

  • Marc Miller - Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director


#2122 "Consolidation of WHOI/WEEK news and A New Option for the Journal Star" Play Video

Consolidation of WHOI/WEEK news and A New Option for the Journal Star

Episode #2122

Program Air Date: 04/02/2009

 

A look in changes in news at WEEK/WHOI and a new
option for The Journal Star.

 

Guest(s):

  • Jennifer Towery - President, Peoria Newspaper Guild

  • Jack Brimeyer - Retired Managing Editor, Journal Star

  • Mark DeSantis - WEEK-TV Presidnet & General Manager


#2220 "Riverfront Museum Sales Tax Referendum" Play Video

Riverfront Museum Sales Tax Referendum

Episode #2120

Program Air Date: 03/19/2009

A look at the April 7 sales tax referendum to help
fund the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

 

Guest(s):

  • Brad McMillan - Museum Collaboration Group

  • C. J. Summers - Citizens for Responsible Spending


#2121 "Bloomington Mayoral Race" Play Video

Bloomington Mayoral Race

Episode #2121

Program Air Date: 03/26/2009

 

A talk with the three candidates for Bloomington Mayor
in the April 7 election.
 

Guest(s):

  • Steve Stockton - Bloomington Mayoral Candidate

  • Eric DeCossas - Bloomington Mayoral Candidate

  • Tari Renner - Bloomington Mayoral Candidate


#2119 Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Play Video

Political and Campaign Reform in Illinois

Episode #2119

Program Air Date: 02/19/2009

 

A look at political and campaign reform in Illinois with David Morrison, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform; Bob Rich, University of Illinois Institute for Government and Public Affairs; and Kent Redfield, University of Illinois-Springfield Political Science Professor.

 

Guest(s):

  • David Morrison - Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

  • Bob Rich - U of I Institute for Government and Public Affairs

  • Kent Redfield - U of I-Springfield Political Science Professor



#2118 Early Childhood Education Play Video

Early Childhood Education

Episode #2118

Program Air Date: 02/05/2009

 

A look at ways to prepare children for school.

Guest(s):

  • Sheila Diaz - McLean County Regional Office of Education

  • Dr. Judy Harris Helm - Education Consultant, Best Practices, Inc.

  • Farrell Davies - Heartland Community Health Clinic

  • Mary Keltner - Lead Teacher, District 150 Riverview Gardens Child and Family Development Center



#2117  The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - Business Play Video

The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - Business

Episode #2117

Program Air Date: 01/29/2009

 

A look at the impact of the economy on business.

Guest(s):

  • Dan Daly - Busey Bank Regional President

  • Dan Silverthorn - West Central Illinois Building Trades Exec. Dir.

  • Gary Koppenhaver - ISU Finance Dept. Chair



#2116  The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - The City of Pontiac Play Video

The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - The City of Pontiac

Episode #2116

Program Air Date: 01/22/2009

 

A look at the impact of the economy on one Central Illinois community .

Guest(s):

  • Scott McCoy - Pontiac Mayor

  • Stephanie DeLong - co-owner of DeLong's Casual Dining in Pontiac

  • Joan Bullard - Realtor



#2115  The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - The Poor Play Video

The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - The Poor

Episode #2115

Program Air Date: 01/15/2009

 

A look at the impact of the economy on the poor.

Guest(s):

  • Rich Draeger - The Salvation Army Assistant Development Director

  • Mary Ann Pullin - Home Sweet Home Mission CEO

  • Phil Newton - Southside Mission Executive Director

  • Chuck & Nadine Palmer  - Senior Citizens


#2114  "The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - Minority Business Play Video

The Economy’s Impact on Central Illinois - Minority Business

Episode #2114

Program Air Date: 01/08/2009

 

A look at the impact of the economy on minority business.

Guest(s):

  • Rev. James Offutt - President, Peoria Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Chuck Brown - Brown Publishing

  • Larry Ivory - President, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Clyde Gulley - Co-Owner, Rock Solid


#2113  "Illinois' Political Future" Play Video

Illinois' Political Future - Special Episode

Episode #2113

Program Air Date: 12/18/2008 at 9:00pm

Guest(s):


#2112 "Central Illinois' New Congressman" Play Video

Central Illinois' New Congressman

Episode #2112

Program Air Date: 12/18/2008 at 8:30pm

A visit with the nation's youngest Congressman-to-be and a look at the areas where he thinks he can have an impact.

Guest:

  • Aaron Schock - (R), Congressman-elect


Congressman Ray LaHood—A Live Call-In

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Congressman Ray LaHood—A Live Call-In (1 hour)

Episode #2111

Program Air Date: 12/11/2008

A one-hour call-in special with Congressman Ray LaHood, who’s retiring after 14 years in Congress.

Scheduled Guest(s):

  • Ray Lahood - (R), Congressman


#2110 "The Future of Illinois Coal" Play Video

The Future of Illinois Coal

Episode #2110

Program Air Date: 11/27/2008

 

With nearly two-thirds of the state having coal reserves, what is the future of Illinois coal? Is CO2 sequestration part of the answer? Tonight’s guests will come from the State Geological Survey, State Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the SIU Coal Research Center.

Scheduled Guest(s):

  • Jon Mead, SIU Coal Research Center

  • Rob Finley, Illinois State Geological Survey

  • Bill Hoback, Ill. Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity


#2109 "Hotel Growth in Peoria" Play Video

Hotel Growth in Peoria

Episode #2109

Program Air Date: 11/20/2008

 

A look at the role for both downtown and outlying hotels in relationship to the Peoria Civic Center. Guests include Mark Twain Hotel Owner Bud Grieves, Civic Center Authority Chair Peter Couri, The Ramada Co-owner Bill Fady, and Peoria Economic Development Director Craig Hullinger.

Program Guest(s):

  • Bud Grieves, Mark Twain Hotel Owner

  • Peter Couri, Civic Center Authority Chair

  • Bill Fady, The Ramada Co-owner

  • Craig Hullinger, Peoria Economic Development Director


#2108 "Funding Peoria's Downtown Museum" Play Video

Funding Peoria's Downtown Museum

Episode #2108

Program Air Date: 11/13/2008

 

A look at funding Peoria’s Downtown Museum with special guests including Brad McMillan, Museum Collaboration Group Co-chair, and Michael Bryant, CEO Roundtable Chair.

Program Guest(s):

  • Brad McMillan, Museum Collaboration Group Co-chair

  • Michael Bryant, CEO Roundtable Chair

  • Mark Johnson, Caterpillar Project Manager


#2107 "Re-defining Peoria Manual High School" Play Video

Re-defining Peoria Manual High School

Episode #2107

Program Air Date: 11/6/2008

 

Peoria Manual High School is re-defining itself in the wake of No Child Left Behind requirements, and At Issue looks at how the school is becoming a community center now serving 7th through 12th grade students.

Program Guest(s):

  • Sharon Desmoulin, Manual H. S. Principal

  • Taunya Jenkins, Manual H. S. Asst. Principal

  • Valeria Pierce, Manual H. S. Academy Leader

  • Betty Zilkowski, Manual H. S. Academy Leader


#2106 "92nd Illinois House Race" Play Video

92nd Illinois House Race

Episode #2106

Program Air Date: 10/30/2008

Interviews with Joan Krupa (R) and Jehan Gordon (D) candidates for the Illinois 92nd District House Seat.

Program Guest(s):

  • Jehan Gordon, (D) 92nd Illinois House Candidate

  • Joan Krupa, (R) 92nd Illinois House Candidate


#2105 "Peoria County State’s Attorney Race" Play Video

Peoria County State’s Attorney Race

Episode #2105

Program Air Date: 10/23/2008

Interviews with Darin LaHood (R) and Kevin Lyons (D) candidates for the Peoria County States Attorney.

Program Guest(s):

  • Darin LaHood, (D) Peoria County State's Attorney Candidate

  • Kevin Lyons, (R) Peoria County State's Attorney Candidate


#2104 & #2105 - 18th Congressional District Race

Episode #2103 (part 1 of 2)

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Episode #2104 (part 2 of 2)

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At Issue—18th Congressional District Race (Part 1)

Episode #2103

Program Air Date: 10/09/2008

 

At Issue—18th Congressional District Race (Part 2)

Episode #2104

Program Air Date: 10/16/2008

 

Both episodes were videotape on 10/3/2008.

A discussion with two of the 18th Congressional candidates—Democrat Colleen Callahan and Green Party candidate Sheldon Schafer. (Republican Aaron Schock declined the invitation to participate.)

Program Guest(s):

  • Colleen Callahan, (D) Congressional Candidate

  • Sheldon Schafer, (Green) Congressional Candidate


#2102 - Peoria City Issues Play Video

Peoria City Issues

Episode #2102

Program Air Date: 9/25/2008

A look at city-wide issues with Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Peoria Public Works Director Dave Barber, and ELM Investment CEO Lee Graves.

Program Guest(s):

  • Jim Ardis, Mayor of Peoria

  • Dave Barber, Peoria Public Works Dir.

  • Lee Graves, ELM Investment CEO


#2101 - Springfield Roits of 1908 & Bith of the NAACP

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Springfield Riots of 1908 & Birth of the NAACP

Episode #2101

Air Date: 9/18/2008

One hundred years ago, the race riots in Springfield in August 1908 became the catalyst for the formation of the NAACP in January 1909. At Issue will launch its new fall season on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. with a discussion on why this particular riot—in the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves—was instrumental in the birth of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Program Guests:

  • Kathryn Harris, Library Services Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

  • Ronald Swan, ISU Police Chief


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