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WUIS special programming helps citizens keep in touch with government

January 13, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Public radio WUIS 91.9 (Springfield) and WIPA 89.3 (Pittsfield) will air live speeches by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and President George W. Bush, as well as debates between U.S. senatorial candidates, during January and February.

Illinois State of the State Address, Thursday, January 15, beginning at noon
Gov. Blagojevich's address to the legislature will be broadcast live in its entirety, complete with reaction and analysis by the WUIS Statehouse bureau and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

State of the Union Address, Tuesday, January 20, beginning at 8 p.m.
President Bush's address to the nation will be broadcast live in its entirety. WUIS' broadcast will be hosted by NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea.

Senatorial Debates, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 3 and 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Every candidate for the U.S. Senate registered in the Illinois primary is scheduled to participate in these live radio debates hosted by Illinois Public Radio, Chicago Public Radio, and the Chicago Daily Herald. Republicans will debate on February 3 and Democrats on February 4. Panelists will be Bill Wheelhouse, WUIS Statehouse bureau chief; Carlos Hernandez Gomez, WBEZ FM; and Eric Krol, Herald Tribune. Listeners can submit questions for the candidates in advance by e-mail at wuis@uis.edu, no later than February 2. Host Steve Edwards will read the selected questions on air, mentioning the questioner's name and his or her home station.

Illinois Budget Address, Wednesday, February 18, beginning at noon
Gov. Blagojevich will propose his budget for FY05 to the legislature, and WUIS will carry the address live in its entirety, complete with analysis by the WUIS Statehouse bureau and political scientists from the faculty of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

WUIS-WIPA is a listener-supported broadcast service of UIS. For more information on upcoming programs, visit www.wuis.org.

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