FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 15, 2002

Contact: Jiffy Johnson, 206-6516

WUIS-WIPA to broadcast State of the State and Budget Address


SPRINGFIELD WUIS (91.9 Springfield) and WIPA (89.3 Pittsfield) will provide live coverage of Gov. George Ryan's Budget and State of the State Speech to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly, at the House chambers, beginning at noon on Wednesday, February 20. WUIS news director Rich Bradley and statehouse bureau chief Bill Wheelhouse will co-anchor the broadcast.

Governor Ryan will report to the legislators on the impact of declining revenues in the current state budget and how that will affect the budget plan for FY03, which begins July 1, 2002.

Legislative reaction from state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger (R-Elgin), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and from a representative from the Democratic Party will follow.

This broadcast will be distributed statewide via satellite to all Illinois Public Radio stations. For more information, call Jiffy Johnson at 206-6516.