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Community Advisory Board Bylaws

MISSION:  NPR Illinois explains Illinois. 

We deliver in-depth multimedia news reports, expert analysis on statewide issues, plus informative engagement events -- all upholding the philosophy and integrity of public journalism.  

Our programs and storytelling reflect the quality of life across Illinois in context with the nation and the world.

The NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board, hereafter known as the Board, is established to advance and support the mission of public journalism by:

  1. Reviewing the editorial goals established and suggesting ways staff can improve content.  The content is the responsibility of the staff.
  2. Reviewing the effect on communities of the significant policy decisions NPR Illinois rendered and providing advice on how to strengthen ties with these communities.
  3. Facilitating sustainability through fundraising, memberships, underwriting, grants and contracts.
  4. Serving as ambassadors on our behalf at the local, state, and federal levels.

 The Board has no authority to exercise control over daily management or operations.  The governing body is the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

The Board shall consist of no fewer than 18 and no more than 27 persons.  Composition of the Board will be reasonably representative of the diverse needs and interests of the communities served

Members of the Board shall be appointed by Board vote after nomination by the Board nominating committee.

Additional ex-officio members of the Board are the:

  • General Manager
  • Director of Editorial
  • Director of Fundraising Development
  • Executive Director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS
  • Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at UIUC
  • UIS Chancellor
  • University of Illinois President


  1. Appointment to the Board shall be for three-year terms.  Appointments are made annually.  Terms end on June 30.  Ideally, one third of the members shall be appointed each year.  Members may not serve more than three consecutive terms.  Emeritus, non-voting membership may be maintained with the mutual agreement of the Board and emeritus member.  Members must be donors.
  2. Vacancies that occur shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment to complete the term.
  3. The Board, by a majority vote of all members, may terminate for cause the appointment of a Board member. 

A majority of all members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.  Electronic attendance counts toward the quorum.  If a quorum is not present, a majority email vote after the meeting will suffice.  When a quorum exists, measures will be approved by a majority of those voting. 

The Board will establish and follow its own schedule and agenda and shall meet quarterly.  Additional meetings may be scheduled at the call of the Chair.  Meetings of the Board must be open to the public and publicized at least seven days in advance. 

Officers of the Board are a Chair and Vice-Chair, elected for one-year terms by the Board at the final scheduled meeting of each calendar year.  The development director shall serve as recorder.  The Vice-Chair shall preside in the absence of the Chair.  In the event of a vacancy in the Vice-Chair, a new Vice-Chair shall be elected by the Board.

The Chair appoints all committees.  The Board shall establish, on an annual basis, such standing and special committees as are needed to carry out responsibilities.  There are two standing committees:

  1. The Executive Committee – Chair, Vice-Chair, GM/Publisher and one other member named by the Chair.  The GM/Publisher prepares the agenda for Board meetings, and this committee handles board matters as designated by the Chair.
  2. The Nominating Committee – consists of four or more members, responsible for nominating new members and the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board.  This committee will maintain a list of potential members, contact persons on the list to determine willingness to serve, then submit to Board for approval.

Compliance with the CPB advisory board grant requirement shall be posted on the website and indicate:

  1. The existence of a community advisory board through the posting of these bylaws detailing the mechanism used to determine its composition, organization, the role that it plays with respect to NPR Illinois, and its position relative to the organization.
  2. The schedule of meetings.
  3. The Board members.
  4. Attendance records.
  5. Editorial and engagement report.

The bylaws of the Board may be amended by a two thirds vote of all members of the Board.


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