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WATCH-LISTEN: State Budget Forum - Bloomington-Normal

NPR Illinois and WGLT host the sixth Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse. 

The forum focuses on how the impasse affects the Bloomington-Normal community and the future fiscal health of Illinois. Support for this series is provided by AARP. 

The forum is moderated by WGLT News Director, Charlie Schlenker and the panel includes:

  • Laura Furlong - CEO, Marcfirst
  • Cheryl Gaines - CEO, Collaborative Solutions Institute
  • Vicki Hightower - Vice President for Adult Services, YWCA McLean County
  • Mark Jontry - Regional Superintendent of Schools
  • Mark Peterson - City Manager, Town of Normal
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Nice earned her B.A in Communications from UIS. She has been creating measurable results in managing corporate communications, fundraising, advertising, external affairs, community relations, government relations, marketing and media for over 15 years.
WGLT Assistant News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.
Carter was the digital engagement producer at NPR Illinois 2017-2018. He graduated from the Capital Scholars Honors with a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
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