Beatrice Bonner

Engagement & Membership Coordinator

Beatrice is the membership and engagment coordinator for NPR Illinois. 

Previously, she was the Leadership Lived student worker for NPR Illinois during the 2017-2018 school year. Beatrice completed the Capital Honors Scholars Program majoring in communications at UIS in 2018. 

Beatrice has acted as a multimedia consultant and co-host at Teen Talk Radio Theater in Chicago.  

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Speaker: Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Get ready to explore news, ideas, and what it means to be human through different events with us for a whole week!   

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The Springfield Muni 2019 season is approaching and auditions are happening soon. Auditioning can be a nerve wrecking process, but Craig McFarland ensures attending their 2019 Muni Audition workshop will help combat the nerves.

This year the Muni will host two audition workshops one at 10 a.m. for children and another at 1 p.m. for adults on Saturday February 16.

More information on the Springfield Muni’s 2019 season here.

http://www.toltoncatholic.org/biography-of-father-tolton/

February is Black History Month. African Americans everywhere are celebrated especially those who made a difference in society.  

Have you ever thought about the influential people we do not hear about?

Fr. Daren Zehnle a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, IL and pastor of St. Augustine Church in Ashland stopped by the studio to tell the story of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest in the United States of America. 

Austrian Organist Lukas Hasler and Mark Gifford Director of Music and Organist at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, sit down with Beatrice Bonner from Community Voices to announce the start of Lukas's United States tour. 

Event Date: February 5

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

Program: Student Union, University of Illinois at Springfield

Dinner:Student Union ,University of Illinois at Springfield

All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation.

Dr. Kari Wolf will  trace phases of opioid epidemics in the United States and around the world with a focus on the current epidemic.  She will highlight the role the medical community plays in the current epidemic. 

The number of news reporters has been declining for years – in print and broadcast, and markets of all sizes. One need only look at the Illinois State House Press Corps, whose numbers have dwindled from several dozen full-time, year-round reporters to a handful of credentialed journalists today, or the decreased size of local media news staff, to see the trend in our area.

What’s the impact on you - and the community? Research shows that fewer journalists mean less accountability of public officials. 

Prairie Heart Foundation’s fourth annual Prairie State of the Heart fund raiser is Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield, Illinois.  This exclusive event is a celebration of Prairie’s many local donors and the difference they have made in the fight against heart and vascular disease across Illinois. Donations to the Prairie Heart Institute Foundation benefit heart and vascular research, new technology, and patient access to care, as well as public and professional education programs.

Event Date: December 12

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

Program: Club Room , Hoogland Center for the Arts

Dinner:Club Room , Hoogland Center for the Arts

All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation.

The Muni recently announced the shows for their 2019 season. The season features a brand new show, a focus on children, and more. Muni Board Member, Craig McFarland stopped in the studio and gave more information on what is to come. 

Find more infromation about the Muni's 2019 season here.

Arriving at the Governor's Mansion
Lee Milner / NPR Illinois

FULL HOUSE MANSION!

The People's House is full Wednesday, November 28 as hundreds of NPR Illinois supporters gather to talk about public radio and see the renovated Governor's Mansion including holiday decorations and the Art of Illinois bicentennial exhibit.  Click the photo of the mansion (above) to start the slide show of the event.

See more of the art in the Governor's Mansion in this Rachel Otwell report from September 4, 2018.

Lee Milner

The midterm elections conclude November 6. Do you know what’s on your ballot? It's not a presidential election, so why does it even matter? What impact will your vote really have?

Sean Crawford and Jeremy Hobson share a laugh at the event September 10 on the Legacy Theatre stage.
Mike Taylor / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Here & Now anchor Jeremy Hobson joins NPR Illinois in Springfield to discuss his background in journalism and the upcoming state and national elections Monday, September 10t, 2018.  Hobson also participates in a question and answer session with the audience. 

After 10 other Seeking Solutions forums across the state, NPR Illinois and AARP are bringing the final forum to the Union League Club in Chicago, IL. Panelists will discuss the major issues of the 2018 gubernatorial election such as the struggles faced by higher education, a loss of population in the state, and the changing needs of the Illinois workforce. 

 

NPR Illinois News Director Sean Crawford moderated and the panel was: 

Audeince in ballroom at forum.
Randy Eccles / NPR Illinois

Economic growth, a changing workforce, and new innovations were discussed at the forum in Champaign. 


What is the lasting impact of the budget impasse on higher education? 

Are Illinois residents able to readily and fairly access healthcare and education? Is there equal opportunity for economic growth?

Explore these topics and more with NPR Illinois at the Election 2018: Seeking Solutions Forum in Carbondale, Illinois at The Varsity Center. The forum is August 30th with light refreshments being served at 5:30 PM and the discussion beginning at 6.

The panelists will be answering questions from the moderator and from the audience during the one-hour question and answer forum. 

Forum organizers on stage for photo
Lizzie Roehrs / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Panelists in Rockford discuss the challenges faced by small businesses - including economic growth and workforce needs. 

Panelists in Alton, Illinois discussed why Illinois residents may be looking to move to bordering states. 

Questions from the audience ranged from recreational cannabis to property taxes. 

NPR Illinois news director Sean Crawford moderated a panel including:

  • Nathan Grimm, managing editor of the Alton Telegraph
  • Sara McGibany, executive director of Alton Main Street and board member of Senior Services Plus
  • Susie Harris, East Alton regional director of Caritas Family Solutions

This forum series is sponsored by AARP. 

Community member comments.
Lizzie Roehrs / NPR Illinois

Panelists in Moline joined NPR Illinois for the Seeking Solutions forum exploring the issue of residents leaving the state to move elsewhere.

Panelists:

Panelists at the Peoria forum discussed Education issues in Illinois. 

Panelists: 

  • Pastor Marvin Hightower
  • Beth Crider
  • Professor Dean Cantu
  • Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

This forum series is sponsored by AARP. 

Holiday Specials
CREDIT CARTER STALEY / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

With the holidays around the corner, NPR Illinois will broadcast a couple December traditions listeners of the station will find familiar. 

Carter Staley / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS