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.  

Ways to Connect

Ben Belzer

Ben Belzer stopped by the studio awhile ago, to talk about his original tragicomedy 'Blurred Lines'. While last time focused on auditions and the main premise of the show, this time Ben introduced the shows sponsor and why it was important for them to work together.

Seeing untold stories come alive is a benefit of enjoying live theater. One of these untold stories will be showcased in 'Memphis the Musical' at The Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Wizard of Oz

The Springfield Muni has reached its fourth and final show in their 2019 season, 'The Wizard of Oz'. 

Tiny Desk Concert Illinois Lineup
Tamarra Newbern / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Watch and Listen to Tiny Desk Illinois held during NPR Illinois Public Radio Week 2019.

Theater is one way for people to get across many lessons and topics. Ben Belzer stopped by the studio to talk about his original tragicomedy 'Blurred Lines' and what he's hoping audiences learn.

Watch Scott Simon - the Peabody Award-winning correspondent and host of NPR's Weekend Edition at Gala Dinner during NPR Illinois Public Radio Week 2019.

Watch and Listen to the Illinois Issues Forum: How High the Revenue? Legalization of Recreational Marijuana held during NPR Illinois Public Radio Week 2019. 

Watch and Listen to Stink Bug Night held during NPR Illinois Public Radio Week 2019.

Throrughly Modern Millie

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' is the third show in the Springfiel Muni's 2019 Season. 

The Springfield Muni

The Springfield Muni's 2019 season is in full swing. It continues with their production of Evita. Cory Blissett who portrays Augustine Magaldi and Assistant Director Courtney Wick stopped by the studio to talk about the history and learning that audiences will experience during the show.

Click here for tickets and more information.

The Springfield Muni presents Peter Pan
The Springfield Muni

The Springfield Muni 2019 season is here. Craig McFarland and Jacob Deters stopped by the studio to talk about the some new aspects of their production of Peter Pan.

Stink Bug Night crowd at the Pharmacy Art Space & Gallery
Randy Eccles / NPR Illinois

Watch and Listen to Stink Bug Night held during NPR Illinois Public Radio Week 2019.

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!

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.

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


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.