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Community Voices
Mondays-Thursdays Noon-1 p.m., Fridays Noon-12:30 p.m., Saturdays 5-6 p.m.

Hear the voices of our community:  residents, leaders, visitors, listeners, donors, sponsors, nonprofits, and volunteers discuss what they care about and how to make the neighborhood grow.

If you would like to record a Community Voices segment, contact Community Voices team at communityvoices@nprillinois.org.

Latest Episodes
  • Executive Director of Downtown Springfield Inc. Kayla Graven and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects Illinois Stacey Pfingsten joined us on Community Voices to talk about the architecture scavenger hunt planned for downtown Springfield. The scavenger hunt allows participants to explore downtown architecture as well as downtown restaurants and shops. The walk takes place on Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20.
  • Marcus Rothenberg is a voice over artist in Springfield, Ill. Rothenberg spoke to Community Voices about how to get started in a voice over career, how to create characters and the challenges of recording audio books.
  • Riders in the Sky will perform at the Hoogland Center for the Arts on Thursday Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. These singing cowboys have won two Grammy awards and performed for thousands across the U.S. Ranger Doug and Too Slim, members of the group, spoke with Community Voices about their career and their love of Country Western music.
  • Jennifer Hobbs is an Army veteran and the author of "Calmed: Growth After Trauma." She has written a memoir about the trauma she and her husband experienced while deployed in Iraq. Hobbs hopes that her book and her wellness program will help veterans and their families in recovering from trauma.
  • Sangamon County State's Attorney Dan Wright discusses a career path in Public Interest Law
  • Wade Kammin is the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Macarthur Blvd. He spoke with Community Voices about how to to use bird seed to attract different bird species and how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders.
  • Shannon McAuley and Fran Abbott are the owners of Scoop Du Jour in Chatham, Ill. They spoke with Community Voices about why they wanted to open up an ice cream shop in their town and some of the products the sweet treats they offer. They also spoke about how the pandemic has affected their business and the support they have received from the community.
  • Jessica Kocurek is the owner of Willow & Birch, a salon in downtown Springfield. She has also opened a boutique in Taylorville called Uprooted by Willow & Birch. Kocurek spoke with Community Voices about self-care tips and how her team is the key to her success.Originally aired Aug. 2.
  • Mark Forinash is the owner of Cafe Moxo in downtown Springfield. The restaurant is known for its chicken pot pie. Forinash spoke with Community Voices about opening his restaurant and how he found the perfect location for his business.
  • Steve Sykes is the host of the podcast "View From the Back Row" which explores disability inclusion and representation in film. The podcast is part of the Front Row Network. Sykes spoke with Community Voices about the podcast and the progress of the film industry to be more inclusive in casting people with various disabilities.