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 right.

Ways to Connect

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Citizens Club of Springfield

UIS emeritus professor of political science moderates a discussion on the proposed state income tax constitutional amendment between Steve McClure and Andy Manar at a recent Citizens Club of Springfield breakfast.

Katharine Eastvold works for the office of the Attorney General and is currently attending law school. She also finds time to be very active in the Springfield community. Katharine discusses her role as an Administrator on the FaceBook group 'Springfield Families Helping Families' with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Chenoa Alamu is a violnist in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She is also the host of the podcast "Black, White & In Color". Over the summer, Chenoa brought back her class on Black Classical Composers and Musicians. She discusses it with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Johns Stremsterfer discusses the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln's new visioning initiative, the Next 10, to grow the greater Springfield region.

Teressa Shelton has lived in nine states and three countries. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, she embarked on a career in managing medical practices. She lives with her family in Springfield. The Sergeant’s Daughter is her first book. She discusses it with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

CV - United We Pipe

Oct 10, 2020
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Damon McParland

In May 2020, the McParlands joined NPR Illinois to disucss their United We Pipe campaign to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. How did it turnout after a summer of touring? We speak with father and son Damon and Aidan McParland and their partner Claire Smith to find out.

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LLCC

Sheridan Lane  is the Director of Culinary Program and Operations in the Culinary & Hospitality Center of Excellence at Lincoln Land Community College. 

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The Walt Disney Studios / Front Row Network

Community Voices talks local podcasting with Craig McFarland. Besides the Front Row Network, Craig has also been involved with the MUNI and the Springfield Area Arts Council. Learn more by listening below.

Cherell Wilson's business Soaps by Rell
https://soapsbyrell.com/

Cherell Wilson is a recent University of Illinois Springfield gradaute. During the pandemic she was inspired to create her own business Soaps by Rell.

Randy Eccles and Bea Bonner are the Community Voices Co-Hosts.

Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles are the Community Voices Co-Hosts. 

Segment three of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features Central Illinois Foodbanks Executive Director Pam Molitoris, Sangamon County Community Resource Executive Director David Petrilli, and SIU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Kari Wolf discussing issues presented by the pandemic. United Way of Central Illinois President and Chief Professional Officer John Kelker moderates.

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Segment two of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features Sangamon County Community Resource Executive Director David Petrilli and SIU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Kari Wolf on shelter and mental health issues presented by the pandemic.

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Matt Debackere / Matt Debackere Photography

Segment one of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features Central Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Pam Molitoris on food issues presented by the pandemic.

themuni.org

The Springfield Muni enters their second week of auditions for their 2020 season this week. Jacob Deters and Craig McFarland stopped by the studio to share tips on the audition process and beyond.

themuni.org

The Springfield Muni announced the productions for their 2020 season. Craig McFarland gave insight on the new shows, new directors, and everything to look forward to this upcoming summer.

WACCI - THE UNITED STATES AND LATIN AMERICA:CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
RANDY ECCLES / World Affairs Council of Central Illinois

The World Affairs Council of Central Illinois presents The United States and Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities. Ambassador John F. Maisto’s presentation will explore current U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. He will place special emphasis on U.S.- Venezuelan relations and U.S. diplomatic relations with several Central American nations.

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Honey County
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Dani Rose, Devon Jane, and Katie Stump make up female country trio Honey County.

Lee Milner / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Thank you all for joining NPR Illinois Wednesday November 20 at The Ace Sign Museum. Supporters enjoyed a collection of over 85 historic signs from Springfield and Route 66, music from The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project, and food from 5Flavors Catering. 

Enjoy photos from the night!

Community Voices: Expungement Potential

Oct 17, 2019
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The US Justice System has always hung its hat on the correctional services that it provides to individuals who are indicted. However, one area that has never received the proper attention is what exactly happens to felons that have already been processed and paid their debt to society. 

Gayle Woodson and her new book "After Kilimanjaro".
https://www.thenerddaily.com/gayle-woodson-author-interview/

Gayle Woodson is a retired surgeon. Now Gayle and her husband Dr. Tom Robbins travel to Tanzania (and others places in the world) teaching surgical practice to young doctors and residents. Gayle is also a writer and has just completed another story. 

UIS Theatre

UIS Theatre will open their season with God of Carnage. In other news, UIS Studio Theatre, where UIS Theatre houses their productions is newly renovated.

Miss Illinois 2019
https://www.missillinois.org/meet-miss-illinois/

The reigning Miss Illinois, Miss Ariel Beverly visits the studio during her state wide media tour meeting with city officials, representatives and schools boards. She gives more background about herself and her Social Impact Initiative: Arts in Education.

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.

hctfa.org

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
themuni.org

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

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.

Throrughly Modern Millie
themuni.org

'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.

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