Community Voices

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

If you would like to record a Community Voices segment, contact the Community Voices team at right.

Erica Austin is the Program Outreach Coordinator and Community Liaison at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She also does a lot of work in the community specifically focusing on Springfield youth. Erica discusses her organization and her involvement with youth in Springfield with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Springfield Art Association executive director Betsy Dollar shares the latest from the organization, including the news they are moving the SAA Collective Gallery out of the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Eva Carroll Monroe headshot and Lincoln Colored Home
Illinois State Journal (L), Lincoln Library Sangamon Valley Collection (R)

Springfield artist Mary Frances produces a documetnary on Eva Carrolll Monroe, the founder of the Lincoln Colored Home. 

SIU School of Medicine

Mary Aiello is the Director of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Standardized Patient Program. The Standardized Patient Program employs community members as standardized patients to help with the training and professional development of medical students. Mary Aiello sits down with Community Voices' Bea Bonner to discuss the history of the program and where it is now. 

Ruby Mendenhall, professor of sociology and African American studies and assistant dean for diversity and democratization on health and innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine; and Robin Wilson, director, Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois have come together to lead a blogging project on COVID-19 throughout Illinois. They've signed-up citizen scientists to share their perspectives.

Jeff Curtis Williams discusses the Dim Art House, NIL8, and more before his aMERICUNDRUM show October 24, 2020.

NIL8 Facebook Page

Dana Thomas House
Dana Thomas House Foundation

Cinda Klickna, board member of the Dana Thomas House Foundation, disusses their virtural tour coming up October 28, 2020.

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Emily and Tim Lewis are the owners of Three Twigs Bakery in Springfield, IL. They also are the owners of Biscuits + Brunch and The Salted Lemon - Market & Creamery. Emily and Kelsey Atkinson (PR and Marketing Specialist) discuss the journey of owning small businesses with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Garret Moffett is proprietor of Springfield Walks Tours and  Travelers Rest Tours. As Halloween approaches, Garret discusses Springfield's Haunted Dead Walk and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Manar and McClure headshots
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
Damon & Aidan McParland in kilts
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.

Sheridan Lane headshot

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

Tiffani Saunders is a fource in the local community at UIS and about town. Listen to hear her perspectives and about the Hip-Hop Xpress.

Cherell Wilson's business Soaps by Rell

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.

Kari M. Wolf headshot

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.

Pam Molitoris headshot
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.

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.

Honey County

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

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".

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

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.