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WSIU to Broadcast Live Coverage of Governor Quinn's State of the State Address

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Contact: Jak Tichenor, Senior Producer, WSIU Public Television, (618) 453-6187,

Carbondale, Ill. -- The public media series Illinois Lawmakers will produce live coverage of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State Address to the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, February 1 from 12-1:30pm.

WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will broadcast the speech live on their primary HD channels, WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1, with a repeat at 11pm on the same channels. Additional repeats will air on WSIU WORLD, channels 8.2 and 16.2, on February 1 at 7pm and again on Friday, February 3 at 8pm.

WSIU Public Radio also will carry the Governor's address live, with additional coverage provided that same day by the WSIU Radio news team during local breaks on All Things Considered, which airs from 3-6:30pm.

Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor will anchor the program, which will include bipartisan reaction to the Governor's speech and analysis from veteran Statehouse correspondents.

“Governor Quinn is expected to present his legislative agenda for the spring session during the speech, and has already pledged to make pension reform his top priority for the year,” Tichenor said. With more than $85-million in unfunded pension liabilities, Illinois has the worst funded public pension system in the country.

Illinois Lawmakers is also planning live coverage of the Governor's annual Budget Message on Wednesday, February 22 at 12pm. Stay tuned to WSIU for details.

Since 1985, Illinois Lawmakers has provided in-depth coverage of the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide public television audience, making it the longest-running television series of its kind in the state. Illinois Lawmakers is a joint production of WSIU-TV Carbondale, WTVP-TV Peoria, and Illinois Public Media (WILL) Urbana-Champaign. Learn more online at

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