The Afternoon Magazine Archive

WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - May 15, 2013

Community Conversation - Guns Save Life

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(Duration: 9:44)

Members of the organization Guns Save Life met last night in Rantoul, to discuss a number of issues, including firearm safety and a possible new concealed carry law in Illinois.

Two members of WILL's staff, Lindsey Moon and Kimberlie Kranich, spoke with members of the group as part of the station's Community Conversations initiative.

Kranich says that during the meeting, several members expressed a preference for a concealed carry law to be passed, as even an imperfect bill would be better than the uncertainty of having no law on the matter.

One attendee noted that he was able to get around possible concealed carry laws because there is no prohibition on carrying a firearm and ammunition seperately on one's person, Kranich says.

Moon notes that several attendees were concerned that the wait time for an ownership permit was often 75-90 days, despite the promise that such a permit would be issued within 30 days by the state.

Other issues addressed in the meeting included school safety and the perception of media bias against firearm owners.

Every month, Illinois Public Media organizes or participates in other organizations’ 'community conversations.' WILL engages in these conversations in an effort to better inform our own news coverage.

Categories: Community


WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - April 11, 2013

Thomas Burrell on Racism

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(Duration: 10:05)

Thomas Burrell is the founder and former CEO of Burrell Communications, an advertising agency based in Chicago that is one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world.  Among his many honors, Burrell has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and has been named as one of the most influential black businessmen of the past 40 years by Black Enterprise Magazine. He argues that the longest-running and most successful advertising campaign of all time has functioned to marginalize black America. He’s author of the book “Brainwashed, Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.” In it, he argues that we are not living in a post-racial era but one that makes it harder to talk about race than ever before.

He’ll will be giving a talk on campus at the University of Illinois this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Knight Auditorium in Urbana.

Categories: Civil Rights, Community

WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - January 18, 2013

Community Conversations

Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media News

Sean Powers, Illinois Public Media News

Guest Host: Jeff Bossert

From time to time, Illinois Public Media organizes or participates in other organizations’ “community conversations.” They’re opportunities to discuss a wide range of issues and ideas, to hear what various communities care about, and – ideally, for those of us in the news business – to inform the stories we ought to tell, and the way we ought to tell them. Such was the case Thursday. Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows and Sean Powers join us to discuss what they learned from conversations with attendees of an event through Champaign Unit 4 schools.

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Categories: Community, Education

WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - December 18, 2012

Community Conversations

Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media News
Sean Powers, Illinois Public Media News

From time to time, Illinois Public Media organizes or participates in other organizations’ “community conversations.” They’re opportunities to discuss a wide range of issues and ideas, to hear what various communities care about, and – ideally, for those of us in the news business – to inform the stories we ought to tell, and the way we ought to tell them. Such was the case last week. Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows and Sean Powers join us to discuss what they learned from recent conversations.

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Categories: Community

WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - October 08, 2012

As Goes Janesville

Henry Radcliffe, Community Engagement Producer, WILL
Tom Carrino, Economic Development Manager, City of Urbana
Guest Host: Craig Cohen

In 2008, as the nation’s economy was in freefall, the downturn was especially hard on the community of Janesville, Wisconsin. That year, a century-old General Motors plant closed. For the workers that were laid off, that meant seeking new employment in a decidedly difficult economic environment. The next three years in the lives of residents in Janesville are chronicled in a film entitled As Goes Janesville – it premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 9 on WILL-TV. Then, tomorrow night, the film will be screened again as part of WILL’s Community Cinema series at 6 P-M at the Champaign Public Library. We'll talk with two people involved in that screening and discussion.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - October 02, 2012

New Polling in the Illinois 13th Congressional District Race

Tom Kacich, Champaign News-Gazette Enterprise Editor
Guest Host: Jeff Bossert

A new poll in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District shows Democrat David Gill with a slim lead over Republican Rodney Davis, 40 to 39-percent, when Gill led by 6-percent just over a month ago. The survey of 400 registered likely voters paid for by the Gill campaign was taken September 26 and 27. Champaign News-Gazette Enterprise Editor Tom Kacich weighs in on what this poll means on November 6th.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - August 13, 2012

Political Endorsements

Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Illinois at Springfield
Guest Host: Craig Cohen

In recent weeks, Dr. David Gill, the Democratic candidate for Illinois’ 13th district Congressional race, has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, and by fellow Democrat and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Gill’s GOP opponent, Rodney Davis, recently received the endorsements of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and ACTIVATOR, the political action committee of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Less than 90 days from the election, it would appear we’ve entered political endorsement season. Do political endorsements matter? Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield tells Illinois Public Media's Craig Cohen that endorsements matter, but not really all that much.

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Categories: Community, Government, Politics

WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - July 26, 2012

Low Power FM Stations

Brandy Doyle, Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Vanessa Graber, Community Radio Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Guest Host: Craig Cohen

Throughout the week here on The Afternoon Magazine, we have been speaking with attendees of the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference, which begins today at The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. The conference offers an opportunity for community radio stations to gather and discuss a variety of issues. WILL is a media partner for the conference. Among the topics that will be discussed in the coming days – low power FM stations. Many of the folks there come from such stations; others may be seeking to start their own radio station. One of the organizations working to create a network of such low power community radio stations is the Prometheus Radio Project. Two of the project’s members – Brandy Doyle and Vanessa Graber, join us.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - July 24, 2012

Political Ads on Commercial Television

Candace Clement, Campaign Coordinator, Free Press

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center this week is hosting the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference. It’s an opportunity for community radio stations to gather and discuss a variety of issues. WILL is a media partner for the conference. Another key organization in the endeavor is the media reform organization Free Press. Candace Clement manages Free Press’s initiatives on community media, and advises on the group’s efforts to expand support for public media. In her role with Free Press, she has also advocated for greater transparency when it comes to commercial TV stations’ public files. She'll tell us about those efforts.

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