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Choosing to Make a Bequest Gift

In addition to their current annual support, John and Lissa May Mudrick have chosen a bequest gift to underscore their appreciation for and enjoyment of the WILL stations.

Head and shoulders image of Lissa May and John Mudrick

Lissa is a University of Illinois graduate who first discovered FM 90.9 for background music while studying. Later, as an agent for State Farm Insurance, she became a charter member of WILL’s Business Partners program. John discovered the stations when he moved to the area in 1987 to begin a new position with Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.

Shortly after they married in 1993, Lissa and John prepared wills and realized they also wanted to make provisions for various charitable organizations that hold special meaning for them.
“We liked the fact that we could choose to earmark a percentage of our estate, rather than a fixed dollar amount, for WILL and other charitable organizations,” Lissa said. “It’s a good way to think in terms of a ‘no matter what, we can do this’ amount. Plus, it allows for the fluctuations in the value of your assets,” she added.

“And since none of us knows what life has in store for us, it’s also beneficial that the bequest arrangements are adjustable or even revocable in the future,” John said.

The programs that spur John’s support are This Old House, Motor Week, As Time Goes By and any history-related show. Lissa’s favorites include All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
“We both enjoy the in-depth news reporting, the intelligence and wit in the various entertainment shows and the quality of the research and production in the history and documentary programs. We’re happy to do our part to support public broadcasting because we understand how Illinois Public Media enhances our daily lives,” Lissa said.

“Thanks to WILL’s programs, we keep finding and learning new and different perspectives on our world community,” John added.


Public stakeholders: The Britt family

Tad and Mary Susan Britt support Illinois Public Media financially to make sure the WILL stations stay strong.

Tad and Mary Susan Britt

“When you contribute to WILL, you feel like you’re a stakeholder, part of the local ownership,” Tad said. “You care more about it and you get more benefits from it.” They say they’re grateful that quality television and radio are available for them and their daughter, Grace. “It’s like food for the soul,” says Tad.

An archaeologist who works in research and development,Tad has AM 580 on at the office most days listening to Focus and The Afternoon Magazine. “It keeps me company at work,” he said. He appreciates NPR News programming because “they focus in on an issue instead of cramming 20 stories into a few minutes. You don’t get that quality of journalism elsewhere. It really is hard to find,” he said.

Favorites for Mary Susan, director of advancement for the University of Illinois College of Media, are the PBS programs Antiques Roadshow and This Old House, and the Ken Burns’ documentaries, particularly The National Parks. She values Illinois Public Media’s work in the community, like workshops for day care providers, training for teens in TV and radio production, and efforts to fight childhood obesity. “The WILL stations are such an important part of what makes this community a good place to live,” she said.

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