WTVP’s ongoing, locally produced public affairs program. Hosted by series producer H Wayne Wilson, this weekly show provides an in-depth, up-to-the-minute exploration of issues that are important to the people of Central Illinois. One week might feature a look at educational initiatives, another might focus on community issues, while still another might give viewers a chance to ask questions of our elected officials. All AT ISSUE programs provide vital information to our viewers—from efforts to revitalize neighborhoods to joint cooperation between governmental units to riverfront development on both sides of the Illinois River. AT ISSUE is just one more way that WTVP 47 serves you through public television.
Peoria's mayor and police chief will talk about the progress achieved thus far in the Don't Shoot initiative and how effective it has been in curbing street crime and gang activity. Guests: Jim Ardis - Peoria Mayor and Steve Settingsgaard - Peoria Police Chief
Deaths from misuse of prescription drugs has grown from four in 2010 to 18 in 2012 in Tazewell County alone. The county has formed a task force to develop methods to reduce the number of deaths. Guests: Rene Sandoval - Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group Director; Bob Huston - Tazewell County Sheriff; and Amy Tippey - Tazewell County Health Department Administrator
A discussion on issues facing regional airports, including airline hub service, airfares, expedited security checks, competition from a possible future airport at Peotone, and whether a larger single regional airport would be beneficial. Guests: Bruce Carter - Chairman, American Association of Airport Executives; and Gene Olson - Director of Airports, Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Central Illinois is disbanding the Economic Development Council to create a new economic development group called Focus Forward CI. It is to create a more streamlined approach to economic development for the entire region and improve communication between entities. Guests: Jim Baumgartner - Focus Forward CI; Frank Knott - ViTAL Economy; and Jennifer Daly - Morton Economic Development Council
A discussion on the reasons why some people attempt to censor books, particularly those for children, and how libraries respond. An ISU English professor and a librarian will explain policies that address the issue. Guests: Jan Susina - Illinois State Univ. English Professor; Genna Buhr – Fondulac District Library; and Roberta Koscielski - Peoria Public Library Associate Director
Representatives of Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Illinois-Springfield will discuss restoration ecology, water quality, how animal diets can balance an ecosystem, and other scientific studies at the Emiquon Preserve along the Illinois River in Fulton County, and how these issues can impact other river systems in North America. Guests: Michael Lemke - Biology Professor, University of Illinois-Springfield; Michael Wiant - Director, Dickson Mounds Museum; and ...
A discussion on the impact of the Affordable Care Act, Illinois' delay in Medicaid payments, accountable care organizations and efforts to lower the cost of delivery of services without compromising health care. Guests: Dr. Keith Knepp, Vice President, Methodist Medical Center; Dr. Steve Hippler, Vice President, OSF Medical Group; and Colleen Kannaday, President, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Representatives of four lesser known organizations will discuss what services they provide to the needy and what role compassion plays in their delivery of services. Guests: Fred Stewart - METEC; Tom Pelger - Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Cindy Shuford - Threads, Hope and Love; and Julia Janes - CureSearch
Two state representatives and two state senators from each political party will discuss the issues confronting them in the legislative veto session in late November and early December, including how to address the pension shortfall and Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the bill that would expand gambling. Guests: Don Moffitt (R) - State Representative, Galesburg; Jehan Gordon-Booth (D) - State Representative, Peoria; Darin LaHood (R) - State Senator, Peoria; and Dave Koehler (D) - State Senator, Pe...