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Springfield Daily Radio – Pilot Episode 1.0

Hosted by Thomas Clatterbuck, VP – Senior Strategist & Political Correspondent at Springfield Daily

Our guest today is Jon Ebel (D) a Congressional Candidate for the 13th District in Illinois. Ebel currently teaches in the Religion Department at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. Ebel also served in the Navy for eleven years, and was mobilized during the Iraq War. He did his graduate work at the University of Chicago. Learn more about Jon and hear what he has to say about the 13th District, his stance on some major issues, and the upcoming election.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

Education

North Greene gets early childhood education program funded

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The North Greene Bright Futures program is will be funded for the coming year. The program, which develops parenting skills in at-risk communities had struggled to get its grant funding renewed. Although the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) had $50 million for programming, it opened up grant applications to new programs. With the new competition, Bright Futures fell just short of the cutoff. They would not be funded after 2019.

But North Greene knew that their program had been the model for other early childhood education programs in the area. So when another $20 million was appropriated for programs, they appealed the initial decision. They also reached out to politicians including State Representative Davidsmeyer and Governor Rauner. The Rauners are strong supporters of early childhood education. First Lady Diana Rauner has been heavily involved with the “Ounce of Prevention Fund” for early learning.

The appeal and political support paid off, and the program has been fully funded for the coming year. Additionally, the grant is good for five years, so they will not need to apply again for some time. But with all state grants, money has to be appropriated in the budget for the programs to get the money.

What does Bright Futures do?

Bright Futures has spent more than 20 years developing parents as educators. 75 families are taught how to build a literacy rich environment for their newborns. The ages from birth to three are a foundational time for children, even though they might seem pre-literate. Young children benefit from being communicated with, be it reading or just talking. Early intervention and exposure to literacy is key for a child’s success in school and beyond.

The program also serves as a vital service hub in the North Greene community. Unlike in more urban areas, getting to service provides requires significant travel for rural residents. Not only are there fewer service providers, they are harder to locate for at-risk individuals. By having the Bright Future program, it is easier to direct residents to those services.

North Greene’s Superintendent Mark Scott came into the studio to talk about the importance of the program and the issues they had getting funding. You can watch our full discussion in the player.

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2018 Election

Springfield Daily Radio – Mike Leheney Interview

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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Mike Leheney. Leheney is the Libertarian candidate for State Treasurer.

Our first topic was what exactly the Treasurer does, and how it differs from the comptroller. While he is in favor of consolidating what can be consolidated, Leheney opposed combining the two offices.

One of the Treasurer’s main jobs is to invest the state’s money. Although the state is behind on its bills and pension obligations, the state still has a large amount of money to invest. The current treasurer has taken criticism for “activist investing,” or investing to advance social goals in addition to profits. Leheney said that while seeking the highest returns is good, that does not mean the state cannot advance other long-term goals as part of its investing strategy.

Finally, we talked about the challenges that third parties, like the Libertarians, face in Illinois elections.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Leheney and the other candidates for Treasurer on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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2018 Election

Springfield Daily Radio – Claire Ball Interview

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In this Episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Claire Ball. Ball is the Libertarian candidate for Illinois State Comptroller.

Our first topic was what exactly the comptroller does. She explained specifically what the role entails, and how it differs from the role of Treasurer. Although Libertarians are in favor of limited government, Ball shared why she feels it is important for the two jobs to be kept separate.

Once the job was defined, we discussed the only real issue in Illinois: the bill backlog. The comptroller is responsible for authorizing payments to vendors and employees. When there is not enough money to pay everyone, Ball discussed how allocating the available funds should be done. She shared how as a CPA, she would be able to analyze state expenditures.

Finally, we talked about the challenges that third parties, like the Libertarians, face in Illinois elections.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Ball and the other candidates for comptroller on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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