August 18, 2005

Would you like The Illinois Channel carried in the area?

The Illinois Channel, the result of years of efforts by civil minded people, is actually up and running. They rely primarily on local cable systems airing the channel on public access channels which the cable companies are to make available for, well, public access.

A contact with the Illinois Channel, basically an Illinois version of C-Span, informs me that Mediacom had gotten in touch with them regarding picking them up, but that it has not responded since. The Illinois Channel intends to follow up, but as the source related, they are used to cable systems which continue to express interest and apparently Mediacom is no longer pursuing the matter.

It sounds like this could happen if both parties get back in touch and work out the details. I think it would be a win/win situation for The Illinois Channel, Mediacom, and the public. The channel would reach an important market, Mediacom would be providing a very comprehensive and important civic service to it's subscribers, and the public would gain a better understanding of the workings of state government, elected officials and prominent figures in state politics, as well as enjoying historic and general interest shows on various places in Illinois.

If you'd like the Illinois Channel added to the local cable mix, contact Mediacom at 309/743-4100 or The Illinois Channel at 217/525-7440 or and let them know you'd like to see the channel carried in our area.

After all, The Illinois Channel would provide the real "Inside Dope".


At 8/18/2005 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All it does is show the Republican that you love!

At 8/18/2005 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather than reveal the DOPE's name, I am going to do it in stages. So that everyone can play along! Enjoy boys!

At 8/18/2005 11:57 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Hey, "girls" can read too. What are you, a misogynist. And you're in politics??!! You must be joking.

At 8/18/2005 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off you don't know me. Second off I do know who you are. Soon everyone else will too.

Go back and check what you said about who, as I am damn sure going to ensure everyone else see what you had to say about them! Enjoy you remainng public anonimity!

At 8/18/2005 12:05 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


This is like watching a crazy homeless person freaking out on the street. You want to help, but what can you do?

At 8/18/2005 2:00 PM, Blogger firechild said...

anonymous is telling you to enjoy public anonimity?? he's just angry because he can't get the "Kerry 2004" sticker off his bumper. try mayo idiot. then no one will know you voted for a loser.

At 8/18/2005 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Firechild -

I am proud of my vote for Kerry-Edwards, but sorry so many Americans got bamboozled by the incumbents who are delivering us the largest deficit in US history.
I am a moderate, and there is nothing moderate or conservative about the deficit.

They are also mismanaging the economy and mismanaging the war in Iraq.

And for that you feel proud and boastful?

Hmmm. Check the Bush-Cheney record.

I know their brand of politics, via right-wing talk radio, appeals to "bumper sticker" mentality, but if you dig a little bit deeper their record is dismal.

At 8/18/2005 9:07 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Dope. I would just love to have that channel in my area. I will write Mediacom tomorrow.

At 8/18/2005 10:03 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sure, The Illinois Channel won't be for everyone, but I think it's incredibly good that people have struggled to bring the thing into existence and it should reach as many households as possible.

And as far as having a public access channel for the public good, I can't think of a better or more appropriate use than programming like this for local cable outlets to take advantage of.

I think it can only serve to make the public more aware of both the state they live in, those that they've chosen to govern, the political and legal process at the heart of state government, and provide insight into the issues which affect their lives.

I hope more people take a minute to let their views be known. It could make the difference.

At 8/19/2005 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest anon posts that suck have to be from Usher because he keeps up with his chauvanistic way of saying "hey boys" like the women aren't important.

Yes, Mikkie, we know you hate women deep down - just admit it ... comon we all know you do.

At 8/19/2005 2:49 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Dope Me thinks that you may hath deleted a post slaming John Gianulias!


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