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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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".