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The Forum

The Forum
The Forum is WSMI's weekly public affairs program and features topics that listeners and area leaders have told us are important. Issues like education, clean drinking water, sewage treatment, road & bridges, health, local & state government, jobs and job services, zoning, & various counceling and support programs are covered each week on The Forum with alternating hosts Rick Davis and Shawn Balint.
The Forum
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Forum: Topic: The Illinois Veterans History Project

With Rick Davis
November 25th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Secretary of State - Alexi Giannoulias

Forum: Montgomery County Budget

With Shawn Balint
November 18th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Count Board Chairman Doug Donaldson

Forum: Montgomery County Board Budget Plan

with Shawn Balint
November 18th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Doug Donaldson - Montgomery County Board Chairman

Forum: Our Market at the Plaza - A Co-op Grocery Store

With Rick Davis
November 11th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Christ Hartsook - President Board of Directors for Our Market at the Plaza

Forum: Animal Adoption and Cold Weather tips for Animal Care

With Rick Davis
October 28th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Carol Richards - Director of Macoupin County Adopt a Pet in Benld

Forum: First Responder Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

With Shawn Balint
October 21st, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Chris Fields - Retired OKC Firefighter

Forum: MCDD 25th Anniversary of Mini Olympics

With Rick Davis
October 14th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Kimberly Wing - Development Coordinator for the Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled

Forum: Harvel 150th Anniversary

With Shawn Balint
October 7th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Max Neunaber - Village Clerk

Forum: National 4-H Week

With Rick Davis
September 30th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Kate Harding - 4-H Program Coordinator for Illinois Extension Macoupin County

Forum: Remembering Jeffrey Brown and Looking back on I-55 Dust Storm Wrecks

With Shawn Balint
September 23rd, 2023 01:00pm
Guests Chief Mike Webb, and Assistant Chiefs Bryan Byers and Chad Millburg

Forum: Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville New Health Science Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

With Rick Davis
September 16th, 2023 01:00pm
Guests:: SIU President- Dr. Daniel Mahony, SIUE Chancellor- Dr. James Minor, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker, Dean of the School of Pharmacy- Dr. Mark Luer, and Dean of the School of Nursing- Judy Liesveld, PhD

Forum: SCI Technical Center

With Shawn Balint
September 9th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Andy Manar - Deputy Governor

Forum: The Sate-T-Act Law Effective September 18

With Rick Davis
September 2nd, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Macoupin County Sheriff- Shawn Kahl

Fourm: Overdose Awareness Day

With Shawn Balint
August 26th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Amber Kite - Cross Over Ministries

Forum: House Bill 3814 which benefits Students in FFA and 4H

With Rick Davis
August 19th, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: Gov. J. B. Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, IL FFA State President Thaddeus Bergschneider, Sen. Doris Turner, Rep. Sonya Harper, and IL 4H Youth Leadership Team Naomi Dolan

Forum: Reflecting on Retirement

With Shawn Balint
August 12th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Dr. Greg Furstenau - Litchfield Schools Superintendent

Forum: "Skip the Line" Program for the Division of Motor Vehicles in Illinois

With Rick Davis
August 5th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Alex Giannoulias - Illinois Secretary of State

Forum: Smithsonian Institute - Spark Exhibit

With Shawn Balint
July 29th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Robbie Davis - Smithsonian Institute

Forum: Reaction to the Illinois State Supreme Court Ruling on the Sate-T Act

With Rick Davis
July 22nd, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: IL Senate GOP Leader John Curran and IL Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Forum: Golf Carts in Litchfield

with Shawn Balint
July 15th, 2023 12:00am
Guests: Josh Hughes - Alderman; Michael McGinley - Litchfield City Attorney; Breann Vasquez - Litchfield City Administrator

Forum: Dental, Behavioral Health and Safe Families Services at the Macoupin County Public Health Department

With Rick Davis
July 8th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Christy Blank - Administrator of the Macoupin County Public Health Department

Forum: Montgomery County Fair Wrap Up

With Shawn Balint
July 1st, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: Fair Board President Mary Bishop and Board Member Marti Bennington

Forum: IL Department of Agriculture Clean Sweep Collection in Central Illinois

With Rick Davis
June 24th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Mark Dugger - Macoupin County Farm Bureau Manager

Forum: Career Education

With Shawn Balint
June 17th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Tony Sanders - State Schools Superintendent

Forum: Fiscal Year 2024 Budget for Illinois

With Rick Davis
June 10th, 2023 01:01pm
Guest: J. B. Pritzker - Gov. of Illinois

Forum: Mental Health Awareness Month

With Shawn Balint
June 3rd, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: Danielle Vincent and Heather - Crossover Ministries

Forum: New Macoupin County Voting Center

With Rick Davis
May 27th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Macoupin County Clerk - Pete Duncan

Forum: Carlinville's New Fiscal Year

With Rick Davis
May 13th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Carlinville Mayor - Sarah Oswald

Forum: Financial Disclosure Forms for Local Officials and Public Access

With Rick Davis
April 29th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Macoupin County Clerk - Pete Duncan

Forum: Life of Late County Board Member Gene Miles

With Shawn Balint
April 22nd, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: County Board Chairman Doug Donaldson

Forum: Earth Day/Week Activities in Carlinville

With Rick Davis
April 15th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Mary Tinder - Chairman of Carlinville Bee City Committee

Forum: Jim Roberts Retirement

With Shawn Balint
April 8th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Montgomery County Judge Jim Roberts

Forum: Illinois Senate Proposals to Combat High Cost of Living

With Rick Davis
April 1st, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: Illinois Senators - Don DeWitte, Erica Harris, Jil Tracy and Sue Rezin.

Forum: Vistra Plan to Convert Power Plant to Solar

With Shawn Balint
March 25th, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: Brad Watson - Vistra Senior Director Community Affairs. Mark McDaniels - Vistra Renewables Program Director

Forum: Carlinville Lions Club

With Rick Davis
March 18th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Nate Rush - President of Carlinville Lions Club

Forum: Carbon Capture

With Shawn Balint
March 11th, 2023 01:00pm
Guests: State Senator Steve McClure and Deputy Director of American Farmland Trust Jean Brokish

Forum: April 4th Consolidated Election

With Rick Davis
March 4th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan

Forum: State Senator Steve McClure

with Shawn Balint
February 25th, 2023 12:00am
McClure talks about his new district & Graham Correctional Center

Forum: Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation

With Rick Davis
February 18th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Mark Dugger - Manager of Macoupin County Farm Bureau

Forum: Nokomis Police Department

With Shawn Balint
February 11th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Talon Burton - Nokomis police chief

Forum: Radon and Home Testing

With Rick Davis
February 4th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Derrek Tiburzi - Director of Environmental Health for the Macoupin County Public Health Department

Forum: Hillsboro Moose Lodge Closing

With Shawn Balint
January 28th, 2023 12:00am
Guests: Don Downs & Mike Rapae

Forum: National Alliance on Mental Illinois Support Groups

With Rick Davis
January 21st, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Kelly Jefferson: Program Director - National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwestern Illinois

Forum: Nokomis Witt Area Ambulance Forced To Go Volunteer

With Shawn Balint
January 14th, 2023 01:00pm
Guest: Chief Travis Hocq

Forum: Pere Marquette State Park Bald Eagle Days

With Rick Davis
January 7th, 2023 12:00am
Guest: Scott Isringhausen - Urban Fishing Coordinator for IDNR

Forum: Shoal Creek Golf Course

With Shawn Balint
December 31st, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Nick Hornbuckle - outgoing Shoal Creek superintendent

Forum: A Review of Law Enforcement and Other Actions for 2022

With Rick Davis
December 24th, 2022 01:00pm
Guest: Shawn Kahl - Macoupin County Sheriff

Forum: Flu/COVID/RSV threat to school

With Shawn Balint
December 17th, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Julie Wollerman - Regional Superintendent of Schools

Forum: Administration Coordinator for City of Carlinville

With Rick Davis
December 10th, 2022 01:02pm
Guest: Brian Zilm- Administration Coordinator

Forum: Elections and Heating Costs

With Shawn Balint
December 3rd, 2022 01:12pm
Guest: Former State Senator and Deputy Governor Andy Manar