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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: 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

Forum: Mac County Public Health Dept. & Retirement of the Administrator

With Rick Davis
November 25th, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Kent Tarro - Administrator of Macoupin County Public Health Department

Forum: Returning to the General Assembly

With Shawn Balint
November 19th, 2022 01:19pm
Guest: State Representative Wayne Rosenthal

Forum: 2022 Illinois Election

With Rick Davis
November 12th, 2022 12:57pm
J.B. Pritzker's Q&A with reporters following his re-election

Forum: Litchfield Receives State Funds for Career and Training Center.

With Shawn Balint
November 5th, 2022 01:00pm
Guests: Litchfield Superintendent Dr. Greg Furstenau, School Board President Julie Abel, State Senator Doris Turner.

Forum: Pere Marguette State Park Educational Program Novemeber 5th

With Rick Davis
October 29th, 2022 01:02pm
Guest: Scott Isringhausen - Urban Fishing Coordinator for Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Forum: Rodney Davis Talks About his Future and the State of American Politics in 2022

With Shawn Balint
October 22nd, 2022 01:00pm
Guest: Outgoing Congressman Rodney Davis

Forum: Macoupin County Safe Families Program

With Rick Davis
October 15th, 2022 12:00am
Guests: Kent Tarro - Administrator of the Macoupin County Public Health Department Megan and Heather with the Safe Families Program of Macoupin County

Forum: Utility Assistance Program and Reflecting on Transition from the Legislature.

With Shawn Balint
October 8th, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Former State Senator and current Deputy Governor Andy Manar

Forum: Fishing and Owl Education Program at Pere Marguette State Park

With Rick Davis
October 1st, 2022 01:00pm
Guest: Scott Isringhausen - Urban Fishing Coordinator Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Forum: Hillsboro High School Bond Issue

With Shawn Balint
September 24th, 2022 11:00am
Guest: Hillsboro Schools Superintendent. David Powell

Forum: Consolidated Election of 2023

With Rick Davis
September 17th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Pete Duncan - Macoupin County Clerk

Forum: Litchfield Lake Maintenance & Recreational Opportunities

With Shawn Balint
September 10th, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Terry Hancock - Litchfield Lake Superintendent

Forum: Benld Adopt A Pet Animal Shelter

With Rick Davis
September 3rd, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Carol Richards - Director of the Shelter

Forum: Dometic/Sierra

With Shawn Balint
August 27th, 2022 12:00am
Guests: Lindsey Garner - VP/GM & Mandy Jewell

Forum: Carlinville Zoning Historical Overlay District, Water Meter Replacement, and Lake Annexation

With Rick Davis
August 20th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Brian Zilm - City Administrator

Forum: Schram City Infastructure & Hillsboro Glass site

With Shawn Balint
August 13th, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Albert Oeberle - Schram City Mayor

Forum: Illinois Alluvial Regional Water Company

With Rick Davis
August 6th, 2022 02:00pm
Guests: Carlinville Mayor Sarah Oswald and Carlinville Public Works Manager Dan Held

Forum: Morrisonville 150th Birthday

with Shawn Balint
July 30th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Morrisonville Mayor Larry Tolliver

Forum: Private Sewage Disposal System Installation

With Rick Davis
July 23rd, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Derrek Tiburzi - Director of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator of Macoupin County Public Health Department

Forum: New Owners of the Historic Corner Block Building

with Shawn Balint
July 16th, 2022 02:00pm
Guests: Chris Casey and Terri Miler

Forum: Carlinville Historical Overlay Districts

With Rick Davis
July 9th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Brian Zilm - City Administrator

Fourm: Taylor Springs Fire Department

with Shawn Balint
July 2nd, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Brian Redman - Taylor Springs Fire Chief

Forum: Primary Election June 28 2022

With Rick Davis
June 25th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Pete Duncan - Macoupin County Clerk

Forum: Morrisonville & Lincolnwood Plan

With Shawn Balint
June 18th, 2022 12:00am
Guest: Dave Meister - Morrisonville Superintendent

Forum: Forensic Testing and New Forensic Testing Facilities for IL

With Rick Davis
June 11th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Gov. J. B. Pritzker

Forum: Active Shooter Training

With Shawn Balint
June 4th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins

Forum 35 Mile Yard Sale Fundraiser for Life Skill Programs at Area Schools

With Rick Davis
May 28th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Carol Rose- Member of the Fundraiser committee

Forum: Formula Shortage

With Shawn Balint
May 21st, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Elisa Feldman - Nurse Manager Family Maternity Center HSHS St Francis Hospital

Forum: Phreesia Registration at Macoupin County Public Health Department

With Rick Davis
May 14th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Alina Radake - Clinical Information Support Member of MCPHD

Forum: New Hillsboro Economic and Community Planner

With Shawn Balint
May 7th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Sarah McConnell

Forum: Bills Addressing Teacher Shortage Signed into Law

With Rick Davis
April 30th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: Gov. J B Pritzker

Forum: State of the City of Witt

With Shawn Balint
April 23rd, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: New Witt Mayor Tim Taylor

Forum: IL Department of Public Health New Covid-19 Tracking and Guidelines

With Rick Davis
April 16th, 2022 02:00pm
Guest: ILDPH Acting Director - Amaal Takars