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ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY


Radio Information Service

Thanks to a grant from the Illinois state Library, thousands of Illinois residents are able to use the Radio Information Service (RIS) each day to listen to broadcasts of local news. These programs are broadcast on a special radio called a sideband receiver. These receivers are distributed at no cost to qualified recipients. Anyone who has a visual or physical disability which impairs his or her ability to read may be eligible to obtain a special radio.

Many informational service programs are broadcast daily and include hours of local programming. Local newspapers are read and usually include pieces of news that may not generally be heard on the television news broadcasts. A variety of topics are available including comics, grocery ads and obituaries. RIS also produces public affairs programs and listener call-in shows. A directory of radio stations and organizations that offer RIS is provided below.

Directory of Illinois Radio Information Service Organizations

Augustana Public Radio Information Service (APRIS)
Augustana College
639 38th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
309−794−7500

Chicagoland Radio Information Service
1850 West Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608-1298
312−666−1331

Illinois Radio Reader (WILL)
University of Illinois
300 N. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
217−333−7300

Lewis and Clark Radio Information Service (WLCA)
Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Rd.
Godfrey, IL 62035
618−468−4940

Minds Eye Information Service
9541 Church Circle Drive
Belleville, IL 62223
618−394−6442

Northern Illinois Radio Information Service
Northern Illinois University
Riverfront Museum Park
711 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103
815−972−2955

Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (WSIU)
Southern Illinois University
1003 South Oakland
SIUC Mailcode 6531
Carbondale, IL 62901
618−453−2808

Tri-States Audio Information (WIUM/WIUW)
Western Illinois University
504 University Services Building
Macomb, IL 61455
309−298−2403

Wabash Valley College Radio Information Service
Wabash Valley College
2200 College Dr.
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
618−262−8641

WCBU Radio Information Service
Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria IL 61625
309−677−3585

WUIS-WIPA Radio Information Service
University of Illinois at Springfield
P.O. Box 19243
Springfield, IL 62703-5407
217−206−6404