Call for support -- CAN TV funding ordinance slated for a March 16 vote

Posted by Mitchell - March 4, 2009 (entry 623)

CAN TV is Chicago's public access cable TV network -- the home of programs like Democracy Now!, Labor Beat, Chicago Independent Television, plus call-in shows hosted by Chicago groups like Iraq Veterans Against the War and the Gay Liberation Network, not to mention many excellent and informative programs through CAN TV's Community Partners and Community Forum series. (Not to mention that CAN TV has hosted Community Forum appearances with CMA.)

But CAN TV's outdated funding structure has created funding problems for years, threatening the future stability of this important community resource. There is good news, however: On Monday, March 16, 2009, the City of Chicago Committee on Finance will vote on the Stone/Burke Ordinance to resolve CAN TV's funding issues. Yes, things are busy this time of year for many of us, but taking some time now is critical if we hope to keep a valuable media resource like CAN TV viable for years to come.

The stakes are high. If the ordinance passes, CAN TV can count on reliable funding now and in the future. But if the ordinance fails, CAN TV will lose 1/4th of its funding in 2009, resulting in significant service cuts.


1. ATTEND the March 16th meeting at 10am, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd floor, City Council Chambers.

2. CALL OR MEET WITH YOUR ALDERMAN prior to the meeting to urge a "YES" vote for the Stone/Burke CAN TV ordinance.

For your Alderman's contact information call CAN TV at 312-738-1400 or look up the info here.

If you plan to attend the meeting or if you need bus transportation from CAN TV to City Hall, please contact CAN TV:

Phone: 312-738-1400
Email: info at

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