C-SPAN Bus to Visit Illinois Campus on Monday, Sept. 17

The C-SPAN Bus, a state-of-the-art 45-foot customized motor coach, will visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Monday, Sept. 17, as part of C-SPAN's "50 Capitals Tour," which includes stops in Springfield and other cities across Illinois. In partnership with Comcast, the C-SPAN Bus engages teachers and students, community members, and elected officials through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN's multi-platform public service resources. 

C-SPAN president and co-CEO Rob Kennedy, an Illinois alum (BS '78, electrical engineeering), will be a guest speaker in Assistant Professor Janice Collins's broadcast journalism class that morning. 

The high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus will be open to the public 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign (across the street from the College of Media). Visitors are welcome to explore:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN's unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks 
  • A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experience through social media

Students are encouraged to check out the bus and answer one of the following questions for C-SPAN to tweet out and potentially put on air later.


  1. If control of Congress changes in the November election, how will it impact you?
  2. Which party should control Congress next year and why?

Fans can follow the adventures of the C-SPAN Bus on Twitter and Instagram @cspanbus and online at C-SPAN.org/community.