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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 14, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bank vice chairman Ed Scharlau

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 23, on WILL-TV
Ed Scharlau

Busey Bank vice chairman Ed Scharlau,  who started in banking as a part-time janitor and teller, and now is vice chairman of Busey Bank, has been in the banking business in Champaign-Urbana for a half century. He began in 1964 when he worked as a part-time teller, earning $1.25 an hour, and worked nights as a part-time janitor, earning $2 an hour.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

U of I entomologist May Berenbaum

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 9, on WILL-TV
May Berenbaum

May Berenbaum has received many honors from fellow scientists, and on Oct. 3, the White House announced that she's a recipient of the National Medal of Science. But she also has numerous fans among the general public who have been caught up in her infectious love of insects. Host David Inge said she put aside her childhood fear of insects to become an entomologist.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - December 13, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Industrial recycling innovator Lou Mervis

7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 19, on WILL-TV
Lou Mervis

Lou Mervis, who retired in 2005 as president and CEO of Mervis Industries in Danville, talks about guiding his family's company to become a leader in meeting the manufacturing and recycling needs of various industries. He also reflects on his achievements as a volunteer, from founding the Danville Area Economic Development Corporation to his 17-year service as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - November 21, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Steve Burgess recalls his father, James R. Burgess Jr.

7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 21, on WILL-TV
James R. Burgess

Steve Burgess reveals his journey of discovery about his father, James R. Burgess, pictured, Champaign County's first African American State's Attorney. Steve learned about his father's role in World War II after his father died. James Burgess was a first lieutenant commanding one of six African American tank companies in the famous 761st Tank Battalion that served under General George Patton, including at the Battle of the Bulge.

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