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Remembering Cub Fan Louis Reinhart

By Jeff Bossert

Louis Reinhart and family at Wrigley Field

Back at the start of the baseball season, Illinois Public Media reported on a longtime farmer and carpenter from East Central Illinois who always found time to root for the Chicago Cubs.

Louis Reinhart passed away Friday –  at the age of 100 - the same age as the Cubs’ ballpark, Wrigley Field. 

His daughter Jullie wrote the Cubs' front office before the season, and the family was invited to participate in pre-game ceremonies on Opening Day.   A scheduling conflict kept that happening, but Reinhart and family were invited back.

Reinhart attended his final game on June 8th, where he was invited to deliver the game ball and met a couple of players, including his favorite, shortstop Starlin Castro.

In an interview done in April, the 1938 graduate of Villa Grove High School said becoming a Cub fan just made sense for him.

 “My dad in World War II, he went to Chicago and was working up in Chicago, and he wasn’t too far from Wrigley Field," he said.  "And that way we got kinda tied in with the Cubs cause he went to a lot of games.”

Reinhart lived in a Metamora Nursing Home in his later years, but was born near Pesotum in 1914, and farmed in Ford County for many years.

Funeral services for Louis Reinhart are this week in Paxton.  Baier Family Funeral Services is handling arrangments.

Categories: History, Sports

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 30, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

More on Illinois Public Media's coverage of mental health issues in central Illinois.

By Maanvi Singh


(Duration: 4:30)

Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - June 29, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

by Eyder Peralta

Children detainees in Brownsville, Texas

President Obama will ask Congress for about $2 billion in emergency funds and for a change in the law in an effort to stem the tide of Central American immigrants flooding the Southern border, according to a White House official.

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