Harness racing.
Wikimedia Commons
July 26, 2016

Despite Statewide Decline, Harness Racing Continues At Champaign County Fair

Harness racing --- horses racing at a trot or gait while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart --- is a longtime feature of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana. But races that were held every weekday at the fair a decade ago are now reduced to a single session set for Tuesday evening at 7 PM.


Dickslon Mounds Museum
Mike Hucke / Wikimedia Commons
July 12, 2016

Dickson Mounds Museum Reopens

The agreement that made possible the reopening of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield also allowed the state of Illinois' Dickson Mounds Museum to reopen in the west-central part of the state. Both had been put on a nine-month hiatus, due to the state budget impasse.


Collage of Book Covers discussed on today's show
Travis Stansel
July 01, 2016

The 21st’s Summer Book List (Vol. 3, Guilty Pleasures)

List of Suggested Summer Reading - Guilty Pleasures Edition - by Rachelle Brandel, student librarian and Treasurer, American Library Association Student Chapter, UIUC; Jesus Espinoza, Vice-President, American Library Association Student Chapter, UIUC; and Anna Lapp, student librarian and Social Media Manager, American Library Association Student Chapter, UIUC.


Dick Van Dyke and members of the Danville High School show choir perform 'Let's Go Fly A Kite' to close out Friday's concert.
Jeff Bossert/Illiinois Public Media
June 25, 2016

Van Dyke ‘Steps In Time’ Before The Home Crowd

After the Danville High School show choir performed some of the best-known songs from his movie musicals, 1944 graduate Dick Van Dyke took to the stage to talk about the importance of supporting the arts, and performed songs with his quartet, the Vantastix. Friday night's sellout performance marked the start of fundraising efforts for the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. 


Woman walking past installation of white crosses in Orlando, Florida
AP Photo/David Goldman
June 24, 2016

What Does The ‘Brexit’ Vote Mean In Illinois? Crosses In Orlando; High School Athletes And Heat; GoT

On The 21st: What could the 'Brexit' Vote Mean for Illinois?; An Aurora, Illinois, man builds crosses for sites of tragedy: we talked with him about his 1200 mile trek to Orlando with 49 crosses; The IHSA has new rules for student athletes to keep heat from worsening injuries; and Game of Thrones Season 6 ends this Sunday - we have no spoilers to alert you about, but we talked about what fans could see this weekend.


Dick Van Dyke is joined by his wife Arlene with the unveiling of the 'Keep Moving' street sign outside Danville High School.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
June 23, 2016

Dick Van Dyke Returns Home To Danville

The 90-year old actor made a grand entrance Thursday, riding up to Danville High School in a replica of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' with a performance by the school's show choir.  Van Dyke is back to mark the launch a foundation to restore his childhood home, and help fund careers in the arts for young people.


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