tap water
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April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.

Marquee outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign before the 2015 Eberfest.
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April 04, 2016

‘Ebertfest 2016: Center Of The Universe’ Preview

A conversation with WILL's Lisa Bralts and Tim Meyers, co-creators of the documentary looking at the history of Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The new documentary, premeiring April 4, also previews the 18th annual Ebertfest, April 13-17.

Paul Dano portraying Brian Wilson
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March 23, 2016

‘Love And Mercy’ and ‘Grandma’ On Final Slate Of Films At 18th Ebertfest

The final slate of six films for the festival, running April 13-17 at Champaign's Virginia Theater, include 'Love and Mercy', which depicts Beach Boy Brian Wilson at two stages of his life, Lily Tomlin's honored performance in "Grandma", and "L'Inhumaine", a 1924 silent French sci-film film to be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. 

National Sweetheart Pageant Runners-Up, 2015
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March 01, 2016

Miss America Ban Could Mean End To Hoopeston Pageant

A clarification in the language from the Miss America organization may mean Hoopeston can no longer hold its National Sweetheart Pageant, held during Labor Day weekend.  The competition has gone on since the 1940's. Its co-directors, Cliff and Michelle Crabtree, say they're looking into what it would take to become affiliated with the organization.

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