Dick Van Dyke is joined by his wife Arlene with the unveiling of the 'Keep Moving' street sign outside Danville High School.
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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.


Jack Yonoer
Jack Yonover
June 09, 2016

Child Food Allergies; TSA Lines Getting Shorter?; ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Turns 30

On The 21st: We spoke with 14-year-old Wilmette resident Jack Yonover, writer and director of the film "That Bites," and discussed child food allergies with the director of the first downstate food allergies program. Plus, the TSA says waits at the nation's airports are getting shorter; and, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."


hospital
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May 05, 2016

Nonprofit Hospitals; State Parks; Captain America

On the 21st: Seven out of 10 of the most profitable hospitals in the US are nonprofit -- we learned about what it means to be a nonprofit hospital, and what we should -- and should not -- take away from the earnings numbers. Plus, a local radio host joined us to share why he took action to help reopen a state park in Madison County. 


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
Courtesy of Skot
April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


Photo courtesy of www.ebertfest.com
April 17, 2016

Roger Ebert Fellows 2016 Ebertfest Wrap-Up

Roger Ebert Fellows Riane Lenzner-White, Shalayne Pulia, and Ashish Valentine, along with Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, go over the films they saw and enjoyed at this year's Ebertfest held at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.


Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares a laugh with Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn Wednesday night at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
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April 14, 2016

‘Gothic Romance’ Opens 18th Ebertfest

The late film critic Roger Ebert once hailed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro as the most challenging in fantasy films, because he invents from scratch.  Del Toro brought 2015's "Crimson Peak" which he calls a 'gothic romance', to Champaign's Virginia Theatre to open the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival Wednesday.


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