Rashada Dawan and Kevin Pollack in the roles of Chaz and Roger Ebert in 'The Black White Love Play', now playing at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater.
Black Ensemble Theater
October 08, 2015

Ebert Romance Captured On Stage

'The Black White Love Play', an original musical written by Jackie Taylor, CEO of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, delves into the courtship of Roger and Chaz Ebert, and their more than 20 years of marriage. 


Celtic Woman, Left to Right: Éabha McMahon, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Máiréad Nesbitt
Kip Carroll
October 02, 2015

Máiréad Nesbitt Of Celtic Woman: Last Ten Years Have Been A ‘Wonderful Journey’

Máiréad Nesbitt is the only original member of the Irish group Celtic Woman, which started as a one-off PBS special over ten years ago. In anticipation of their appearance at the Virginia Theater this weekend, Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Nesbit about the last ten years and what she and the rest of Celtic Woman have in the works. 


September 18, 2015

Pride Fest Celebrates With ‘Love Wins’

This weekend marks the sixth annual CU Pride Festival in downtown Champaign, and organizers say this year is unique. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. Caitlin Jenner's very public transition made conversations about transgender issues even more mainstream.


Rockome Gardens, the tourist site that operated in rural Arcola.
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September 02, 2015

Arthur Man Revives Zoo Plans With Rockome Gardens Purchase

James Aikman's plans for a wildlife park in Moultrie County were thwarted over the concerns of landowners.  But Aikman announced Tuesday that he's purchased the former Rockome Gardens family tourist site near Arcola with hopes of opening there by May 2016.


The work-in-progress 2015 Illinois State Fair butter cow is unveiled at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
August 25, 2015

Illinois State Fair Attendance Down

Despite ideal weather, State Fair officials report fewer than 412,000 people attended this year.  The state provided no explanation for the figure that was less than half the 961,000 who attended as recently as two years ago.


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