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July 14, 2015

Memories Of Harper Lee From Former Chicago Tribune Reporter And Friend

Marja Mills met Nelle Harper Lee while on assignment for the Chicago Tribune. She later moved next door to Lee and her sister Alice Finch Lee for several months and has published a memoir about her friendship with the famous author called The Mockingbird Next Door. Mills gives her take on the new book from Lee and shares memories of the famously private author. 


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


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July 06, 2015

Smithsonian Water Exhibit Coming To Mahomet In 2016

The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet will host a Smithsonian exhibit next summer on the role of water in our communities. The exhibit is called Waterways and is part of a nationwide initiative meant to explore water use across the U.S.


In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Dick Van Dyke arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" at Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Van Dyke's childhood home could be torn down after the city condemned the dilapidated building in Da
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July 05, 2015

Actor Van Dyke’s Childhood Home On Condemned List

The star of films like "Mary Poppins" and TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" took to Twitter last week, calling attention to the Danville home he and his brother lived in during high school.


Fire works from July Fourth celebrations in 2014
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July 02, 2015

Where To Be For The Fourth Of July

Several events will take place throughout East Central Illinois celebrating the fourth of July. Events will include music, food and fireworks.


Signature of Saul Bellow from 1975
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June 10, 2015

Saul Bellow’s Editor Remembers The Chicago Novelist On His Centennial

Saul Bellow would have been 100 on Wednesday. The novelist who set much of his work in Chicago, immigrated to Chicago from Montreal in July of 1924 and his family settled in Humboldt Park. He stayed in Chicago for most of the rest of his life, attending Northwestern University and teaching at the University of Chicago. We talk with Beena Kamlani who began editing Saul Bellow’s works at Viking in 1988 about her time working with the author considered one of the United States’ greats.


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