December 18, 2013

Dial A Carol

Time is running out this year if you want to call up the very popular Dial-A-Carol and get a Christmas song sung to you by University of Illinois students. It’s an annual tradition that started in 1960 and has been going on every year since.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
(Seth Perlman/AP)
October 28, 2013

“Lincoln” Movie Props Coming To Springfield

A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois early next year. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.


Lou Reed performing in London.
(Denis O'Regan/Getty Images)
October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.


Lorraine Theater
(Save The Lorraine Foundation)
October 25, 2013

Hoopeston Group Looks To Save Lorraine Theater

A group of Hoopeston residents hopes to give the community a sense of how the old downtown movie theater once operated.

The Lorraine Theatre opened its doors in 1922, but closed its doors in March of 2012, suffering the fate of many single auditorium small-town movie houses.

An unnamed buyer recently bought it, and the Lorraine 2, an old store location that was converted in recent years to show movies.  

The buyer expects to do some maintenance – then turn both of them over to the Save The Lorraine Foundation in the next few weeks.

Group president and lifelong Hoopeston resident Jim Richards admitted there’s more to be done, namely, raise about $200,000 for maintenance and restoring the Art Deco design.

His memories included a day when vaudeville acts came to town.

"They didn’t have dressing rooms, so what they did, is basically put a ladder – and there’s two tiers on each side, and they went up an built little platforms," he said.  "The vaudeville people would walk up the ladder on the side of the thing, go over to the space that they had - which was elevated, above the stage, they would dress in their costumes and change costumes - and walk down and present their program on the stage.”

Richards said his group is open-minded, and needs to rent out the theater for other uses to make ends meet, including theater acts and weddings.

The Save The Lorraine Foundation holds its first fundraiser Sunday, a spaghetti dinner at the Hoopeston’s Fast Lanes Bowling Alley from 12 to 3 p.m.


A coalition lobbying for a fracking moratorium protested Illinois' pending legislation during the 2013 General Assembly session.
(Amanda Vinicky/IPR)
October 03, 2013

DNR Opens Fracking Registration

Illinois is a ways off from allowing oil and gas drillers to begin "fracking" but companies that are interested can begin the paperwork.


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