Dick Van Dyke attends the 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, April 24, in Beverly Hills.
John Salangsang/Invision/Associated Press
May 27, 2016

Dick Van Dyke Officially Returning Home Next Month

The 90-year old actor's return to Danville will include fundraising events to preserve his childhood home.  Public events will include a tribute at Danville High School, following by a reception at Harrison Park. "Through all my 90 years, I've remained, in my heart, the same Midwestern nerd you knew so long ago," Van Dyke said in a statement released by Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

U of I History Professor Adrian Burgos with National Baseball Hall of Fame Curator John Odell
Kaitlin Southworth, Producer, Big Ten Network
May 20, 2016

Documentary Profiles Latinos’ Role In Shaping Baseball History

U of I history professor Adrian Burgos learned through his family, and his love for baseball, that Latin players played a large role in the game since its early days. Burgos' research is the focus of "Playing America's Game", which includes interviews with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, and current Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. The program premieres Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. 

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.

Tatyana McFadden, of Clarksville, Md., center, winner of the women's wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon, poses with the family of 2013 bombing victim Martin Richard, on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston. From left Henry and Bill Ri
Elise Amendola/Associated Press
April 18, 2016

McFadden Again Wins Boston Marathon

University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden has won her fourth straight women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon.  McFadden completed the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Copley Square in an official time of 1 hour, 42 minutes, 16 seconds.

A memorial to those lost on April 7, 2015 outside Redbird Arena in Normal.
Illinois State University Athletics
April 07, 2016

Remembering The ‘Redbird 7’

It was a year ago Thursday that a Cessna plane crash claimed the lives of two members of Illinois State University's athletic staff, as well as five community members.  The group was on their way back from the NCAA men's basketball championship. 

Marquee outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign before the 2015 Eberfest.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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.

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