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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 10, 2012

Listing of 9/11 Memorial Observances

By Jim Meadows

Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Here is a roundup of some of the events being held to remember that day in east central Illinois.

  • 7:45 AM, U of I Quad, Urbana

   Volunteers ranging from students to elected officials will begin placing small U-S flags on the lawn of the Quad, in memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The name of a victim will be attached to each flag. A memorial vigil will follow on the Quad at 8:30 PM. Sponsored by the UIUC College Republicans and the Illini Conservative Union.

  • 7:46 AM, Smith Memorial Hall, 805 S Matthews Ave, U of I campus, Urbana

   Memorial Concert presented by the university’s School of Music. The Jupiter String Quartet will perform music of Ravel and Beethoven. The concert is timed to start at the moment the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th. The audience is asked to enter and leave in silence.

  • 8 AM, Police & Fire Memorial, West Side Park, corner of Church & State Streets, Champaign.

   The Champaign Police and Fire Departments will hold a brief memorial ceremony.

  • 8 AM, VFW Jewell Whyte Post 728, 8 Pine Street, Danville

    9/11 prayer breakfast.

  • 4PM – 7:30 PM, American Legion Post 201, 201 Prospect Pl., Danville

   Patriot Day chicken and noodle dinner. Price: $6

  • 6 PM, Paxton Firehouse, 310 N Market St, Paxton

   Remembrance Day Program; guest speaker: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

  • 6:30 PM, Wesley United Methodist Church & Foundation, Green Street, on U of I campus, Urbana

      Students will package meals to fight local hunger, and take part in an interfaith dialog. Sponsored by Interfaith in Action, the Muslim Students Association, Illini Hillel and the Sikh Students Association in partnership with Illini Fighting Hunger.

  • 7 PM, Daum Ampitheater at Kiwanis Park, Charleston

   Patriot Day Concert in the Park, featuring the Coles County Barbershop Chorus.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 17, 2012

Remembering Longtime Musician, Instructor Dan Perrino

By Jeff Bossert
Dan Perrino was former University of Illinois faculty member and Urbana High School band director.

A longtime contributor to Champaign-Urbana’s music scene, and arts education has died.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 25, 2012

Danville Building Makes State’s Historic List

The tallest building in Danville is on this year's top ten list of endangered places from the preservation group Landmarks Illinois..

The Bresee Tower located at 925 N. North Vermilion Street was built in 1917 as the First National Bank, and it has been vacant since 2006. The owners of it cannot afford to renovate it, but that hasn't stopped the county, city, and other local groups from working out a plan to preserve the property.

Dana Schaumberg, who is the executive director of Downtown Danville Incorporated, said there has already been talk about ways to bring the building back to life.

"The first floor would be really a near place to have a restaurant," she said. "There's actually like a little Mezzanine levels where you could have little private dining areas, and then also office space for the middle floor. And then the higher floors can be higher-end residential."

This year's list of endangered historic places in the state includes the usual mix of farmhouses, residences and government buildings. But it also includes five neighborhood schools.

The schools are Enos Elementary School in Springfield, Franklin Elementary School in Jacksonville, Pekin Community High School West Campus, El Paso-Gridley High School, and Harrisburg High School, but they represent similar buildings across the state.

Landmarks Illinois, the non-profit group that publishes the annual list of endangered places, said saving historic schools can be a particularly hard sell.

Jean Follett is the director of Landmarks Illinois. She said leaders would rather be able to point to a new school ... a monument, she calls it.

"It's great for them to be able to leave office and say that they've built this many new schools," Follett said. "Nobody's going to care if they say they've renovated 20."

Illinois' school construction law only allows funding to replace aging schools. A proposal under consideration in the House would change the law to allow funding to rehab such schools.

Two modernist buildings also made it on the list. among the 10-most endangered historic places in Illinois. Follett said mid-20th-century structures are increasingly at risk.

Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago ... with its curving walls and oval, porthole windows ... does not seem like an obvious candidate for historic preservation.

"Initially, I think, when we started talking about Prentice Hospital, people were thinking it was one of the ten ugliest buildings in Chicago and why were we trying to save it?" Follett said.

Follett has been trying to save Prentice because it was designed by Bertrand Goldberg, who was a Chicago architect with an international reputation .

This year's top-ten endangered list also includes Blair House, a Lake Bluff residence that was celebrated when it was built in 1955.

"We're really finding a lot of mid-century modern things that need our help," Follett said. "Because they are kind of the ugly ducklings in a lot of people's minds, and they are unprotected for the most part."

Both Prentice and Blair are vacant, and face demolition to make way for new construction.

Other sites to make it on the list include the residential Hotel Guyon in Chicago, Maywood Home for Soldiers' Widows, Fox River Country Day School in Elgin, Freeport City Hall, Bruch-Guertler House in Alton, and Marbold Farmstead in Greenview.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2012

Former President Carter Speaks at Nobel Laureate Conference

Former President Jimmy Carter says the United States needs to find a way to be a leader in global peace.

Carter spoke Monday in Chicago at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Nobel summit has taken place for a dozen years, but this is the first time it's been held on this continent. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and Carter are just a few of the Nobel Peace Prize winners expected at the conference.

Carter says that the United States has a responsibility to promote the values of the Nobel Peace Prize winners because the U.S. is the only global superpower. Carter also spoke about economic embargos.

The conference comes just weeks before Chicago hosts President Barack Obama and foreign leaders for the NATO summit.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2012

Former President Carter Speaks at Nobel Laureate Conference

Former President Jimmy Carter says the United States needs to find a way to be a leader in global peace.

Carter spoke Monday in Chicago at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Nobel summit has taken place for a dozen years, but this is the first time it's been held on this continent. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and Carter are just a few of the Nobel Peace Prize winners expected at the conference.

Carter says that the United States has a responsibility to promote the values of the Nobel Peace Prize winners because the U.S. is the only global superpower. Carter also spoke about economic embargos.

The conference comes just weeks before Chicago hosts President Barack Obama and foreign leaders for the NATO summit.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 20, 2012

Rare 1792 Penny Sells for $1.15 Million

When is a penny worth $1.15 million? When it is a rare experimental penny minted in 1792.

The unusual coin was auctioned off Thursday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in suburban Chicago.

Officials with Heritage Auctions say Kevin Lipton of Beverly Hills, Calif., bought the penny on behalf of a group of unnamed investors. The winning bid was $1 million, but the investors also must pay the auction house's 15 percent commission.

Heritage Executive Vice President Todd Imhof says the coin is made with a copper ring that surrounds a small plug of silver, which was added to make the penny heavier.

Imhof says the coin was never actually put into circulation and only 14 examples of the coin are known to exist.

(AP Photo/Heritage Auction Galleries)

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