Director Damien Chazelle discusses a concert scene with actors J.K. Simmons (Fletcher) and Miles Teller (Andrew).
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February 20, 2015

Roll Out The Red Carpet: Illinois Is Going To The Oscars

On Sunday, the red carpet will be rolled out for the Academy Awards and Illinois will have a significant presence. We’ll explore those connections beginning with Helen Estabrook, Champaign-Urbana native and the producer of Whiplash could take home as many as five Academy Awards. Finding Vivian Maier is a Chicago story written and directed by a Chicagoan. It could win best documentary….and find itself in copyright trouble. We’ll explore all that and more but first in this WILL special: Illinois at the Oscars


cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on stage
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February 19, 2015

Central High Adds Twist To ‘Mockingbird’

If you've read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, you know it's a story that centers largely on issues of race and justice. Those are themes that continue to resonate today. So, when Champaign's Central High School decided to stage a performance of Harper Lee's novel, they added a modern twist. This weekend, students will perform two versions of the play; one with a traditional cast, the other with the races of the major characters reversed.


Statues outside the Illinois Supreme Court building
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
February 19, 2015

Oral Arguments Scheduled In Pension Lawsuit

The high court agreed in December to fast-track the state's appeal of a lower-court ruling in November that the measure is unconstitutional.


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