Senator Bernie Sanders speaking at the Kellogg strike in Battle Creek, MI. [Credit: Battle Creek Shopper News, Facebook] Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at Unity Fest, an event held on Sunday, April 24 to celebrate the successful unionization vote at five Starbucks locations in Richmond, Va., by Starbucks United. TheRead More →

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, presents its popular “Flamenco Passion” performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 June and Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. These performancesRead More →

FromKALB – Randy Caspersen doesn’t describe himself as religious, but every time he visits the garden behind Mayfield Congregational Church in Sycamore, he becomes spiritually inspired. Caspersen said the Monarch Garden and Station is “a peaceful place of respite, contemplation and relaxation for all of us”. Caspersen is an assistantRead More →

The Roger Ebert Film Festival returns to Champaign on Wednesday, with a full slate of films and speakers in its 22nd year. “We’ll be showing movies that will make you laugh and make you cry, and some filled with so much music you’ll want to dance,” said Chaz Ebert, widowRead More →

Federation of Indian Associations [FIA] Chicago, 501(c)(3) status, a leading community umbrella organization — hosted spectacular, vibrant and colorful Holi celebrations marked by festive cheer interspersed with a beautifully decorated stage and venues, filled with music, of dancing and singing awash in the vibrancy of color and gallant exuberance atRead More →

JANE ARTMAN-ANDREWS Over 60 Vice President Be sure to join your Over 60 friends and our travel partner, Tri-State Travel, for a day trip to the Pella Tulip Festival. Travel back in time with us on Thursday May 5th to a European village with an authentic windmill, bright tulips andRead More →

WATERLOO — An award-winning docudrama with metro ties will premiere Saturday at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. “Sons & Daughters of Thunder,” by Mid-America Emmy-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will screen at 10:10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Collins Road Theaters in Marion.Read More →

BARRINGTON — For 26 years, school crossing guard Fred Welstead stood sentry on busy suburban streets, safely guiding children walking and cycling to and from school with a watchful eye, a gentle smile and a hand stop sign. “The kids are basically well-behaved, very courteous, and they always say ‘thankRead More →

Jupiter String Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Anglican Parish in Quincy as part of the Quincy Civic Music Association’s 2021-22 season. The program will include Haydn’s “String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No. 4”, movements 2 and 4 of “Five Folksongs in Counterpoint”Read More →

EDWARDSVILLE – Despite a pandemic, despite being an art form thought of outside the popular lexicon of the arts, Opera Edwardsville (OE) has thrived and grown, now celebrating its fifth year as an arts organization cultural and non-profit. Opera Edwardsville has consistently and professionally proven itself, bringing together world-class talentRead More →

Goodman Theater announces upcoming reading Future Labs: Cephianne’s Reflection by Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom, directed by Wardell Julius Clark. The second offering (of six planned workshops and presentations) in the second season of Future Labs, Backstrom’s new piece is written in homage to an American dialect and colorful culture found onRead More →

March 10—Balloons Over Vermilion is about kids, and the event gives back to 16 organizations and agencies committed to the health and success of Vermilion County youth and their families. Balloons Over Vermilion officials announced the winners of the 2021 Balloons Over Vermilion/Festival of Trees Impact Award 2021 at theRead More →

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Monday was the last day for those interested in bringing passenger rail to Peoria to give their opinion. In January, city leaders from Peoria, along with leaders from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), released a 10-question survey that asked residents many questions, including how oftenRead More →

FEB. 26 • Local children are invited to explore “The Many Languages ​​of Peace” at the Discovery Center, 332 Eighth Ave. South. Admission to the Discovery Center is $4 per person aged 2-64, $3 per person aged 65 and over, and free for children 1 and under as well asRead More →

On Wednesday, various registered student organizations and students flocked to the Brown Ballroom for the Illinois State University Annual Meeting winter party. Winter Fest provides on-campus organizations the opportunity to get exposure and show off what makes their clubs special. President and Founder of Ladies in PoliticsHailee Wilmoth opened upRead More →

My grandmother Lenore Hardy Billups majored in art at Newcomb College in New Orleans 1908-1913. In his office, I came across this invitation to a Mardi Gras ball at the French Opera there. We are in the middle of Mardi Gras or carnival. Many people, however, don’t appreciate the religiousRead More →

PrairieFest, the area’s popular community festival, is back June 16-19. Presented by the Park District of Oswegoland, the festival combines small-town charm with an emotional summertime celebration over Father’s Day weekend. Free concerts from a mix of national and local bands, plus entertaining performances have always been a highlight ofRead More →

LISLE, Illinois – Walking in a cold winter breeze in a local park takes on new meaning at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Multidisciplinary artist Daniel Popper’s “Human+Nature” exhibition features five sculptures connecting people and the world around them. This magnificent mother figure, titled “UMI”, stands as tall asRead More →

6-8 freshman Nick Roper with another highlight reel dunk! #d3hoops — Bob Quillman (@IWUhoopscom) January 22, 2022 WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Illinois Wesleyan basketball team bolstered a slender halftime lead with a dominant second half on Saturday in a 72-54 win over the Illinois-Wisconsin University Conference against Carroll atRead More →

Chicago Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival 1Christmas Inn(Hubbard Inn)Christmas may be over, but the Christmas spirit officially lasts until the end of the first week of January; Christmas Inn is three floors of Christmas decorations, cocktails and kitsch ’60s decor. Pro tip: There’s a “Christmas Apocalypse” on the third floor.Until JanuaryRead More →

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – On New Years Eve, the Fon du Lac Police Department held the East Peoria Illinois (FOLEPI) Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights booth, donating all proceeds to East Peoria Karson Police Officer Klyber. Klyber was struck by a car while attending another crash, guarding against trafficRead More →

Marion’s beloved educator and “matriarch of the arts,” 93-year-old Yolonde Byassee Peterson bowed at 10:18 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was escorted off the earthly stage with her step-niece, Linda Byassee, and dear neighbor, Jenna Fletcher, by her side. She was bornRead More →

TREMONT (Heart of Illinois ABC) – 40 volunteers hoisted around 400 flags Sunday in memory of Alan Sanders. Sanders was a United States Army veteran who also served the Tremont Fire Department for 50 years. The ceremony was led by “The Flagsman’s Mission Continues”, an organization that honors the sacrificesRead More →

The transition to an in-person semester during a pandemic is not easy, and requires flexibility not only on the part of Illinois State University students and faculty, but the ISU administration as well. Several members of the ISU administration appreciate their experiences and are proud of the resilience of theRead More →

CHICAGO (CBS) – The families of two young Naperville men who were killed in the stampede at the Astroworld festival in Houston earlier this month have filed wrongful death lawsuits against rapper Travis Scott and event planners, accusing them of failing do enough to prevent deadly chaos. Jake Jurinek andRead More →