Poet Laureate Search Committee appointed to begin search

John Prine Bestowed Honorary Illinois Poet Laureate designation information provided by the Office of the Governor CHICAGO, Ill. (July 4, 2020) – Earlier this week Governor Pritzker announced the formation of the 2020 Illinois Poet Laureate Search Committee. The committee, which comprises poets, writers, and academics from across the state, will review nominations and recommend … Read more

Young local artist releases first album in unprecedented times

“I wanted to show people how much talent is here in this small town” by Jamilyn Hiskes LANSING, Ill. (July 3, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the music industry to its core. With concerts and festivals getting postponed, cancelled, and rescheduled every day, artists may not be as eager to release new music. … Read more

Theatre at the Center cancels August Special Events concerts

No need to contact the box office; staff will contact ticket holders information provided by Theatre at the Center MUNSTER, Ind. (June 25, 2020) – Indiana Governor Holcomb’s announced “phases for reopening” directive about gathering size guidelines has prompted Theatre at the Center (TATC) to cancel its scheduled August Special Events concerts. The August 21 … Read more

Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs cancelled due to COVID-19

Junior Livestock Expo to be held in September, 4-H General Project Show to proceed virtually information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 19, 2020) – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker will issue an Executive Order cancelling the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs this year. The announcement of … Read more