Sean Crawford http://wuis.org en "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical http://wuis.org/post/civil-war-becomes-downtown-musical <p>You may know the story of the war between the states.&nbsp; But what is often overlooked is the emotional drama the period had on those who lived through it.</p><p>The musical "The Civil War" brings that part of the story to the stage in downtown Springfield starting Thursday night.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's not a history lesson, although you learn a lot," Co-director Phil Funkenbusch said. "It's really a concert theatre piece."</p><p>"Instead of telling the story of the Civil War, it's really telling the stories about the people involved in the war."</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 29555 at http://wuis.org "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical Glenwood Grad Named New UIS Softball Coach http://wuis.org/post/glenwood-grad-named-new-uis-softball-coach <p>The University of Illinois Springfield has announced Shannon Nicholson will be the school's new softball coach.&nbsp;</p><p>Nicholson is from Chatham.&nbsp; She spent the past six years at Illinois State, most recently as the pitching coach there.</p><p>“Being a head coach at such a great Institution is a true privilege and I can’t wait to get started," Nicholson said in a news release.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:22:58 +0000 Sean Crawford 29479 at http://wuis.org Glenwood Grad Named New UIS Softball Coach Get "All Shook Up" At The Springfield Muni http://wuis.org/post/get-all-shook-springfield-muni <p>If you love Elvis, get ready for the next <a href="http://www.themuni.org/">Springfield Muni</a> production.&nbsp; All Shook Up begins a 3 week run Friday night.<br /><br />We had a chance to speak with Jacob Deters, an SHG grad who plays "Dennis", Glenwood grad Sophie Lanser, who portrays "Natalie/Ed" and the director Anna Bussing.&nbsp; It's her first time directing, but she's been part of the Muni family for years, first appearing as a kid on the lakeside stage.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Deters and Lanser also give us a sample of the dialogue and perform a song.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28947 at http://wuis.org Get "All Shook Up" At The Springfield Muni Sangamon Auditorium Bringing In New Acts, Old Favorites http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-auditorium-bringing-new-acts-old-favorites <p>The 2014-2015 entertainment lineup at the Sangamon Auditorium is a mix of the old and new.&nbsp;</p><p>From classic rock like the Moody Blues and classic comedy from Bill Cosby to lesser known performers with unique styles and Broadway shows.</p><p>Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn visited with WUIS' Sean Crawford on Illinois Edition to preview the upcoming season.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>You can find a list of all the performers and ticket information <a href="http://www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/">here.</a></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28605 at http://wuis.org Sangamon Auditorium Bringing In New Acts, Old Favorites Record Month For Home Sales In Area http://wuis.org/post/record-month-home-sales-area <p>The number of home sales in the Springfield area set a record last month.&nbsp; The average price per home was also an all time high.<br /><br />The real estate market continues to recover, coming out of the recession.<a href="http://www.seehouses.com/">&nbsp; The Capital Area Association of Realtors</a> says June numbers show a nearly 30 percent jump in homes being sold, compared to the same period a year ago.&nbsp; And it's a good time be a seller.&nbsp; The median home sale price was above $136,000.&nbsp; Both are all time marks. &nbsp;<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28873 at http://wuis.org Record Month For Home Sales In Area Unearthing A French-Canadian Mystery http://wuis.org/post/unearthing-french-canadian-mystery <p>Archaeological research has turned up some interesting finds in St. Charles, Missouri.&nbsp;</p><p>Old living floors for two buildings have been identified and one of the buildings is believed to be associated with the town's founder, Louis Blanchette. The site dates back to around 1770.<br /><br />Dr. Steve Dasovich, Director of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Lindenwood University, his students and volunteers have been doing the research.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28611 at http://wuis.org Unearthing A French-Canadian Mystery Flashing Yellow Arrows Coming To Wabash Ave. http://wuis.org/post/flashing-yellow-arrows-coming-wabash-ave <p>Traffic signals designed to prevent accidents are being installed on Springfield's west side.<br /><br />Flashing yellow arrows will display at several intersections along Wabash Avenue, including at the White Oaks mall entrances.<br />The state Department of Transportation says the arrows have resulted in significant reductions in crashes where they are in place in other areas.&nbsp; Statistics show intersections account for more than 30 percent of accidents. &nbsp;<br /> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 28028 at http://wuis.org Flashing Yellow Arrows Coming To Wabash Ave. Tim Landis: Video Gambling; Workforce Job Shifts; Parsons Ordered To Court http://wuis.org/post/tim-landis-video-gambling-workforce-job-shifts-parsons-ordered-court <p>On this week's WUIS/State Journal-Register Business Report, the SJ-R's Tim Landis talks about efforts to slow the growth of video gambling in Springfield.</p><p>We also hear how one company is adding jobs at the same location another firm has been making layoffs and THR and Associates founder Jeff Parsons is told to report to court:</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:56:11 +0000 Sean Crawford 27911 at http://wuis.org Tim Landis: Video Gambling; Workforce Job Shifts; Parsons Ordered To Court Springfield Man Created Child Safety Program http://wuis.org/post/springfield-man-created-child-safety-program <p>Mark Bott had the idea for Operation Kidsafe 11 years ago.&nbsp; Since then, more than 1 million children have participated.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.kidsafeprints.com/">program </a>is free.&nbsp; It allows kids to be photographed and fingerprinted and lets parents obtain other safety information.&nbsp; The parents are handed a document that can be updated.&nbsp;&nbsp; No personal information is given and there is no databasing.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:11:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 27462 at http://wuis.org Springfield Man Created Child Safety Program Macon County Student Finishes 13th In National Spelling Bee http://wuis.org/post/macon-county-student-finishes-13th-national-spelling-bee <p>Today is officially "Yasir Hasnain Day" in the village of Forsyth.&nbsp; It's in honor of the incoming freshman student's 13th place finish in the recent Scripps National Spelling Bee.&nbsp;</p><p>It was Yasir's fourth time in the competition and his highest finish. &nbsp; The soon to be freshman student said he had fun and, despite being in competition with one another, friendships were made.</p><p>"When I made it to the semifinals... when they had commercial breaks, we would talk about random stuff like the (NBA) Heat and the Pacers games," he said.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:43:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 27056 at http://wuis.org Macon County Student Finishes 13th In National Spelling Bee Stephen Bardo Tells All In "Flyin' Illini" http://wuis.org/post/stephen-bardo-tells-all-flyin-illini <p>It's hard to believe 25 years has passed since the University of Illinois men's basketball Final Four team was on the court.&nbsp; The team known as the Flyin' Illini.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That's also the name of a book by the former point guard of the team Stephen Bardo, who works now as a Big Ten Network analyst.&nbsp; And it has ruffled feathers, with criticisms of some players and coaches.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 27088 at http://wuis.org Stephen Bardo Tells All In "Flyin' Illini" Kincaid Mounds Still Holding Secrets http://wuis.org/post/kincaid-mounds-still-holding-secrets <p>Archaeological work at site that straddles Massac and Pope counties in deep southern Illinois has been a decades-long project. albeit on an intermittent basis. &nbsp; Kincaid Mounds is the location where Native Americans that were part of the&nbsp; Mississippian culture lived and worked starting around 1000 years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Brian Butler, Past Director of the Center for Archaeological Investigations and Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will discuss some of the more recent discoveries this week.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 26743 at http://wuis.org Kincaid Mounds Still Holding Secrets Ringing In The 53rd International Carillon Festival This Week http://wuis.org/post/ringing-53rd-international-carillon-festival-week <p>Springfield will play host to a world class music event starting Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a href="http://carillon-rees.org/Events/Carillon-Festival">International Carillon Festival</a> brings some of the best on the instrument to Washington Park. &nbsp;</p><p>Springfield Park District Carillonneur Robin Austin will be among the performers, along with Christian McWhirter, who researched music to be performed Wednesday night, a program titled "Lincoln and the Music He Loved."</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 26307 at http://wuis.org Ringing In The 53rd International Carillon Festival This Week Ill. Coal Industry: EPA Emission Regulations "Unfair" http://wuis.org/post/ill-coal-industry-epa-emission-regulations-unfair <p>The head of an Illinois coal industry trade group is panning President Barack Obama's plans for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. &nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the proposed regulations on Monday in an effort to cut power-plant carbon dioxide emissions. The Illinois Coal Association's Phil Gonet calls them ``unfair.'' He says the rules could squeeze the supply of U.S. electricity, raising rates.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:25:19 +0000 Sean Crawford 26467 at http://wuis.org Ill. Coal Industry: EPA Emission Regulations "Unfair" 42nd Street At The Little Theatre On The Square http://wuis.org/post/42nd-street-little-theatre-square <p>Sullivan, Illinois is quite a distance from Broadway.&nbsp; But this small east central Illinois community is the unlikely home of the only professional theatre between Chicago and St. Louis.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Little Theatre On The Square has been home to quality productions for nearly 60 years. &nbsp;<br /><br />Starting this week, another great show is on the schedule and it features Springfield's own Gus Gordon.&nbsp; He'll play Julian Marsh in 42nd Street.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:48:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 26277 at http://wuis.org 42nd Street At The Little Theatre On The Square ALPLM Legislation Won't Be Called For Senate Vote This Spring http://wuis.org/post/alplm-legislation-wont-be-called-senate-vote-spring <p>Any change in oversight for the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will have to wait.&nbsp;&nbsp; Legislation that would have taken the facility away from the authority of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has stalled in the Illinois Senate. &nbsp;<br /><br />Rikeesha Phelon, a spokesperson for the Senate President, says the measure won't be called this spring.&nbsp; This decision comes after calls for more study.&nbsp; The plan could be revived in the fall session, following the election later this year.<br /> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:22:15 +0000 Sean Crawford 26291 at http://wuis.org ALPLM Legislation Won't Be Called For Senate Vote This Spring Theatre In The Park New Season Begins http://wuis.org/post/theatre-park-new-season-begins <p>If taking in the arts in the great outdoors interests you, check out Theatre in the Park at Lincoln's&nbsp; New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. The Diary of Anne Frank kicks off the new season Friday night, the first of 6 performances.</p><p>Kari Catton is Executive Director of <a href="http://www.theatreinthepark.net/index.html">Theatre In The Park.</a>&nbsp; "It's a piece of history that I believe everybody should know about.&nbsp; And when we choose our plays out there, we do think about 'Would Abraham Lincoln like to have seen this play?"</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 25783 at http://wuis.org Theatre In The Park New Season Begins Film Recounts The Lincoln Memorial Garden Designer's Life http://wuis.org/post/film-recounts-lincoln-memorial-garden-designers-life <p>Jens Jensen's work continues on more than 60 years after his death.&nbsp; The influential&nbsp; landscape architect is remembered as a conservationist.&nbsp; His vision is on display at<a href="http://www.lincolnmemorialgarden.org"> Lincoln Memorial Garden</a> in Springfield, which he designed. &nbsp;<br /><br />On Wednesday June 4, a screening of the film<a href="http://www.jensjensenthelivinggreen.org/"> "Jens Jensen: The Living Green"</a> will take place at UIS in Brookens Auditorium at 7 p.m.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24978 at http://wuis.org Film Recounts The Lincoln Memorial Garden Designer's Life Effort To Mark Historic Trees At Oak Ridge Cemetery http://wuis.org/post/effort-mark-historic-trees-oak-ridge-cemetery <p>You can take a "Spirited Stroll Into The Past" this Saturday afternoon at Oak Ridge Cemetery.&nbsp; <a href="http://lincolntomb.org/">The Lincoln Monument Association</a> has an event that is designed to raise funds to mark historic trees at the site.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>From 1-4 p.m.,&nbsp; you can tour and hear about some of those trees, visit the newly renovated Lincoln's Tomb and hear the Springfield Municipal Band perform.&nbsp; Ice cream and cake will be sold.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 25607 at http://wuis.org Effort To Mark Historic Trees At Oak Ridge Cemetery Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur http://wuis.org/post/unemployment-falls-springfield-decatur <p>Unemployment in the Springfield metro area last month dropped to its lowest level in 6 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; The rate of 5.7 % is below both the state and national averages.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Springfield area added 2,000 jobs last month, mostly in construction, educational and health services and retail.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:52 +0000 Sean Crawford 25704 at http://wuis.org Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur Survey Finds Positive Economic Outlook In Sangamon County http://wuis.org/post/survey-finds-positive-economic-outlook-sangamon-county <p></p><p>Sangamon County employers have a positive outlook about the economy.&nbsp; The University of Illinois Springfield <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">Survey Research Office</a> polls businesspeople twice a year for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</p><p>This spring's results mark the first time since 2012 that expectations were as high.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, just over half of&nbsp; those responding expected employment to stay the same in the county in the next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:25:42 +0000 Sean Crawford 25643 at http://wuis.org Survey Finds Positive Economic Outlook In Sangamon County Business Report: Esquire Theater Future, Ross Isaac Closes And Joe Rogers' Chili To Re-Open http://wuis.org/post/business-report-esquire-theater-future-ross-isaac-closes-and-joe-rogers-chili-re-open <p>Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, joins WUIS' Sean Crawford for this week's business report.</p><p>They discuss how the clock is ticking for the former Esquire Theatre property at MacArthur Boulevard and South Grand Avenue, news involving a pair of restaurants and a court weighs in on Ameren's big project for a transmission line across central Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:54:24 +0000 Sean Crawford 25559 at http://wuis.org Business Report: Esquire Theater Future, Ross Isaac Closes And Joe Rogers' Chili To Re-Open UIS Announces First Athletics Hall Of Fame Class http://wuis.org/post/uis-announces-first-athletics-hall-fame-class <p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 25481 at http://wuis.org UIS Announces First Athletics Hall Of Fame Class Mumps Case Involving District 186 Employee http://wuis.org/post/mumps-case-involving-district-186-employee <p>Springfield District 186 says an employee had a confirmed case of mumps.&nbsp; The district was notified late Friday.&nbsp; Officials say the employee had NOT been in contact with any students during the time of being contagious. &nbsp;<br /><br />The employee has not been identified, nor the location where they work.&nbsp; Staff who were in contact with the individual have been notified.<br /> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:23:18 +0000 Sean Crawford 25478 at http://wuis.org Mumps Case Involving District 186 Employee "Curb Your Car" Next Week http://wuis.org/post/curb-your-car-next-week <p>The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission wants you to leave the car at home next week.&nbsp; Instead, think about biking, walking, running or using the bus. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.co.sangamon.il.us/Departments/RegionalPlanning/Active_Transportation.asp">Curb Your Car Week</a> begins Monday and several business are offering incentives. There is also a group ride from Washington Park on Wednesday morning, May 21.&nbsp; A night ride that goes through downtown is on Saturday May 24.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:13:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 25193 at http://wuis.org "Curb Your Car" Next Week WUIS Engage: Chris Farrell Discusses The Impact Of Education On The Economy http://wuis.org/post/wuis-engage-chris-farrell-discusses-impact-education-economy <p>On May 2, WUIS held an engagement event at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.&nbsp; It featured <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/people/chris-farrell">Chris Farrell</a>, Economics Editor for the Marketplace programs and Business Week.&nbsp;</p><p>He touched on several education related topics and gave his views.&nbsp;</p><p>"I think education and local economic development are two sides of the same coin," Farrell said. "When someone says what should we do to grow our economy, simply say education."</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24644 at http://wuis.org WUIS Engage: Chris Farrell Discusses The Impact Of Education On The Economy Raise A Cup To The "Black Drink" http://wuis.org/post/raise-cup-black-drink <p>Imagine a caffeinated concoction that, when ingested, resulted in bouts of vomiting.&nbsp; You might prefer to stick with your gourmet coffee.</p><p>But the "Black Drink" as it is known was part of a ritual. The vomiting was done for purity.&nbsp; It turns out, early societies imbibed.&nbsp; Even the <a href="http://cahokiamounds.org/">Cahokia</a> civilization about 1000 years ago.&nbsp; That's roughly 500 years earlier than records of consumption elsewhere.&nbsp; Research has found residue in ceremonial cups that confirm the Black Drink was used at Cahokia.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24800 at http://wuis.org Raise A Cup To The "Black Drink" Pre-K Teacher Named Educator Of The Year http://wuis.org/post/pre-k-teacher-named-educator-year <p style="margin-left:4.3pt;">Dee Dee Duffy has been teaching in District 186 for 25 years.&nbsp; Monday she was honored as the 2014 Horace Mann Educator of the Year.&nbsp; Duffy is an Early Start Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Early Learning Center.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:4.3pt;">Also, Nichole Heyen, principal of Lincoln Magnet Middle School, was named Administrator of the Year. She's been in District 186 for 14 years.</p><p style="margin-left:4.3pt;">Both were honored at a luncheon ceremony.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Sean Crawford 24972 at http://wuis.org Pre-K Teacher Named Educator Of The Year District 186 Backs State Funding Change http://wuis.org/post/district-186-backs-state-funding-change <p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24706 at http://wuis.org District 186 Backs State Funding Change New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus http://wuis.org/post/new-chamber-president-says-he-will-keep-local-focus <p>Chris Hembrough said he wasn't looking for a new job.&nbsp; He's been the Executive Director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past 7 years.</p><p>"I wasn't looking around, but sometimes opportunities come your way, especially when trusted folks give you a lead of advice. So I threw my hat in the ring," Hembrough said.</p><p>Hembrough was selected as the new President and CEO of the <a href="http://www.gscc.org/">Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce</a>, starting July 1.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24598 at http://wuis.org New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus