Higher Education
4:57 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Film Has Clues About Alma Mater's Real Color

Credit wikimedia

An 8-mm color film shot in the 1940's is offering some clues about the original color of a bronze statue that is a beloved landmark at the University of Illinois.  

The 84-year-old Alma Mater statue of a robed woman flanked by figures celebrating ``Learning'' and ``Labor'' is being restored. A heavy buildup of blue-green patina has disguised its original color for decades.  

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Election 2014
4:42 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Brady, Hardiman Win Top Ballot Spots For Primary

Sen. Bill Brady will be the first Republican listed on next spring's primary ballot for governor.
Brady won a four-way lottery Wednesday to claim the coveted ballot position.
 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://tinyurl.com/ko4qusg ) that Democratic
incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn will be listed second on the Democratic side behind Tio
 Hardiman.
 
Brady, of Bloomington, will be followed on the March 18 ballot by Treasurer Dan
Rutherford of Chenoa, Hinsdale Sen. Kirk Dillard and venture
capitalist Bruce Rauner of Winnetka.
 

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Arts
12:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

When The Brain Won't Make Music

John Heasly
Credit Rich Egger/TriStates Public Radio

Acoustic guitarist John Heasly of Alexis was making a pretty good go of it playing bars and concert venues in the region.

But Heasly started finding it more and more difficult to finger pick – a style of playing in which the fingers and thumb move independently of one another.

“I just assumed it was because I wasn’t practicing enough,” Heasly said.

Yet the more he practiced, the more difficult it became to finger pick.

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Statehouse
11:48 am
Wed December 11, 2013

How The Pension Lawsuits Could Play Out

UI Law professor John Colombo
Credit University of Illinois

Several state employee unions are expected to file a lawsuit contesting Illinois' new pension measure.

A University of Illinois law professor says that action will start a process that could last as long as two years. 

John Colombo said any decisions will ultimately come from the state’s Supreme Court, but the process has to start in circuit court.

He expects unions to seek an injunction that would keep the reform plan from taking effect while the legal process plays out.

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Christmas Archives
11:29 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 11, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Wednesday... December 11th.   I'm Rich Bradley

Lets look back at the Illinois State Register in 1966.  Governor Otto Kerner is almost forgotten at the Annual Christmas Party.  On the front page of the Register... two large photos of Santa's appearance at the party... with the governor standing in the background.

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Christmas Archives
11:25 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 10, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Tuesday... December 10th.   I'm Rich Bradley... and on this day in 1961... the Illinois State Register reports the 124th Annual Governor's Christmas party for the children of the Springfield area will be held in the Armory on December 23rd.  There is a huge decorated Christmas tree inside.  The governor will attend... and plans to pass out candy to each child at the end of the event.  Oh... and Santa will also make an appearance.

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Christmas Archives
11:16 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 9, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Monday... December 9th.   I'm Rich Bradley

On this day in 1984... the Illinois Times reported the sun was shining... despite the very cold temperatures for Springfield's annual Christmas Parade.  Also in Illinois Times... a history of Sears & Roebuck Company... widely known as an excellent source for holiday gift ideas.  Included in the annual holiday book list were two of Vachel Lindsey's works…”Tree of Laughing Bells” and “The Poetry of Vachel Lindsey, Volume 3”

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Christmas Archives
11:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 8, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives... for Sunday... December 8th.   I'm Rich Bradley

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Christmas Archives
11:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Christmas Archives for December 7, 2013

This is the WUIS Christmas Archives for Saturday... December 7th.  I'm Rich Bradley.

December 7, 1971... a Tuesday... and in the Illinois State Register... an ad for Christmas trees at Goldblatt's range from two and half dollars to five and a half.  The live Canadian Balsams are touted as perfect for an old-fashioned Christmas.  Buy today... Just say “Charge it!”

Some Pleasant Plains High School students are selling handmade Christmas items at tonight's basketball game and at the Christmas choral concert on the 16th.

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