Our Town Danville

FAMILY THAN ANYWHERE ELSE ((JENNIFER)) NOW THESE BOYS HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME. WHY THEIR ANGELS WERE NEVER FAR AWAY…IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE ((JENNIFER)) AND…SINCE THE CIVIL WAR.. THE V-A IN DANVILLE HAS SERVED THOUSANDS OF VETERANS. A LOOK BACK AT HOW THE HEALTH CARE FACILITY HAS EVOLVED THROUGH THE YEARS BUT THEIR MISSION REMAINS THE SAME ((JENNIFER)) THEN.. ONE OF THE CITY’S OLDEST PARKS IS GETTING A MAKEOVER. WE’LL SHOW YOU WHAT NEW THINGS ARE COMING TO THE GREEN SPACE THIS IS WCIA 3 NEWS OUR TOWN DANVILLE SPONSORED BY ILLINOIS PORK PRODUCERS AND PRAIRIE COMMONS BUSINESS COLLECTIVE ((JENNIFER)) ALL THIS WEEK WE SHARED STORIES FROM OUR TOWN DANVILLE. IT’S OUR FINAL STOP OF OUR TOWN 20-20 FALL EDITION. GET READY TO ENJOY STORIES FROM THE UNIQUE PLACES AND NEIGHBORS WHO CALL THE CITY HOME ((JENNIFER)) THE V-A ILLIANA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TURNED ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO THIS MONTH. IT HAS SERVED WOUNDED VETERANS SINCE THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR. C-I-LIVING STORYTELLER ERIN VALLE LOOKS BACK AT ITS HISTORY MELISSA SPADY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, VA ILLIANA SHAWN BRANSKY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DIRECTOR “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD…” AT DANVILLE’S SPRING HILL CEMETERY. “SO COOL MELISSA SPADY IS SOLVING A MYSTERY. THIS IS AMAZING I HAD NO IDEA.. ALL OF THESE HISTORY TOURS IVE BEEN ON AND FINALLY FINALLY WE FOUND HIM. HERE LIES COLONEL ISAAC CLEMENTS THE VERY FIRST GOVERNONR OF DANVILLE’S NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS SO COOL, SO COOL ITS LIKE I CAN PUT THE ENDING TO THE STORY NOW. TODAY THAT NATIONAL HOME IS BETTER KNOWN AS THE VA ILLIANA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MELISSA GIVES HISTORY TOURS TO CAMPUS VISITORS AND GUESTS SHE OFTEN TELLS TALES OF COLONEL CLEMENTS. BUT WASN’T SURE WHERE HE WENT. YOU SEE, ISSAC WAS ORIGINALLY BURRIED AT DANVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY ON THE VA ILIIANA CAMPUS BUT WHEN HIS WIFE JOSEPHENE DIED IN 1921 ISSAC WAS MOVED TO SPRINGHILL CEMETERY THE FOLLOWING YEAR. WHERE HE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO REST NEXT TO HIS CHILDREN. 16:04:22 IT’S JUST AMAZING TO CONNECT OUR HISTORY AND STILL CARRY IT OUT TODAY OVER THE YEAR’S MELISSA’S LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE PAST…. LEANING ON PHOTOS AND PRIMARY SOURCES THAT SHOW WHAT HAS CHANGED ON THE CAMPUS WHERE SHE WORKS. AND WHAT HASN’T 16:10:58 I JUST DOVE AND RESEARCHED INTO THOSE DOCUMENTS AND STUDIED AND JUST CONTINUED TO TALK ABOUT IT AND AT THE END OF THE DAY IT BECOMES A STORY TO LIFE RONALD REGAN…. DICK VAN DYKE… AND JACK NICKLAUS ALL PEOPLE WHO’VE MADE THE TREK TO DANVILLE TO SUPPORT VETERANS AT THE VA. BUT WHY DANVILLE? THAT’S A QUESTION MELISSA’S A IMED TO ANSWER. ‘THE VA IS HERE ACTUALLY DUE TO TWO NOTEABLE POLITICIANS FROM ILLINOIS..” AT THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR– PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN RECOGNIZED THAT WOUNDED SOLDIERS WOULD NEED SOMEWHERE TO GO. A PLACE WHERE THEY COULD TREAT THEIR INJURIES, REST, AND RECOVER SO LINCOLN ESTABLISHED THE NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS. HE SIGNED THE LEGISLATION MONTHS BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR ENDED. AND BRANCHES OF THE NATIONAL HOME BEGAN TO POP UP ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IN VERMILION COUNTY– A LOCAL POLITICIAN NAMED JOSEPH CANNON WAS USING HIS POLITICIAL INFLUENCE TO BRING THE NATIONAL HOME TO DANVILLE 15:59:23 ITS AMAZING TO KNOW THAT HIS VISION IS STILL GOING STRONG AS WE ARE THE LARGEST EMPLOYER NOT ONLY IN DANVILLE, BUT ALL OF VERMILION COUNTY YOU SEEE– THESE NATIONAL HOMES HAD TO MEET CERTAIN CRITEREA. THEY HAD TO HAVE FRESH AIR, AMPLE WATER SUPPLE, AND BE A MINIMUM OF 200 ACRES THEY HAD TO BE LOCATED THREE TO FIVE MILES FROM A CITY, AND THAT CITY HAD TO BE CONNECTED VIA RAILINE,. 16:02:40 REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPH CANNON KNEW THAT DANVILLE WAS THE PERFECT PLACE BECAUSE WE MET THE CRITERA LAID OUT ON OCTOBER 13TH–1898 THE DANVILLE BRANCH BECAME THE 8TH NATIONAL HOME TO OPEN IN THE COUNTRY, AND WHAT STARTED WITH ISSAC CLEMENTS NOW BRINGS US TO TODAY’S DIRECTOR– SHAWN BRANSKY 15:50:13 IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVLEDGE TO BE PART OF THAT HERITAGE. THIS IS A HERITAGE THAT GOES BACK 122 YEARS SO TO BE A PART OF THAT LEGACY IS A PRIVLEDGE AND A PLEASUERE 16:04:D I GO BACK TO PRESIDENT LINCOLN AND HE WAS VERY THOUGHTFUL TO CARE FOR THOSE SOLDIERS COMING OUT OF THE CIVIL WAR. AND TODAY THAT IS OUR MISSION TO FIGHT FOR THE VETERANS THAT FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND DELIVERING THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE QUALITY CARE THEY DESERVE IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE ERIN VALLE WCIA3 YOUR LOCAL NEWS LEADER ((JENNIFER)) THE V-A ILLIANA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM NOT ONLY SUPPORTS VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT’S ALSO THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN VERMILION COUNTY. THAT TOO WAS PART OF

JOSEPH CANNON’S VISION FOR BRINGING IT DANVILLE ((JENNIFER)) “RALLY … RELATE AND RESOURCE AROUND THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY IN VERMILION COUNTY.” THAT’S THE MOTTO OF “STEP UP.” IT’S A GROUP TARGETING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND – OR PARENTING AND FAMILY ISSUES THEY’VE ALL COME TOGETHER TO FILL IN THE GAPS OR HELP OTHER SERVICE GROUPS. FROM MESSAGING TO MEALS … RIDES TO RECOVERY OR SUPPORTING BUSINESSES — THEY’VE FOUND WAYS TO “STEP UP” DURING ITS 3 YEARS IN EXISTENCE. THE BOARD PRESIDENT SAYS THERE ARE NEARLY 300 PEOPLE INVOLVED DEANNA WITZEL, “STEP UP” BOARD PRESIDENT WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE HAVE A LOT OF CHURCHES INVOLVED, A LOT OF BUSINESSES JUST PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING TOGETHER FROM EDUCATION TO TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ADDRESSING SOME OF THE PROBLEMS, SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY. DALE DENEAL, “STEP UP” BOARD MEMBER WE DIDN’T WANT TO REINVENT THE WHEEL. I MEAN THERE’S A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE ALREADY DOING A LOT OF GOOD THINGS, WE JUST DIDN’T NEED TO DUPLICATE THOSE THINGS AND SO BRINING EVERYBODY TOGETHER BRINGS A LOT OF SYNERGY. WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO, I THINK, ACCOMPLISH A LOT MORE BY BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER UNDER A COMMON CAUSE ((JENNIFER)) LATER THIS MONTH “STEP UP” IS PARTNERING WITH OTHERS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS TO BRING THE “RISING TIDE TRAUMA CONFERENCE” TO THE FISCHER THEATRE. THERE’S MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE ((JENNIFER)) THE OLDEST PARK IN THE CITY WAS DONATED BY A COAL COMPANY. AS PAUL CICCHINI FOUND OUT … IT’S GETTING A MAJOR MAKEOVER PAUL CICCHINI THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN RENOVATIONS HAVE BEEN HERE AT ELLSWORTH PARK FROM THE PLAYGROUND BEHIND ME TO THE WALKWAY TO THE DISC GOLF COURSE ACROSS THE STREET, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE’S MORE WORK TO BE DONE. THEY’RE ONLY ABOUT HALFWAY DONE. THE WORK IS SLIGHTLY BEYOND THE HALFWAY POINT AND WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH AN OPEN SPACE LAND ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT FROM THE STATE. DANVILLE GOT MORE THAN $370- THOUSAND DOLLARS — AND HAD TO MATCH THE MONEY — BEFORE BREAKING GROUND. BUT TODAY’S PLAYGROUNDS RESTROOM – CONCESSION BUILDING AND 9- HOLE GOLF COURSE ARE JUST THE FOUNDATIOON. A PICNIC SHELTER IS BEING BUILT NEAR THE PLAYGROUND AND WORK IS BEING DONE ALMOST DAILY. WE STILL NEED TO GET OUR BASKETBALL COURT IN. WE’RE PUTTING IN A BRAND NEW BASKETBALL COURT WITH LIGHTING. WE WILL BE DOING NEW LED LIGHTING THROUGHOUT THE PARK OR THROUGHOUT THE GRANT AREA OF THE PARK, SO THAT WILL BE PARKING LOT LIGHTING, COURT LIGHTING, LIGHTING OF THE PLAYGROUND AND SOME DECORATIVE PEDESTRIAN LIGHTING. WORK IS SCHEDULED TO BE FINISHED BY THE SPRING OF NEXT YEAR. PAUL CICCHINI REPORTING IN OT DANVILLE, PC WCIA 3 YLNL ((JENNIFER)) AT DIFFERENT POINTS IN TIME, ELLSWORTH PARK HAS BEEN HOME TO A SWIMMING BEACH, 9-HOLE GOLF COURSE AND A HORSE RACING TRACK ((JENNIFER)) TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. THIS IS FROM THE OLD HOME OF FAIR HOPE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE. IT’S A CHARITY THAT GIVES AWAY CLOTHING AND SHOES. BUT IT WAS DARK…CRAMPED…A ND ON THREE LEVELS. TOUGH ON THE VOLUNTEERS. BUT NOW THEY ARE IN A NEW HOME ON EAST VOORHEES. SOMEONE DONATED THE BUILDING. IT’S THREE TIMES THE SIZE. YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH SPACE THEY NOW HAVE. IT’S CLEAN AND BRIGHT. THEY HAVE A CHILDREN’S CORNER. THE KIDS CAN KEEP BUSY WHILE MOM OR DAD SHOPS. THEY EVEN GET TO TAKE A BOOK HOME. AND I LOVE THIS NEW SERVICE. A HAIR SALON WHERE KIDS CAN GET A FREE HAIRCUT THEY MOVED IN TO THE SPACE IN AUGUST…AND THE VOLUNTEERS ARE THRILLED BEFORE WE WERE JUST VERY CRAMPED IN THE SPACE THAT WE HAD ON MAY STREET. HERE WE ARE ALL SPREAD OUT AND PEOPLE CAN MOVE BETWEEN THE RACKS AND IT’S WONDERFUL. THE MINISTRY ALSO HAS CAR SEATS AND PACK AND PLAYS TO GIVE AWAY. THEY LET ONE FAMILY COME IN EVERY HALF HOUR WHEN THEY’RE OPEN ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS. YOU JUST NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ((JENNIFER)) THIS PICTURE WAS EMAILED TO US AS A BRIGHT SPOT. SIX PEOPLE ALL WEARING “IT’S ADOPTION DAY” T- SHIRTS I SAW IT AND NEEDED TO KNOW MORE. I’M SO GLAD I DID BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT…THIS FAMILY ARE ANGELS AMONG US TO EACH OTHER NAT YOU CAN SAY THE LOVE THESE BROTHERS HAVE FOR EACH OTHER IS OFF THE CHARTS. 12:40 ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, PROBABLY A 57. BUT IT’S THE LOVE THEIR GRANDPARENTS HAVE FOR THEM THAT’S KEPT THEM TOGETHER CARY AND ASHLEY LANE STARTED DATING IN 2015. TWO YEARS LATER, CARY’S DAUGHTER WAS LOSING HER BATTLE WITH A DRUG ADDICTION. HER CHILDREN…CAIDYN…JAY CE…AND BREIGHTON NEEDED A FOSTER HOME. 57:55 IT WAS NO HESITATION// I WOULD RATHER THEM BE HERE WITH FAMILY THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. 14:17 THEY LOVE US AND HOW I KNOW THEY LOVE US IS BECAUSE WHY WOULD THEY TAKE US IN? CARY’S DAUGHTER GOT PREGNANT AGAIN AND ONCE AGAIN THIS HOME AND THE COUPLES’ ARMS WERE OPEN. 57:21 WHEN SHE HAD THE FOURTH ONE ASHLEY SAID, “I CAN’T RAISE THREE OF THEM AND THEY ASK ME WHY YOU DIDN’T BRING OUR OTHER LITTLE BROTHER IN. 59:47 THEY’RE ALL MY LITTLE BOYS. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM ARE. EVEN MORE SPECIAL FOR ASHLEY? THREE YEARS AGO SHE FOUND OUT SHE COULDN’T HAVE CHILDREN. 00:04 I NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BIRTH MYSELF BUT I’VE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A MOM. AND THAT’S THE BEST PART. I ASKED THE BOYS WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF LIVING HERE. FOR 7 YEAR OLD JAYCE IT WAS SIMPLE. 13:47 I

GET TO PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS AND RIDE MY BIKE AND DO SCHOOL. 10-YEAR OLD CAIDYN DIDN’T HAVE TO THINK LONG 11:34 WE GET THREE MEALS A DAY INSTEAD OF TWO AND IT’S EASIER TO BREATHE AND THERE ARE PEOPLE TO PLAY WITH. TELL ME WHAT YOU MEAN IT WAS EASIER TO BREATHE. SO WHEN WE WAS IN THE HOUSE THERE WAS SO MUCH SMOKING AND SO MUCH SMOKE IT WAS HARD TO BREATHE. 03:10 THAT’S WHAT THEY NEEDED, STABILITY. THE STABILITY THEY HAVE NOW COMPARED TO WHAT THEY HAD IN THE PAST IS LIKE NIGHT AND DAY 20:45 THE LANES FINALLY GOT A COURT DATE TO MAKE THE ADOPTION OFFICIAL BUT THEY WERE WORRIED THE PANDEMIC WOULD DELAY THINGS DOWN MORE THAN IT ALREADY HAD WITH SUCH SLOW PAPERWORK. THEY PRAYED HARD THIS PLACE WOULDN’T BE SHUT DOWN AGAIN. FINALLY IN AUGUST…THREE YEARS AFTER THEY TOOK IN THE BOYS…THEY HAD THEIR ADOPTION DAY. 00:40 THAT DAY CAME AND NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE IT. IT WAS A CELEBRATION…. 12:29 IT FELT BETTER INSTEAD OF BEING BROKEN UP INTO NOT KNOWING WHERE ANYONE WAS. BUT ALSO A SAD REMINDER OF WHY IT HAPPENED 01:39 I MISS MY DAUGHTER AND HER NOT BEING A PART OF THEIR LIFE. 01:47 THAT’S THE WORST PART OF IT. THE BOYS MISS HER WE MISS HER. BUT ONE DAY WE ALL BE TOGETHER. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS AND TIME HEALS ALL. BUT UNTIL THEN…THIS FAMILY HAS EACH OTHER. 04:44 I WANTED TO BE A MOM SO BAD AND NOW I CAN BE SO THEY’RE MY LITTLE BLESSING. 04:58 I COULDN’T DO THIS WITHOUT HER I COULDN’T HAVE KEPT ALL MY GRANDKIDS TOGETHER IF IT WASN’T FOR ASHLEY ((JENNIFER)) CARY LANE TOLD ME IF HE EVER WON THE LOTTERY HE WOULD GIVE HALF TO PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT FOSTER FAMILIES THE COUPLE SAYS ANYTHING TO HELP OTHER SIBLINGS STAY TOGETHER ((JENNIFER)) ONE PUB IS MANAGING ITS BUSINESS AND KEEPING PATRONS SAFE IN A COVID WORLD. WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW. ALSO A FORMER RESIDENT COMES HOME TO SHARE HER LOVE OF DANCING AND PERFORMING. HOW SHE IS INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE SOMEONE WHO LEFT THE AREA — BUT CAME BACK TO SHARE HER TALENT WITH THE PEOPLE SHE KNOWS BEST. WCIA THREE’S JESSICA KUNZ HAS THE STORY FYENALLY RAW STUDIOS OPENED HERE IN AUGUST. IT’S THE FIRST BLACK-OWNED DANCE STUDIO IN THE AREA. OPENING DURING A PANDEMIC IS NO EASY TASK, BUT OWNER TIERRA BROWN SAYS IT WAS A RISK THAT MADE HER STRONGER THE STUDIO HOST DANCE CLASSES SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK … SHE HAS ABOUT 40 STUDENTS IT ABOUT GIVING BACK TO A PLACE THAT BROWN CALLS HOME. TIERRA BROWN/STUDIO OWNER I JUST WANTED TO BE THAT PERSON TO OFFER IT TO THE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO OFFER IT TO THE YOUTH YOU DON’T SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS AND ESPECIALLY FOR OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN KIDS, YOU DON’T SEE THAT. YOU HAVE DIFFERENT DANCE TEAMS AND DANCE STUDIOS, BUT IT’S NOT CATERING TO US. SO I OFFER HIP HOP AND MAJORETTE — SOMETHING YOU WILL NOT SEE AROUND HERE AT ALL, SO IT’S DEFINITELY GIVEN THEM SOMETHING NEW. IT’S GIVEN THEM NEW OPPORTUNITIES JUST TO KEEP INVOLVED, KEEP THEM ACTIVE AND KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE, THAT’S THE ULTIMATE GOAL NOT ONLY DOES THE STUDIO HOST DANCE CLASSES .. BUT IT ALSO HOSTS POP UPS TO GATHER SUPPORT FOR OTHER SMALL BUSINESSES. IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE JESSICA KUNZ WCIA 3 YOUR LOCAL NEWS LEADER ((JENNIFER)) IF YOU WANT TO DANCE .. OR YOU’RE INTERESTED IN THE SMALL BUSINESS POP-UPS GO TO WCIA DOT COM ((JENNIFER)) COVID-19 MAY HAVE SILENCED A CHORAL GROUP FOR NOW.. BUT THAT’S NOT STOPPING THEM FROM PLANNING THEIR NEXT PERFORMANCE. AND UP NEXT.. THE VISION BEHIND A PUB IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE… WHERE YOU WILL ONLY FIND LOCAL BREWS ON THEIR MENU

TIMES. ONE CENTRAL ILLINOIS PUB IS MANAGING THAT JUST FINE… C-I LIVING STORYTELLER ERIN VALLE HAS MORE ERIN VALLE :00 LOCATOR PETER BLACKMON :24 CO-OWNER STORYTELLER ERIN VALLE VISITS VERMILION RIVER BEER COMPANY IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE. THE PUB IS HOME TO NEARLY 100 BEERS, MOST OF WHICH COME FROM ILLINOIS AND INDIANA. CO-OWNER PETER BLACKMON SHARES HIS PASSION FOR DANVILLE’S DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY ((JENNIFER)) WE’LL CONNECT YOU TO THE PUB’S CO-OWNER STORYTELLER ERIN VALLE VISITS VERMILION RIVER BEER COMPANY IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE. THE PUB IS HOME TO NEARLY 100 BEERS, MOST OF WHICH COME FROM ILLINOIS AND INDIANA. CO-OWNER PETER BLACKMON SHARES HIS PASSION FOR DANVILLE’S DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY ((JENNIFER)) WE’LL CONNECT YOU TO THE PUB’S HOURS AND LOCATION ONLINE AT WCIA DOT COM ((JENNIFER)) ONE CHOIR IS LOOKING TO THE FUTURE TO KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING ON. PLUS WE’LL TAKE YOU INSIDE A THEATRE MORE THAN A CENTURY OLD. THEIR EVENTS MAY BE ON HOLD RIGHT NOW… BUT THEIR FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT IN OUR TOWN DANVILLE ((JENNIFER)) IT’S A TH CICCHINI EXPLAINS — YOU CAN FIND IT IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN JASON ROME, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FISCHER THEATRE IT’S BEEN VACANT FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS UNTIL LITERALLY JUST A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO A LOCAL PHILANTROPIST, JULIUS W HEGELER II, OFFERED TO COME IN WITH THE FINANCING, WHICH IS WHEN ALL OF THE RESTORATION THAT YOU SEE, WHICH HAS REALLY

PAINTED THE PLACE BACK UP AND MADE IT USABLE AGAIN, HAS MADE IT HAPPEN. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON ROME SAYS … IT TOOK 12 MONTHS … 2 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS FROM START TO FINISH. IT WAS A MAJOR PROJECT. THE JULIUS W HEGELER II FOUNDATION CHIPPED IN SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $5 MILLION TO GET A PLACE LIKE THIS LOOKING AND FUNCTIONING LIKE IT IS RIGHT NOW THE THEATRE WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 18-84 AS THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE BEFORE BEING SOLD TO LOUIS FISCHER IN 19-12. THE DOORS WERE EVENTUALLY CLOSED IN 1981 BEFORE A GROUP OF ACTORS INCLUDING GENE HACKMAN JERRY AND DICK VAN DYKE — AMONG OTHERS — CAME TOGETHER TO TRY AND SAVE IT. JASON ROME, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FISCHER THEATRE BACK IN THE 80S AND 90S, RIGHT AFTER THE THEATRE WAS ORIGINALLY CLOSED, SOME OF THE STARS ORIGINALLY FROM DANVILLE HAD COME BACK TO TOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON THE SAME STAGE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE THEATRE. THEY RAISED $400- THOUSAND DOLLARS — BUT CHANGES TO STATE GRANT FUNDING MEANT THE MONEY RAISED WAS JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP THE BUILDING STANDING UNTIL THE HEGELER FOUNDATION STEPPED IN — AND THEY’RE NOT DONE YET THERE’S A LOT OF THE PRACTICAL THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE NECESSARY TO GET US WHERE WE WANT TO BE AND FRANKLY WHERE THE COMMUNITY THINK WE ALREADY ARE JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE THEATRE ALREADY LOOKS. IF YOU LOOK ABOVE US A TRADITIONAL GRID SYSTEM AND SUPERSTRUCTURE THAT YOU WOULD HANG LINE SETS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. RIGHT NOW, IF YOU WERE TO LOOK UP WITH THE CAMERA, YOU WOULD SEE ORIGINAL, LIKE 1912 TIMBERS AND THEY’D STILL HOLD SOME WEIGHT, AND WOULD DO A GOOD JOB, BUT NOT WHAT A MODERN PACKAGE WOULD REQUIRE IT SIMPLY DOESN’T MEET THE NEEDS OF A MODERN BAND’S LIGHTING OR BROADWAY SHOW. THE THEATRE ALSO LACKS A GREEN ROOM AND DRESSING ROOM UNDERNEATH THE STAGE FLOOR — MEANING THERE ARE STILL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RENOVATIONS LEFT. BUT FOR NOW — THE SHOW GOES ON. WE ARE FIRST AND FOREMOST A THEATRE AND A PERORMING ARTS CENTER IT’S A HISTORIC THEATRE AND A HISTORIC STAGE. WE DO EVERYTHING FROM FILMS, TO CONCERTS, BANDS, THAT THING THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HAS PLAYED HERE ALREADY. REPORTING IN OT DANVILLE, PC WCIA3 YLNL ((JENNIFER)) THE FISCHER THEATRE HAS ALSO HOSTED PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, YOGA CLASSES AND MORE ((JENNIFER)) ONE GROUP HAS BEEN SERENADING THE COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS LISTEN TO THIS KEEP THE WHOLE WORLD SINGING, ALL DAY LONG (ALL DAY LONG) THIS IS THE DANVILLE BARBERSHOP CHORUS IT’S MADE UP OF DOZENS OF MEN — OF ALL AGES. THEY PERFORM SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR AROUND THE COMMUNITY. THE PANDEMIC HAS STOPPED THEM FROM DOING THAT .. WHICH HAS BEEN TOUGH THEIR DIRECTOR SAYS THEY LOVE SINGING TOGETHER MARTY LINDVAHL/DIRECTOR THE GUYS, IT’S LIKE A BROTHERHOOD TO THEM. THEY ALL BELONG TO A BARSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY. AND IT’S INTERNATIONAL, THERE’S PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT SING BARBERSHOP HARMONY. SO IT’S SORT OF ITS OWN UNIQUE LITTLE BROTHERHOOD AND IT’S A GREAT OUTLET IN DANVILLE FOR GUYS THAT LIKE TO SING TO PARTICIPATE IN — AND THE FELLOWSHIP IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ((JENNIFER)) IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHORUS — OR HOW YOU CAN JOIN — VISIT WCIA DOT COM ((JENNIFER)) TO SEE ALL OF THIS WEEK’S OUR TOWN DANVILLE HEAD OVER TO W-C-I-A DOT COM THANKS FOR WATCHING OUR TOWN DANVILLE HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILLINOIS PORK PRODUCERS AND PRAIRIE COMMONS BUSINESS COLLECTIVE This home is equipped