(SPRINGFIELD) The crowdsourcing website where people seek contributions for many fundraising efforts and other activities now has a new campaign – to raise $9.7 million to keep artifacts belonging to President Abraham Lincoln in his hometown. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has turned to GoFundMe to pay a loan from 2007 that covered artifacts belonging to American’s 16th President. The GoFundMe effort, which started late last week, had raised nearly $5,000 by this past Saturday morning.
(SPRINGFIELD) One lucky karaoke star will have the chance to open for country music star and Edgar County native Brett Eldredge at this summer’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The State Fair Karaoke Contest challenges young singers around the state to show off their singing talents. Nine regional county fairs around the state will host qualifying rounds from June through July with the first and second place winners at each site to compete head-to-head at the Illinois State Fair in August. The winner will then sing two songs later that same day prior to the Brett Eldredge concert. The contest is free to enter and open to anyone at least 18 years old. For more information, check the fair’s website at www.illinois.gov/statefair.
(SPRINGFIELD) With the Memorial Day holiday weekend fast approaching, the 2018 National Safe Boating Week will continue all of this week across America. In fact each day now through Saturday, a specific safety message is featured through the National Safe Boating Council and the National Weather Service. Today’s focus is on boating under the influence, with other topics to be noted the rest of this week being distress beacons, thunderstorm safety, hurricane preparedness, and marine forecasting. The focus this past Saturday and Sunday were life jackets and fire extinguishers. All those on statewide and area waters are encouraged to take the extra time to make sure all safety measures are taken while boating.