(SPRINGFIELD) Frank Lloyd Wright and his fellow architects dominated the list of Top Illinois Artists and Architects as chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project. In fact, all four nominated architects made the top 10 list, reflecting the state’s leading role in building design for more than 150 years. Wright was followed on the list by sculptor Lorado Taft, then the “father of skyscrapers” Louis Sullivan, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and by sculptor Olof Krans rounding out the top five. Sculptor Preston Jackson was then followed by architect Bertrand Goldbert, painter & sculptor Theaster Gates, photographer Vivian Maier, and painter/sculptor Kerry James Marshall. Voting in the next category, top actors, is now underway online at www.IllinoisTop200.com. It’s all a part of Illinois’ Bicentennial birthday coming up December 3.
(SPRINGFIELD) Make sure you celebrate Illinois while sampling the state’s great outdoors by visiting Conservation World at the 2018 Illinois State Fair, open each day August 10 through 19 in Springfield. The Conservation World attraction is a 30-acre park with ponds, grass, shade trees, park benches, and more located on the northwest corner of the state fairgrounds, adjacent to the IDNR headquarters. Open daily from 10:00 to 7:00 with free admission the list of free activities include the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Voyageur Canoe rides, Kids Fishing Clinics, Kids Free Bowfishing, Fly Fishing Demonstrations, Youth Archery and BB Gun Shooting, and other interactive activities for all ages. Visitors can also visit the Conservation World Butterfly House, the IDNR Education Tent, visit Smokey Bear & the IDNR Forest Resources specialists, talk with IDNR Conservation Police Officers at the Law Enforcement Tent, and visit with the Illinois Green Industry Association about landscaping and at-home habitats. There will also be plenty of food & drink vendors with their items for sale, including 17th Street BBQ, a Craft Beer Tent, a Mexican Grill, Ice Cream, Shaved Ice, Kettle Korn & Pork Rinds, and home-made Root Beer. That’s all at the Illinois State Fair’s Conservation World August 10 through 19 on the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
(CHICAGO) State Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday joined with a bipartisan coalition of eighteen (18) states, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and others to submit a formal comment objecting to the Census Bureau’s decision to add a unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census form. The comment says that the Census Bureau does not need citizenship information to properly perform its function which is to count all persons in the United States without regard to citizenship. Proponents of the plan however say citizenship is the basis of what America is all about and all should be held accountable for the 2020 count.