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Central Illinois Ballet

This week, we're talking with Richard Smith and Brett Benedict of the Central Illinois Ballet. The company is in its debut season, and they're presenting two performances of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker." We talk a little bit about the new company, and about finding a distinctive "take" on a work that's performed so often. We also ask how dancers feel about performing "The Nutcracker" so frequently.

Performances are Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria.

ICC appoints new interim president

Dec 3, 2015
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Illinois Central College has a new interim president.

The board of trustees Wednesday unanimously appointed Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance Bruce Budde to the position, effective January 1, 2016.

Budde replaces William Tammone, who recently resigned to take a position in Colorado. 

ICC and Lincoln College ink a new deal

Jul 29, 2015
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Illinois Central College has a new agreement with Lincoln College- Normal to offer students an accelerated bridge baccalaureate program. The ABE program offers 7 different bachelor’s degrees. ICC is the third campus to add the Lincoln College ABE program. Dr. David Gerlach is the President of Lincoln College. He says it will help working professionals with associate degrees in Central Illinois finish bachelor's degrees. “Students will take one course at a time and they will move through their 

ICC among eight community colleges to receive federal grant

Jul 15, 2015
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Illinois Central College in East Peoria is among seven state community colleges to receive a share of $2 million in federal funding.

The grant was announced Wednesday by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), as part of the TRIO Student Support Services Program.

Bustos says the grants give financial support to students from low-income families first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities.

New VP of Development for ICC

Jun 3, 2015

  Illinois Central College has a new chief development officer for its Education Foundation. John Mosser, is coming from Findlay, Ohio. The Evanston, Illinois native has nearly 15 years of experience leading fundraising campaigns and engagement programs for alumni, parents, business organizations and friends. He holds a bachelor’s degree in in business administration from Southern Illinois University, a master’s in public administration from Northern Illinois and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

ICC names interim

May 5, 2015

An Illinois Central College Administrator has been tapped to be the interim school president.  The ICC Board of Trustees named Provost Dr. William Tammone as interim president while a search for a new president begins. The move comes after President John Erwin announced his retirement last week. It took effect May 1.

ICC Theatre presents "All in the Timing"

Apr 17, 2015
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This week, we talk with Doug Rosson, one of the directors of Illinois Central College's production of "All in the Timing." The show is a collection of six short plays by David Ives, each of which explores ideas about chance and variability. Rosson explains the premises behind some of those pieces. He also talks about the logistics of organizing a production that includes a large cast, working on multiple scripts, with three directors. And he talks about why David Ives is so frequently produced in American theatres.

ICC offers nurse certificate for military medics

Feb 27, 2015

Military medics have an opportunity to become Licensed Practical Nurses thanks to a new Illinois Central College program.

BU and ICC team up to help international students

Feb 2, 2015

Bradley University and Illinois Central College are hoping to attract more international students with a new partnership. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding for BU undergraduate and graduate international students to study English as a Second Language at ICC.

Cornerstone Academy presents the story of Dracula

Oct 30, 2014
Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts

This week, we're talking with Rebekah von Rathonyi, Artistic Director of the Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts. They're presenting "Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side," Friday night at 7:30 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. It's the first time the work has been presented in the Peoria area since 2004.

Illinois Central College is hosting its 40th annual Power Show Tuesday. The event encourages area high school students toward careers in the automotive and diesel industries. 

Illinois Central College is working to get more people prepared for careers in highway construction. The college is offering informational sessions this week on its Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

The 12-week curriculum offers classroom learning, skills labs and job site experience. Monica Arbuckle is the Coordinator for the program. She says it aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on state road projects. She says many people in these categories don’t have the basic skills to get construction trades jobs.

“They have no idea that you have to be on time, so we practice that a lot in this class. A lot of people don’t realize how much hard work it is working out there, working long hours, and working in extreme weather conditions. So this class, we teach them a lot of that, and we basically give them those hands-on skills that they need to be successful in construction,” said Arbuckle.

Arbuckle says those completing the construction careers training program will be trained to find jobs as laborers, electricians, ironworkers and bricklayers.

Applicants must attend one of the informational sessions. They also must be 18-year old or older, have a valid driver's license, a high school diploma or GED, provide copy of birth certificate, consent to taking the Test of Adult Basic Education exam, and consent to a drug test.

New PHA program helps residents develop career skills

May 15, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger

A new Peoria Housing Authority program is helping some Harrison and Taft Homes residents pursue medical careers.

"Humpty Dumpty" provides intense theatre experience

Apr 23, 2014
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Illinois Central College closes its current theatre season with Humpty Dumpty,” which uses the children’s nursery rhyme as a metaphor for contemporary life. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”

ICC event will honor Fred Stobaugh

Mar 14, 2014
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This week, we're talking with Jacob Colgan, about "An Evening with Fred." The event honors Peoria's Fred Stobaugh, who became a YouTube sensation, and the oldest songwriter to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with his song, "Oh Sweet Lorraine." Colgan talks about discovering Stobaugh through a songwriting contest, and about the love story that inspired the song. The event also features performances by the ICC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Larry Harms Trio and others. It takes place Saturday night at 7:00 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria

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The musical “Working” presents a multi-faceted look at work and its role in American life. A production of the musical is now on stage at Illinois Central College. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Out and About - November 29, 2013

Nov 29, 2013
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We're talking with Loyd Kirby, from the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center. They're presenting Chicago-based comedy troupe The Second City, with their "Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue." It's The Second City's third appearance at ICC in the last several years. The performance features improv and sketch comedy based on familiar holiday situations. The performance is Saturday night at 7:30 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria.

Illinois Central College has an offering to help new and returning students register for fall semester.

Illinois Central College and Arts-Partners of Central Illinois are looking for community input to form a Tri-County Arts and Culture Plan. The groups are holding a series of public sessions to gather input on area strengths and opportunities for growth in the arts. Chris Gray is the Dean of the Department of Arts and Communication at ICC. He says the plan aims to make Peoria a place that people want to live, work and function:

Review: "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)"

Apr 19, 2013

The play “Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)” provides a comedic look at two well-known Shakespeare tragedies. Cara Rosson has a review of a production currently running at Illinois Central College, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Review - "Rashomon"

Feb 27, 2013

A murder trial becomes the basis for questions about credibility and truth in the classic play “Rashomon.” A production of the play opened last weekend at Illinois Central College Theatre. Cara Rosson has this review for WCBU, and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of WCBU or the Live Theatre League.