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Quad City Filmmaker Raises Funds for Documentary on Lincoln's Tomb Indiegogo project to be completed for 150th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Ryder   
Monday, 14 July 2014 15:56

Le Claire, IA, July 10, 2014: Le Claire, Iowa-based Autumn Leaf Productions, is launching an Indiegogo campaign to produce a comprehensive documentary on President Abraham Lincoln's tomb and monument in Springfield, IL. In March the Lincoln Monument Association board voted to authorize owner, Chris Ryder, to produce the documentary.

Autumn Leaf will have access to the LMA archives, including photos that have never been publicly displayed, in addition to the support from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
“The timing is perfect for the 150th anniversary in 2015 of President Lincoln's death”, said Autumn Leaf Owner/Filmmaker Chris Ryder. “There is a wealth of activity happening in Springfield next year. When you factor in the number of Lincoln enthusiasts across the country, it made complete sense to look at the bigger picture in regard to this documentary.”

Mary Todd Lincoln insisted her husband's wish was to be buried in a quiet, remote setting. This was a new trend at a time when most cemeteries were developed inside cities.

Immediately there was opposition to Mrs. Lincoln by those who preferred the body either remain in Washington, D.C. or in downtown Springfield for tourism purposes. Ultimately Mrs. Lincoln's wishes prevailed, but it would be some time before Mr. Lincoln's body would be at peace.

From conception of the tomb to final interment, Mr. Lincoln's body would be placed in several graves and ultimately moved 14 times. After a thwarted attempt to steal the body, the casket would later be encased 10 feet below ground in steel and concrete.

“There is so much history encapsulated in the tomb's 12 1⁄2 acres of property”, explains LMA President Pam VanAlstine. “From the architecture, statues, gifts from state and foreign dignitaries, to the commotion of the attempted theft, we have a lot of story to tell. There were millions of Americans who mourned the president on his funeral train route in 1865. To this day we see thousands of visitors each year who are emotionally moved when they visit the tomb. President Lincoln's legacy continues to grow.”

Oak Ridge cemetery is the second most visited cemetery in the United States, next to Arlington National Cemetery.

Ryder will serve as producer and director. His production partner, Don Hertz, is executive producer and technical editor. Together they have previously collaborated on projects for PBS, ESPN, TLC, and VERSUS in addition to numerous corporate promotional videos, music videos, and national television commercials.

Indiegogo backers will receive a one-time printing of a 150th commemorative edition of the DVD or Blu-ray paired with a CD of the documentary soundtrack. The soundtrack will contain original recordings of period-appropriate music, led by Nashville recording artist and producer Jeb Hart. There will also be opportunities to fund re-enactment scenes and obtain reserved tickets for the premiere screening and reception in Springfield.

Ryder adds, “When my role is complete, the entire rights to the production will be gifted to the Lincoln Monument Association, so all subsequent copies will raise money for the association and preservation of the tomb. I want this production to be a mini-endowment of sorts for the LMA.”

The campaign begins on July 10, 2014 and will run for 30 days.

RiverShare Libraries Introduce New OverDrive eBooks System by July 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:41

Readers Gain a Local Platform for Checking out eBooks at RiverShare Libraries

Readers of eBooks at libraries in the bistate RiverShare Libraries consortium will gain easier access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, thanks to the formation of a new, local eBooks platform on July 1 by their member libraries.

In this first phase of the project, RiverShare Libraries have formed their own OverDrive eBook buying group, moving eligible titles over to a new site, Local eBook and audiobook readers will have easier access and less competition for popular titles. The site will appear slightly different, but work much the same. Phase Two will move OverDrive titles to the library's central catalog. Patrons will be able to view and check out eBook titles in the same catalog where all other library materials are available, providing one-stop shopping for both print and digital titles. This second phase is expected to be complete later this year.

"The entire goal is to make the checkout process of digital titles as easy as possible for RiverShare patrons," said Maria Levetzow, chair of the transition project for the Rivershare consortium. "A smaller pool of libraries makes for shorter hold lists. It will be easier to login, as there's no longer a need to select a library from a long list."

Area libraries had provided access to the OverDrive eBooks engine alongside hundreds of other libraries through separate websites. That forced readers to compete for access to those books with hundreds of patrons, driving up wait times for popular titles. It also prevented any sharing of eBook collections between Iowa RiverShare and Illinois RiverShare Library members.

OverDrive is compatible with most e-readers, tablets, computers, and smartphones. To try out OverDrive or ask questions about the new platform, please visit your RiverShare member library for information and assistance.

About RiverShare Libraries: RiverShare is a consortium of 20 libraries with 30 locations in the Quad Cities and surrounding area.  Member libraries serve over 200,000 patrons and provide access to over 2 million items.  More information about RiverShare can be found at, at Facebook at Riversharelibraries or twitter @RiverShareLib.

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Illinois National Guard recognizes media stations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Monday, 23 June 2014 07:57

CHAMPAIGN, IL (06/20/2014)(readMedia)-- The Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion recognized Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) stations that stood out above their peers with a minuteman statue at the IBA 2014 Silver Dome Awards in Champaign, Illinois, June 18.

- WRHL, 102.3 "The Coyote" in Rochelle, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for small market radio.

- WYMG, 100.5 "Springfield's Classic Rock" in Springfield, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for medium market radio.

- WUSN, US99.5 in Chicago, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for large market radio.

- WREX, NBC Channel 13 in Rockford, Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for medium market television.

- WMAQ, NBC Channel 5 in Chicago Illinois was recognized as the National Guard Station of the Year for large market television.

- Dana Communications was recognized as the Ownership Group Award winner.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 20 June 2014 14:04

MOLINE, IL – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, has been awarded $30,000 from the Illinois Arts Council for the creation of a new documentary “Letters Home to Hero Street.” The film will deal with correspondence from Hero Street soldiers to their families as they fought and died in World War II and the Korean conflict.

“We are so pleased to receive the grant because it allows us to create a documentary on a topic that is near and dear to our community,” said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.

The project is being conducted in cooperation with Fourth Wall Films, headed by Kelly and Tammy Rundle.

“I am excited to be working with the Rundles. We have aired all of their documentaries and they always create compelling films that are beautiful and well researched,” said Director of Local Content Lora Adams.

The documentary will be completed by the end of the year and will air on WQPT in early 2015.

WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, is a media service of Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois.

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Governor Quinn Names Acting Communications Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:33

Deputy Communications Director Grant Klinzman Assumes Top Press Post

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Grant Klinzman will immediately assume the role of Acting Communications Director for the Governor's Office. Klinzman has been serving as Deputy Communications Director. The Governor's chief spokesman and Communications Director, Brooke Anderson, is leaving the Governor’s Office to join the Quinn for Illinois campaign.

"Grant will do a great job overseeing state communications and ensuring information is effectively delivered to the public,” Governor Quinn said. "For the last three years, Brooke has been an energizing force in my administration and I'm grateful for her excellent work and ethic of service.”

Anderson's last day with the state is today, June 1, 2014. Klinzman's new role as communications chief begins immediately.


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