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Thursday, March 24, 2005 11:29 am

quick takes 3-24-05

ILES HOUSE OPENING SET

A fundraising campaign kicked off this week to complete restoration work on Springfield’s oldest residence, the 1827 Elijah Iles House at 626 S. Seventh St.

A grand opening for the house — which will serve as a museum exhibiting early Sangamon County artifacts — has been set for Sept. 24. For more information, call 217-753-0055.

LOCAL JOURNALISTS HONORED

Illinois Times¬†staff writer Todd Spivak was among five local journalists honored last week for covering Springfield’s homelessness problem and housing issues.

The awards were presented Friday by Mayor Tim Davlin on behalf of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness and the Heartland Continuum of Care.

Other journalists cited for their work were reporter Sarah Antonacci and photographer Kevin German of the State Journal-Register, reporter Paris Ervin of WICS (Channel 20), and morning-show anchor Bob Murray of WTAX (AM 1240)

PROMOTING RACIAL UNITY

As part of an annual rally to promote racial unity and understanding, organizers are inviting central-Illinois students (third grade through high school) to submit original art works and poems.

Any drawing or painting (up to two by three feet) or poem (up to 40 lines) highlighting the theme of racial unity and understanding may be submitted. Eighteen winners, eligible for prizes of $20-$50, will be named, and winning entries will be published in Illinois Times. The deadline is Friday, May 27. Send entries to “Vision of Race Unity Contest,” P.O. Box 1841, Springfield, IL 62705.

A unity rally will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information about the contest or the rally, call 217-544-9595.

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