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Chris Vallillo

Photo from the Bishop Hill Heritage Association

A former Swedish colony in western Illinois will be the setting for a music festival that aims to demonstrate the depth of the folk music genre.  The Bishop Hill Folk Festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held July 30 and 31 in the Bishop Hill Village Park.

Macomb-based musician Chris Vallillo does shows featuring the music of the American civil rights movement.  He came up with the concept around the time of the movement's 50th anniversary.

Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner told state museums to be prepared to close their doors.  If that happens, a long-running concert series in west central Illinois will need to find a new home.