Block Club Chicago: Has Your Alderman Been Indicted? New Website Highlights The History Of Corruption In City Hall — And Hopes You’ll Hold New Leaders Accountable. “Currently, there’s one sitting alderman that is under federal indictment. Sadly, ending up in jail is a common occurrence for Chicago’s leaders — and now South Side journalism lab City Bureau is making it easier for residents to know if their elected alderman is in trouble with he law. City Bureau’s new website… includes information on the aldermen who lead all 50 of Chicago’s wards, as well as the history of political corruption in each ward. Simply plug in your address and find out what your alderman (past or present) has been up to.”
Illinois Aces: You say Cairo, I say Cairo: New online resource provides audio pronunciation of Illinois places and landmarks. “A University of Illinois agricultural communications researcher and her students have created an online resource that offers proper audio pronunciation examples of places and landmarks across the state of Illinois. The tool was designed not only for broadcasters or news anchors, but for anyone publicly speaking about places in Illinois. And, of course, those curious about Illinois will also enjoy using the tool.”
Effingham Daily News: Illinois cultural journalism collection now available for free in Digital Public Library. “The complete contents of a south-central Illinois cultural journalism project, ‘Tales from the General Store,’ is now available at no cost in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). In the tradition of Foxfire, the Tales project was created by author and now-retired educator Ray Elliott to provide the opportunity for high school and college students to learn about journalism through hands-on experience in interviewing and writing about people from rural Illinois who lived and worked during the early part of the 20th century when general stores were at the heart of small, tight-knit communities. In addition to the educational student benefit, these stories have helped to preserve some of the history and culture of this era in Illinois for the public.”
JournalStar: Nick in the AM: Minonk library’s local newspaper collection enters digital age. “The library recently completed an effort to digitize its microfilmed collection of Minonk newspapers. The collection ranges from 1873 to 2014 and includes most but not all of the editions of the Minonk News-Dispatch, the Minonk Register and the Woodford County Journal, among other titles.” Minonk is in Illinois.
University of Chicago: Decades of South Side Home Movies to be Released in Digital Archive. “Over 200 home movies, spanning more than half a century of South Side visual history, will be available to view online beginning May 1, 2018. The new South Side Home Movie Project Digital Archive is a globally accessible online portal to home movies shot by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods from 1929-1982. This contemporary platform provides access to the entire collection of digitized home movies archived by the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP).”
WAND 17: Illinois State Museum launches “Story of Illinois” website. “The Illinois State Museum is launching a website called ‘Story of Illinois’ for the state’s bicentennial celebration. The website features objects from the museum’s Illinois Legacy Collection as well as collections from other museums across the state that celebrate Illinois heritage.”