1. The New Holland

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    The New Holland apartment building in Danville, Illinois is a model example of how an innovative developer with assistance from local, state and federal grants was able to preserve an historic building and turn it into affordable housing. Pam G. Dempsey reports. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT The city of Danville in east central Illinois is known for its modest cost of living. Its affordable housing prices have attracted investors and new residents looking for lower rents over the past decade. Still, people with low incomes struggle to find safe, clean and decent places to live that cost no more than 30 percent of their income. 77-year-old Barbara Donaldson made her home six years ago at the New Holland apartments, a five-story renovated building in downtown Danville. Barbara Donaldson, resident, New Holland Apartments, Danville “I said I love this majestic building and I thought in my heart, this is where I want to live. I didn’t try anywhere else. But I was accepted here and have been living here ever since.” Donaldson qualified for federally-subsidized rent that helped her afford a one-bedroom apartment. She is one of hundreds of people across Central Illinois who is need of affordable housing. The New Holland Apartments is one of the area’s newest solutions. Barbara Donaldson: “Have access to anything I need. Food. Maybe the grocery store’s a little ways away. The post office is right across the street. Well, a couple of blocks down I guess. The library is right across the street. The access is real neat. If I need to, i can walk where I need to go.” Thom Pollock, executive director of Crosspoint Human Services and president of New Holland Corporation “New Holland is a historic landmark in Danville and it has been in this community for over 100 years. Twenty years ago, it was falling on hard times and the owners at that time basically abandoned it and it was put up for auction as part of a foreclosure proceeding.” To save the building, Pollock bid on the property and collected state, local and federal grants and tax credits to turn it into a private, affordable housing project. It took six years and $7.5 million. The end result is nearly 50 renovated apartments and numerous awards for its energy efficient designs such as its geothermal system and historic preservation. Thom Pollock: “Well affordable housing in Danville is one of two varieties. One is derelict structures that have fallen in disrepair. They are still serviceable for people and therefore from that standpoint affordable. But the problem is quality. It is lacking entirely not only in the infrastructure of the house but just the amenities that go along with it. Affordable housing should be quality housing. Safe housing. Something that you and I would like to live in. And in this case, that’s what we aim to do at the Holland and I think we have achieved that. “ Barbara Donaldson: “My options would probably be that I would be with one of my children because I have children that say, “we will always take care of you, mother, as you took care of us.” That probably would be about it. Because at this point, at my age and so forth, I’m not able to really make a lot of money ... That’s why it’s a good thing for me to be able to afford this place right here. And I’m very thankful. Very thankful.”

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    • Black and Proud

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      "Black and Proud" aired on WILL-TV on Jan. 27, 1969. The program presented a vivid snapshot of the lives of African Americans in central Illinois. Homemaker Eunice Patterson of Urbana demonstrates her method of cooking soul food. Host Harold Bradley then talks with two professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about the influence of art and music as a form of self-expression for black people. Then, a University of Illinois student group performs African dance. Later on in the program, a U of I student participates in an Afro-American fashion show. In one of several discussion segments, the founders of The Black Vanguard, a black newspaper in Danville, Illinois, talk about why they began publishing in April 1968.

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      • The Care Club

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        When Jo was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, her daughter , Susan, organized a care club of young people who provided her with the love and attention she needed to stay in her home. This is their story. This video was produced in 2003 by WILL-TV for an hour-long special called, "Beyond Burden: Caregiving As A Basic Human Need," that featured different models of care for people who want to stay in their homes as they age or become ill. For an updated conversation, visit: http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus121115/

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        • Family Dinner Favorites - Part 2

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          "Family Dinner Favorites", a special cooking show airing on WILL-TV on March 4, 2013, will accept recipe submissions through January 25, 2013 for the cookbook that will accompany the show. This spot began airing on WILL-TV December 26, 2012.

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          • WILL-TV 50th Anniversary Video: Technology

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            • WILL-TV 50th Anniversary Video: Public Affairs

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              • WILL-TV 50th Anniversary Video: Local Productions

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                • Alison Allender Invites You to Watch "We Are Monticello" on WILL-TV December 5th at 7pm

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                  Alison Allender is the director of bands at Monticello High School. She would like you to watch "We Are Monticello" on WILL-TV, December 5th at 7pm. If you do, you'll get to see her story about the marching Sages. Learn more here: http://will.illinois.edu/weare/monticello

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                  • Mister Cane Outtake

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                    Before programs such as “Sesame Street” and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” became available from PBS, WILL-TV produced its own kids’ programs. Shown in this video from the 1960s is “Mister Cane,” featuring a candy store owner and his pal, Molasses, a mouse puppet. Not a word of the 15-minute, five-day-a-week program was scripted, said Bill Korbus, who played Mister Cane. “We’d have an idea of where it was going and we’d just pick up the time signals as we went along,” he said. Korbus built a mouse head for his sidekick Molasses out of the material used to make the plastic palates for false teeth so it would be durable. He made the jaw movable and Harry Cornell operated the puppet and provided the voice. The pair didn’t try anything fancy with the puppet. “His voice was just like Harry’s voice. One day the handle broke and Harry just kept on going,” said Korbus.

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                    • Brandon Hissong Invites You To Watch "We Are Monticello" on WILL-TV, December 5th at 7pm

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                      Brandon Hissong, board member of the Monticello Area Education Foundation, volunteered to participate in a WILL-TV production known as "We Are Monticello." His story is about the support the Foundation gives to teachers, students and schools in Monticello. See his story and 20 more when "We Are Monticello" airs on WILL-TV December 5th. For more information, visit: will.illinois.edu/weare/monticello

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