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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One lucky karaoke star will open for country music star Brett Eldredge during this year's Illinois State Fair. The State Fair Karaoke Contest challenges young singers around the state to show off their singing chops.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - One of the nation's most acclaimed university-based performing arts facilities is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It's the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. It'll mark the anniversary over two concert seasons starting in September. The center opened in April 1969. It cost some $21 million to build. The U of I news bureau says the replacement cost today would be around $300 million.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Park officials in central Illinois will soon begin construction on new cabins that are part of a $2.4 million capital campaign. The Journal Star reports that the campaign was recently launched by Forest Park Foundation, which operates Wildlife Prairie Park. The 14 cabins will overlook bison and elk enclosure at the park. New fences will also be constructed, enabling the animals to approach the back decks of the cabins.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The crowdsourcing site where people seek contributions for school books or medical bills has a new campaign: $9.7 million to keep artifacts belonging to Abraham Lincoln in his hometown. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Springfield, Illinois, has turned to GoFundMe to pay a loan from 2007 that covered artifacts belonging to the 16th president. They include bloodied gloves Lincoln took to the theater the night he was shot and a stovepipe hat he purportedly wore.

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