Illinois artist of the month: Hannah K. FreemanBalancing society’s need and desire for man-made products with limited natural resources is the regular theme Illinois artist Hannah K. Freeman employs in her work. Freeman, born in Jacksonville, makes time for creating oil paintings while working as an instructor in graphic design at Eastern Illinois University. She disputes any notion that opportunities for artists exist primarily in cities, finding calls for artwork for exhibitions come from Illinois towns of all sizes, statewide.



ILI: How long have you been an artist or when did you start? Was there a single incident or moment when you realized this was your passion and if so, tell us about it?

FREEMAN: Without a doubt, I was born an artist. While other children were into video games and television shows, I spent my childhood drawing on everything in sight – walls, Kleenex boxes, couches; nothing was sacred. I would spend hours locked in my room handcrafting cards for friends and family and posters and signs for holidays and special events. I was the kid who carefully crafted a handmade valentine for each classmate and loved every minute.

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Four University of Illinois alumni and one professor are among those named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list, an annual list highlighting young game changers, movers and makers in 20 different fields.

Millennials who are making a difference in fields ranging from Art & Style and Music to Social Entrepreneurs and Law & Policy were selected by a panel of A-list judges before being included in the rankings.

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As the holidays approach us there’s one thing we’re used to seeing in Illinois -- snow. When the flurries start falling, it’s time to have some winter fun.

Whether it’s inside or outdoors, ice skating can be enjoyed with family and friends. Ice skating is a fun way to enjoy the winter time and get some exercise.

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Springfield is in the running to be named the Best Travel-Worthy State Capital. USA Today is sponsoring the competition, which will be decided by votes from the general public.

The capital city has already been selected as one of 20 capitals included in the competition, based on a host of factors including accommodations, attractions, dining and diversity.

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