Alton http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Efforts Underway To Erect Statue Of Miles Davis In Alton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/efforts-underway-erect-statue-miles-davis-alton <p>Plans are in motion to erect a bronze statue of jazz musician Miles Davis at his birthplace in Alton, Ill.&nbsp; The city council of Alton gave its approval in July, and sculptor Preston Jackson has been commissioned to build the statue.</p><p>Jackson's design was selected out of a pool of ten. A professor emeritus from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jackson is also a musician and lover of jazz music.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:46:23 +0000 Camille Phillips 29343 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Efforts Underway To Erect Statue Of Miles Davis In Alton Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alton-continues-longest-running-memorial-day-parade <p>The small town of Alton, Ill. boasts of having the longest consecutive Memorial Day Parade in the country. The community has honored the sacrifices of its sons and daughters in uniform for 145 years.&nbsp;</p><p>Korean War veteran Harry Kortcamp&nbsp;says he was a boy the first time he marched in Alton&rsquo;s Memorial Day Parade.</p><p>&ldquo;When they had victory in Germany, I marched in that parade,&quot; he said. &quot;When they had victory in Japan, I marched in that parade as a member of the Alton Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 23:27:16 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade LaHood to announce $44M for Illinois road, rail http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lahood-announce-44m-illinois-road-rail <p>More than $44 million in federal transportation money is headed to Illinois for two projects in the Chicago area and one in Alton in southern Illinois.</p><p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is to announce the funding Thursday at a Chicago &quot;L&quot; station with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It&#39;s part of more than a half-billion dollars in federal transportation funding for 46 projects in 33 states.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:25:34 +0000 The Associated Press 2688 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org LaHood to announce $44M for Illinois road, rail East Alton soldier receives Army's Silver Star for valor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-alton-soldier-receives-armys-silver-star-valor <p>An <a href="http://www.bnd.com/2011/01/06/1540322/alton-native-in-army-awarded-silver.html">Alton, Ill. soldier was awarded the Army's Silver Star</a>, the third-highest military award for valor while on his fourth tour of duty.</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 17:28:18 +0000 Kelsey Proud 256 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East Alton soldier receives Army's Silver Star for valor