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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon to take to Chicago stage for music facility preview 

Associated Press
January 6, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is bringing her love of banjo to a Chicago audience.

Simon will play Saturday evening for a grand-opening preview of a $16.5 million education and performance venue at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded the music school about $2.35 million in grants for the new building. It's designed to be LEED gold-certified, house 17 classrooms, three dance studios and a hall.

A ribbon cutting is set for Monday.

Simon has played the banjo for more than a decade with her Carbondale band, Loose Gravel.

She'll join the Hoyle Brothers on stage Saturday. Simon says there's a joy in live music and the Old Town School will help share that joy.