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Contagious excitement: Durbin gets film cameo

Dr. Tony Evans Dallas Texas speaks students during chapel Friday morning JudsUniversity Elgin.  | Dave Shields~For Sun-Times Media

Dr. Tony Evans, of Dallas, Texas, speaks to students during chapel Friday morning at Judson University in Elgin. | Dave Shields~For Sun-Times Media

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if you go

WHAT: A Concert by American English, a Beatles Tribute Band, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley

WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

COST: Tickets start at $15

Updated: April 19, 2011 5:11AM

Forget Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin also will appear in “Contagion,” the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie set to film scenes at the old Sherman Hospital in Elgin late this month or early December.

Durbin made his Hollywood debut in a shoot Tuesday in Chicago, according to a press release from his office posted on Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet’s blog.

The senator will have a cameo role and a single scene, which he’ll share with Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne, according to the press release. During the scene, that release said, Durbin will chair a Senate hearing and deliver a single line of dialogue.

Teddy hunted Huntley

When the late Theodore Roosevelt appeared at The Centre of Elgin last weekend, in care of re-enactor Joe Wiegand, he gave the crowd “my apologies for letting an entire century to pass” between Elgin visits. The original T.R. spoke to a massive crowd from a stopped train in downtown Elgin in 1910.

The imitation Teddy recalled how he had gone hunting in Huntley, Ill., with his brother in 1876, when the future president was an 18-year-old student at Harvard. “But despite the name, the hunting was poor in Huntley,” he said.

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