A fundraising campaign is under way to remember an Urbana native and his love of movies. The plan is to build a life-sized bronze sculpture of the late Roger Ebert and place it on the plaza outside the Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. Ebert died in April, two weeks before his annual film festival at the theater.
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Scott Anderson Jr., who is the head of the Roger Ebert sculpture fundraising campaign, says $125,000 is needed for the project. Rick Harney of Normal will be the artist who will be constructing the sculpture.