Illinois is building a music museum of its own.
The state that produced Chicago, Sam Cooke,Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon,Styx, Curtis Mayfield and many others, is on its way to opening a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame focusing on homegrown artists.
Producer Ron Romero has already set up a 501 C3 non-profit and acquired a building along historic route 66 in Joliet. There are plans for three stories of displays, a performance space, a gift shop and an online radio station. His mission is simple: "I want patrons to realize how important Illinois is to music around the world. The music that was produced here really touched the world."
Even before the doors open, nominations to the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be made on its website.
Along with cash donations to complete the $6 million project, Romero is seeking artifacts from musicians and fans. (WBBM)
- Illinois was also home to Ray Manzarek of The Doors, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg and a generation of blues greats.
- Chess Records, the home of Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, was based in Chicago.