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January 17, 2006

Choir burgled during concert

Chicago Daily (IL):

While Millikin University's chamber chorale was performing Wednesday at St. Jude Church in New Lenox, thieves stole many of the members' belongings. Cash, credit cards, cell phones and even a laptop computer were taken, the Rev. Michael Slattery said.

"It was a sad ending to a wonderful concert," he said. "We've never had anything like this happen on our parish campus before. It was a shock for us." It's also "the first time anyone can remember this happening" to Milliken students, according to Bryan Marshall, spokesman for the university in Decatur.

He said Milliken's various music groups travel extensively across the country and internationally to perform. "We were very pleased that they were able to include us in their itinerary," Slattery said. "People from all over were here. It was a nice community event." The concert included a performance by the Lincoln-Way Central High School choral group.About 40 Milliken students sing in the choir, but not all were theft victims, Marshall said.

Slattery said that after the thefts were discovered, the church, audience members and host families gave the Milliken students money for food and a planned trip to Mall of America near Minneapolis.

"People did what they could. We're trying to find out if anything else can be done," he said.

Slattery said the students were traveling by bus and brought all their gear with them into the church, where they changed clothes for their performance. The rooms where their gear was stored was not locked because the performers were going in and out during intermission, he said.

No one discovered the thefts until the concert had ended, he said. "This is just devastating," one host parent said. "It's a real embarrassment for the community." New Lenox Police Cmdr. Dennis Klier said police would not release the report on the thefts, pending an investigation.

Posted by acapnews at January 17, 2006 12:04 AM