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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ first virtual homecoming game will have a halftime act, after all.

Taking the place of the Marching Illini:

Kevin Cronin, lead singer of Champaign-formed REO Speedwagon.

Cronin has been booked for a virtual 15-minute concert at halftime of the rescheduled homecoming game, set for Dec. 5 against Iowa, UI Alumni Association President/CEO Jennifer Dillavou told The News-Gazette.

It’s part of a weeklong homecoming schedule of activities that also includes salutes to the UI’s COVID-19 SHIELD Team, interviews with alumni award winners, an international student talent show and more.

Jeff D’Alessio

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