CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has joined others in remembering famed Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who died following a battle with cancer.
Quinn says one of his most cherished memories of Ebert, who died Thursday, was getting a "thumbs-up" from Ebert in 2011 when he proclaimed "Roger Ebert Day" during Ebertfest in Champaign.
Quinn says Ebert was Everyman with a cinematographer's eye and an artist's passion. The governor praised Ebert's ability to communicate with everyday people not only about movies but also the "real values of life."
Quinn noted Ebert was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he began his career as a reporter for the school's newspaper.