News

Eureka College Receives Sizable Gift from Reagan Brother’s Estate

Eureka College Receives Sizable Gift from Reagan Brother’s Estate

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

It’s President Reagan’s birthday, but his alma mater is getting the gift.

Ronald Reagan is the only U.S. president born in Illinois. He and his brother, Neil, are both graduates of Eureka College in central Illinois. The college announced today (Thursday), 103 years after the president’s birth, that Neil Reagan and his wife bequeathed $1 million to the college’s endowment.

Neil Reagan was the big brother but followed Ronald Reagan to college by one year. His career was in advertising and broadcasting. He died in 1996, his wife, Bess, in 2010. It’s just now that the estate is settling to the point at which Eureka can receive and announce the gift, says John Morris, director of the Ronald W. Reagan Society, the college’s fund-raising arm.

“We are the smallest alma mater of a president of the United States in American history,” Morris says. “We’ve got a story to tell and a legacy to uphold and a museum and a collection of objects and a peace garden.”

Morris says Eureka is also in receipt of more than 100 items of Reagan memorabilia, including photos, awards and letters, from Neil and Bess Reagan.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Ill. Route 97 Closed at Koke Mill, Moore Rd. Due to Accident

Fresh
0630_accident

Police so far haven't said what caused the crash, nor have they said if there are any injuries.

in Local

Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash

local_news_generic

A Springfield man is dead after an early morning motorcycle crash.

in Local

Winslow Remains as Police Chief

springfield_police_1

Kenny Winslow was the top choice out of nine candidates.

in Local

Rauner Visits IEMA, IDOT in Springfield — Tries to Reassure Employees

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

The governor is spending the last day of the fiscal year visiting state agencies in Springfield and Chicago, trying to reassure employees they’ll get paid.

in Local

Flood Threat in Illinois

flood

US Army Corps briefs state panel