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updated: 6/18/2014 6:16 AM

Smashing Pumpkins singer to receive Illinois award

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The front man for the rock group Smashing Pumpkins is set to receive an award for his work with helping kids in Chicago.

The Illinois State Crime Commission on Wednesday will give singer Billy Corgan Jr. the "Jesse White Award" at a ceremony in Oak Brook. Corgan is being honored along with brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron.

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The three men partnered to create a professional wrestling venture called "Resistance Pro" in 2011. Shortly after its debut, they created an outreach program aimed at helping Chicago children maintain a positive attitude.

Many members of the wrestling venture are former students and current employees in the Chicago Public School district.

The Smashing Pumpkins are known for hits such as "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" and "Tonight, Tonight."

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