The Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the central events in the city's history. What actually happened?
A visit to Springfield can go far beyond Abraham Lincoln
From a one-story project to a thirteen-building complex, Jane Addams' Hull-House was a success in progressive reform that is still discussed today.
Looking back at a notorious episode in Illinois history -- the Haymarket "Riot"
Museums rarely have all the artifacts they need for an exhibit. Loans between museums help fill these gaps.
Before there were highways and railroads, river travel dominated trade and transportation.
A look at obituaries of the past from the presidential library's huge newspaper collection
The Land of Lincoln was also a land of bitter divisions during the Civil War.
For an area as important as the Midwest, it is still vaguely defined.
Illinois took a major step toward eventual statehood when it was split off from Indiana Territory