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Studied the Underground Railroad extensively
John Wood Community College's attorney discusses the institution's history.
B-26 tail gunner in southern Europe during WW II
Army soldier who served in a communications section of I Corps in 1952-1953
Engineer advisor with MAC-V in the Mekong Delta
Chicago-based feminist who has been active in the women’s issues since the 1970s
Interview with Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan
Award-winning band director at Ottawa Township High School.
Flight engineer on board a C-54 Skymaster
A livestock farmer's son becomes an agriculture teacher.
Lived in Korea in 1946-1947 while his father served in the Provisional Government
From growing up a farm to an historian's perspective in world farming practices.
Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Thompson (1983-1989) and Jim Edgar (1994)
Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Thompson (1983-1989)
Reineke worked in a various positions in the Jim Thompson administration
Reineke worked for ten years in various capacities in the Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar administrations
Former Bond County Clerk discusses school funding and election oversight.
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Executive director of Illinois Journalism Education Association talks about the inclusion of journalism competitions in the IHSA.
Combat Engineer during dark days of the Korean War
Worked in the Real Estate business following in his Mothers Footsteps
NPR reporter shares Illinois public school funding stories
A family's garden and a kibbutz in Israel led to Growing Home, Inc.
U.S. Army infantry platoon leader with 101st Airborne Div
Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter and retired program manager
U.S. Army veteran who served in a Quartermaster unit in the Pacific
Teacher, coach and chaplain at Marion Academy in Aurora.
War on Terror-2007, David worked on Saddam Hussein’s War Crimes trial
David Risley 2015 Interview Judicial Attaché to Egypt discusses that nation's recent revolutions
Vietnam veteran who served as a fire control technician on a navy vessel
A Will County farm couples' memories of their life on the farm.
Served as Governor Jim Edgar's chief legal counsel from 1995 to 1997
A young woman's career as a personnel manager during 1950s thru 1980s.
Civil rights activist; small business owner; volunteer
Illinois State Senator (1970-1993)
Illinois State Senator (1970-1993)
Former Ottawa Township High School student discusses the school's successful music program.
BRC Chairman discusses his company's design of Lincoln Museum exhibits
Travel aide for Governor Thompson reflects on his experiences
Daughter of the former American Farm Bureau president Charles Shuman.
A native of Cherry Illinois and shares his insights of the Cherry Mine disaster.
Former coach and official from Illinois Plainfield, Illinois.
Montadale sheep raiser explains showing sheep and wool production.
Former State Representative from Winnebago County, IL
Emigrated from Slovenia to the United States in 1933.
General Counsel for IL Education Association discusses Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case
Illinois National Guardsman who served in the European Theater
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority discuss the Springfield graduate chapter
Deputy Governor for Gov. Thompson's administration
A civics educator provides information about teacher training and high school civics education.
Life as an agronomist, soil scientist and University professor.
Launching an Illinois vineyard and winery late in life.
Supervisor of Assessments for Lee County, Illinois.
Chicago Tribune sports writer who spent his life covering Chicagoland high school sports.
A West Bank Palestinian’s journey to the United States.
U.S. Naval officer who transported troops in Europe and the Pacific
WGN broadcaster who became the voice of agriculture for American farmers.
Superintendent of Elgin School District discusses school funding, past and present
Former Illinois State Superintendent discusses the 1985 Educational Reform Act
Life-long activist for women's and LGBT rights shares memories of 1982
The Chicago Public School's GoCPS procedure for school selection.
History of Danville Area Community College from 1966 to 2013.
Coach for the first girl's basketball team at Downers South High School in Downers Grove, IL.
President of Richland Community College discusses the school's history.
From youth on a livestock farm, to crop production and sweet corn, to FSA Director.
IHPA Site Interpreter and Administrator
Swim coach for the highly successful program at Rosary High School.
AFSCME Communications Director's perspective on Illinois pension crisis
History of Highland Community College from perspective of College trustee.
An aerial applicator discusses his long career in the industry
Life-long educator and friend of descendants of Gov. Richard Oglesby
Infantry veteran with 4th Infantry Division who also worked as a clerk
Life-long conservative activist and founder of the Stop-ERA movement which was credited with the defeat of the ERA Amendment in 1982
Legal counsel to Adlai Stevenson III during 1982 and 1986 gubernatorial elections
Faculty member at Loyola University's School of Education discusses civics education
Civilian instructor of Morse code during World War II
Former Budget Director for Gov. Jim Edgar & George Ryan talks about pension crisis
Governor Edgar's director of CMS (1991-1994)
IL State Senator and sponsor of a school district reorganization bill.
Political reporter and columnist with the Springfield State-Journal Register
Statehouse reporter shares his impressions of contemporary IL politics
Statehouse reporter shares his impressions of contemporary IL poli
One of Parkland College's first employees shares the school's history.
Esteemed Lincoln scholar and former Illinois State Historian.
Lutheran minister discusses career in Missouri Synod Lutheran and later the ELCA church.
Acclaimed sportscaster, broadcaster and radio personality in Central Illinois.
Navy veteran on the USS Neville supporting the D-Day landings on Utah Beach
Former head Women's Basketball couch at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
An advocate for women's athletics who worked at Illinois State University.
Discussion regarding organic farming and a trustee of Scully farming estate.
President of the Arthur School District discusses reorganization.
USS Nevada crew member remembers Pearl Harbor attack and more
Discussion of being an Area Livestock Adviser and Animal Systems Educator for the U of Illinois Extension Service.
Discussion with the former Illinois State Board of Education Bilingual Director.
Republican representative from Naperville discusses her work on pension reform
Veteran in the Navy, in the years following the integration of the services
Minister, parent, community and church volunteer
Aircraft mechanic on the USS Yorktown during battles of Coral Sea and Midway