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WW II & Agriculture in Illinois Infantry Platoon Leader in Europe with 89th Division
OSS Cryptographer in Egypt and Greece during WW II
Chicago Sun-Times columnist discusses civics training on media literacy
Civics teacher at Carlinville Illinois High School.
Director of Special Education for the Lee County Special Education Association.
Governor Quinn's first Chief of Staff and then Budget Director
Former U.S. Senator ran twice for governor against Jim Thompson, in 1982 and 1986
Stacy Stewart, the principal at Belmont-Craigin which uses the personalized learning model.
Former girl’s head basketball coach from Arcola High School in Arcola, Illinois.
Volunteer at the Elijah Iles House, Governor's Executive Mansion, and the ALPLM
WW II & Korean War Veteran Army infantryman & POW during WWII
Korean and WW War II Veteran Personnel NCO in Korea, 1950-1951
Army infantryman with 24th Division in Korea
Army Air Corps ball turret gunner in the European Theater
Former girls' basketball coach at Joliet West High School in Illinois.
A career personnel manager discusses his thirty-five years with IL state government
Charter member of Atonement Lutheran Church discusses the church's history.
The girl’s basketball coach at Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois.
Personal Assistant to Governor Jim Edgar
Director of Illinois State Museum discusses her many years at the ISM.
From cows and crops to wildlife farming and products.
Growing up in the island nation of Trinidad in the Caribbean
A leader in the Stop ERA movement in Illinois from 1972-1982
Carl Sandburg College history and its relationship with Galesburg, IL.
A lawyer and lifelong friend of Governor Jim Edgar
U.S. Army artillery and infantry officer stationed in the Philippines
A retired farmer's reflections on his life on the farm.
A farm wife recounts the many changes she experienced on the farm.
Navy veteran on active duty from 1966-69 in the Atlantic on a submarine tender
Conscientious Objector in World War II
Discussion of early childhood programs in Illinois following 1985 Educational Reform Act.
Life-long farmer and resident of Rochester reflects on his life.
Member of Taft family of Rochester, and successful restaurateur
The Korean War and its effect on family members.
Service in the Cold War Army in Germany from 1954-1956
A radio sports announcer gives insights into his sports recording career.
A Tactical Air Controller who served in Afghanistan in 2010
Mt. Sterling banker talks farm loans and harness racing.
Mt. Sterling banker talks farm loans and harness racing
Distinguished Lincoln scholar discusses a lifetime of Lincoln research.
School bus driver describes her experience with the COVID-19 pandemic
School social worker details impact of COVID-19 pandemic
Vietnam veteran who served as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief
Office manager and part owner of Brandt Consolidated talks about the family business.
The Lincoln Challenge Academy.
Special Forces lieutenant who served in Vietnam in 1968-69
Illinois's governor from January, 1977 to January, 1991
Illinois's governor from January, 1977 to January, 1991
An Evening with Jim Thompson
Life as the First Daughter of Illinois
Archivist at Rock Valley College reviews the college.
A B-17 co-pilot and Germany POW in the European theater during WWII
A life-long submariner who retired as a Vice Admiral
Discussion of small acreage farming and subsistence farming.
Superintendent of rural school district discusses impact of new Illinois funding model.
Panelists discuss the impact of 1972's Title IX legislation on their lives
Former principal and superintendent of Washington High School in Washington, Illinois.
Lincoln home historians discusses history of the Historic Site.
Neuropsychiatrist discuss the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic
Executive director of YMEN discusses impact of pandemic on nonprofits
Member of the Looking for Lincoln steering committee and council member for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
Career Sun-Times sports reporter who covered Illinois high school sports.
State Board of Education employee discusses the implementation of the Educational Reform Act of 1985.
High School principal and Executive Director of the IL Principals Association.
Porta High School Principal IHSA board member discusses sports in Illinois.
Marine Corps communication/intel NCO with service during Gulf War and Somalia
Public health director for Chicago and under Gov. Jim Thompson in 1980s
A wife's perspective on a Marine Corps aviators career
Vietnam War era Marine Corps naval aviator who made a career of the military
Career Marine Corps aviator serving in Marine HQs during the Gulf War
Tanker who served in Germany at the end of WW II
Career educator discusses his experiences with Community colleges in three states.
Executive Director of Mooseheart City and School discusses it institution's unique mission.
Leader of successful school reform administrations in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans
Springfield native for 88 years
From farm implement dealer to orchardist to bee keeper.
Owner of herb farms and a processing plant.
Career educator discusses school reorganization in Iowa & Illinois.
A medic with Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe during WW II
History of Spoon River College as told by a long-time staff member.
Vietnam War era wife discusses her husband's PTSD
Reorganization of Illinois West.
Dave Vaught's work on Dan Walker's 1972 gubernatorial campaign
Gov. Pat Quinn's budget director and life-long friend
Vaught's experiences as a West Point cadet and controversy over mandatory chapel
Discussion on early childhood education following 1985 Reform Act.
Chief Information Officer and legislative counsel for Gov. Pat Quinn
History of Carl Sandburg College from 1971 to 2013.
Member of the Women’s Sports Foundation.
A high school social studies teacher at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois discusses civics education..
Illinois public school funding from 1979 to 2010.
Career of long-serving head of IL Board of Higher Education.
Former IL Bd of Higher Education Executive Director on state's Community Colleges.
Engineer who served on the U.S.S. Waldron in the Pacific Theater
Retired state photographer talks about family history, his brother Bob and Route 66
Maverick Democrat who served as IL Governor from 1973 to 1977
Artillery lieutenant who saw action in northern Europe at the end of the war
VP for Economic Innovation and Development discusses U of IL COVID-19 testing
Superintendent of Kankakee School District #111, discusses the implementation of the Competency Based Learning Model.
Jim Edgar's Budget Director, and Chief of Staff during his tenure as Secretary of State