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David Blanchette - Obama in Illinois

ALPLM Communications Manager

Paul Blanchette - Korean War

Assigned as a unit armorer to the 3rd Marine Division stationed at Camp Okubo, Japan from 1953- 1954

Gene Bleuer - Korean War

Army infantryman and POW in Korea

John Block - Modern Era

Former Secretary of Agriculture for the Reagan Administration.

Scott Blomberg - War On Terror

Army optometrist who participated in a deployment to Kosovo in 2001 and the initial occupation of Iraq in 2003

Thomas Boaz - Vietnam War

A non-combative conscientious objector during the Vietnam War

Ben Boer - Public School Funding

Deputy of Research for Advance Illinois discusses school funding issues.

Mary Bohlen - ERA Fight in Illinois

A journalist/educator's view on the 1982 ERA fight in the IL Legislature

Keith Bolin - School District Reorganization

A farmer and supporter of school consolidation in Bureau County, IL.

Larry Bomke - Obama in Illinois

Illinois State Senator and colleague of Obama

Larry Bomke - Legislators Project

Illinois politicians career on Sangamon County Board and IL Senate

Larry Bomke - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Former Republican State Senator talks about the pension fights of the 1990s and 2000s

Mildred Louise Bond - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and retired educator from Decatur, Illinois

Thelma Bonds - Delta Sigma Theta

Illinois Power employee and a charter member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter

David Bone - Vietnam War

Platoon leader in a Marine recon platoon during early period of Vietnam War

Mark Boozell - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Legislative liaison for Governor Jim Edgar

John Borling - Obama in Illinois

Career Air Force Officer, Vietnam War era POW, and 2004 Senate Candidate

Major General John Borling - Gulf War

Senior SAC Officer during the Gulf War, 1990-1991

Major General John Borling - Vietnam War

Career Air Force Officer and Vietnam War era POW

Randolph A Boschulte - Vietnam War

Army Ordnance officer during Vietnam War, and with the U.S. Army Reserves

Ron Botz - Vietnam War

Huey pilot with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1968-69

David Bourland - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Long-time curator of the IL Executive mansion, and friend of Gov. Jim Thompson

Richard Bowen - Cold War Era

He was sent instead to Kissingen, Germany and assigned to Company E, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division

Thomas Bowman - Vietnam War

Reflections on service in Vietnam, and return to the U.S.

Thomas Bowman - War On Terror

Commander of an Illinois contingent working with Multinational Division in Iraq

Tom Jones, Patrick Lam, Pham Thien Khac and Tom Bowman - Vietnam War

Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese boat people reflect on their experiences

George Boyd - World War II

Child during World War II

Greg Bradley - IHSA

Former athlete, coach, principal and IHSA treasurer shares his experiences.

Rich Bradley - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Long-time News Director for WUIS, Springfield's public radio station

Rich Bradley - Journalists View

Long-time News Director for WUIS, Springfield's public radio station

Philip Bradshaw - Modern Era

A farmer who discusses the future he sees for agriculture

Brian Brady - Civics Education

President of the Mikva Challenge program promoting civic involvement among youth.

Mary Bremer - Family Memories

Mary (Cagle) Horman Bremer shares her family's history through the depression, WW II and the good times.

Terry Brennan - Family Memories

Jazz musician and music teacher.

Parris Brewer - Modern Era

He grew up in Chicago and became marketing director for Growing Home

Kirk Brown - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Engineer and IDOT secretary under governors Edgar and Ryan

Magda Brown - World War II

Young Hungarian Jew and Holocaust Survivor

Roger Brown - Modern Era

Always involved in agriculture and especially the family farm

Beverly Bruce - Korean War

1952 he was in Korea, assigned to the 1st Marine Division's Reconnaissance Company

Terry Bruce - Community College Project

CEO for the Illinois Eastern Community College System for 17 years.

Robert Bruno - Public School Funding

Director of the U. of Illinois's Labor Education Program discussed 2012 Chicago Teacher Union strike

Charles Bruns - World War II

Engineer in the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II

Iris Bryan - Community College Project

History of McHenry County College from several perspectives.

Bon Bui - Vietnam War

South Vietnamese Army commander and a post-war prisoner of war

Ola Bundy - Girls Basketball

An interview with the 'First Lady of Girls Athletics in Illinois.

Jennifer Burdette - Civics Education

Rural school civics teacher and civics teaching mentor.

Norman Burdick - Community College Project

History of Carl Sandburg College from 1980 to 2013.

Gary Burgard - Vietnam War

Army infantryman serving near Saigon, South Vietnam in 1968-1969

Hale Burge - World War II

Airplane mechanic in the Army Air Force during World War II

Edward M Burke - General Interest

A policeman's perspective of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago

Shirley Burkovich - Baseball

Player in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1949-1951.

Dr. Michael Burlingame - Historians Speak

Renowned historian and Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS discusses a life spent studying Lincoln .

Kristin Burns - Alternatives in Education

Teacher at Keith Country Day discusses the school's history and operation.

Jim Burrus - Modern Era

As a third generation farmer he has moved to grass-fed Cattle and Chickens

Christopher Busse - Civics Education

Teaching civics at O‘Fallon Township High School.

Cindy Butkovich - Girls Basketball

Former Assistant Executive Secretary of the Illinois High School Association.

Aaron Butler - Public School Funding

Consultant for the American Institutes for Research discusses improving schools.

Robert Butler - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Participant in 1970 IL State Constitutional Convention discusses its impact on pensions

Francis Callaghan - World War II

Combat engineer with bridging company finds his relatives in Japanese camps in the Philippines

Gene Callahan - General Interest

In 1974 he began his long association with Alan Dixon, when Dixon served as Illinois state Treasurer, then Illinois Secretary of State

 Campaign Ads - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Television ads capture Jim Thompson's campaign for the Illinois State Governor seat

Gerald Campbell - Rochester

Life-long resident of Rochester shares family stories of the town

Shegan Campbell - Alternatives in Education

Co-founder and CEO of Kids Science Labs discusses their innovative programs.

William 'Bill" Cantrall - World War II

Service with the British 8th Army in Italy with the American Field Service

Dean Cantù - Civics Education

Department of Education director discusses civics education for teachers.

John Capasso - School District Reorganization

Superintendent of the Fieldcrest Community Unit School District discusses the school's creation.

Charles Carey - Modern Era

comes from a long line of Chicago Board of Trade Veterans

Velma Carey - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Parent and community volunteer; plaintiff in school desegregation lawsuit

Carolyn Carlson - Rochester

Grade school teacher and longtime resident of Rochester

Richard J. Carlson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Executive Reorg and the Program Staff during Gov. Thompson’s First Two Terms

Margaret Carter - Modern Era

Discusses her life growing up on the farm during the 1930s

Lt. Lauren Carthan - Alternatives in Education

Senior Naval Science Instructor for the East Aurora Naval Junior ROTC.

Dr. Richard Carwardine - Historians Speak

Welsh-born Lincoln Scholar and author of a book on Lincoln humor.

Jay Castro - Vietnam War

Navy frogman and later a crewman on a river patrol boat during Vietnam War

Morrie Caudill - Korean War

The Armistice in Korea

Joshua Cauhorn - Public School Funding

Conducting research on public school funding.

Don Cavallini - Community College Project

Archivist at Heartland Community College discusses school's history.

Janis Cellini - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Director of Personnel and Labor Relations for Governor Jim Edgar

Julie Cellini - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Early years and journalistic career in Springfield

Julie Cellini - IHPA legacy

Appointed to serve as the Chair of IHPA by Governor Jim Thompson from its creation in 1985 until 2012

Linda Chapa-LaVia - School District Reorganization

Illinois state Representative's perspective on the subject of school district reorganizations in Illinois.

A. Delinda Chapman - ERA Fight in Illinois

Illinois educator, administrator and artist discusses the ERA fight in Illinois

Dr. Dale Chapman - Community College Project

History of Lewis and Clark College in southwestern Illinois.

Gertrude Childers - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

A native of Dixon who was saved by Ronald Reagan when he was a lifeguard.

Olive Clark - World War II

Wife of World War II veteran George Cocker

Lynne Cleverdon - Civil Rights Stories

1964 Mississippi voter registration drive

Darrell Clevidence - Community College Project

History of Carl Sandburg College from 1969 to 2010.

Robert Clifton - School District Reorganization

Western Illinois teacher and school administrator discusses school reorganization.

Deborah B Cole - Delta Sigma Theta

Delta Sigma Theta sorority member at Bradley University

Edyth Cole - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield-Decatur Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta

Rick Collins - Modern Era

After attending the University of Illinois he specialized in restoring old houses. Barns are his passion.

Evelyn Conboy - Rochester

Farm wife who raised her seven children in Rochester after her husband's death

Kristine Condon - Civics Education

A review of the Illinois Civics Academy for Secondary Teachers.

Hilary Conklin - Civics Education

DePaul University professor training teachers in the social studies and civics education.

Linda Connelly - Girls Basketball

First girl’s basketball coach at Mattoon High School in Mattoon, Illinois.

 Connie Edwards, Tim Kendall, Patrick Lam, John Rascke - Vietnam War

Vietnam veteran panel discussion in conjunction with the public debut of Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary

Ralph Contreras - World War II

World War II Marine who served with the 6th Marine Division at Guam and Okinawa

Robert Coomer - IHPA legacy

Early career and work with IHPA through Directorship of Susan Mogerman

Kevin Corbin - Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals bat boy tells stories from the late 1990s.

Dorothy Cordier - World War II

Family separation during WWII



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