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George Cordier - World War II

Marine signalman in Pacific theater, Battle of Guam

James 'Jim' Corsi - IHSA

Hall of Fame high school soccer coach at Gibault Catholic High School.

Dr. Georgia Costello - Community College Project

President of Southwestern College discusses the school's history.

Carl Cottingham - Community College Project

History of John Logan Community College since its creation in 1968.

Walter W. Covert - World War II

14th Armored Division half-track driver's memories of combat in Germany

Dan Cox - School District Reorganization

Superintendent in multiple school districts discusses school funding.

Dan Cox - Public School Funding

Superintendent in multiple school districts discusses school funding.

Harold Cox - World War II

United States Army veteran who served during World War II

Jim Creviston - Korean War

The Armistice in Korea

Dr. Clifford Crone - Community College Project

Superintendent at Indian Prairie School District #209.

Dr. Clifford Crone - School District Reorganization

Superintendent at Indian Prairie School District #209.

Robert J. Crowley - Korean War

Signal Corps officer who worked as an advisor to Koreans

Kathy Crum - Alternatives in Education

Former principal at Graham Elementary School discusses year-round schooling.

Theresa Faith Cummings - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Social services administrator and businesswoman

Eileen Cunningham - Modern Era

Raised on a farm and became a nurse in WWII.

Barbara Flynn Currie - ERA Fight in Illinois

ERA fight in Illinois from 1978 to June, 1982

Barbara Flynn Currie - Educational Reform Act 1985

Illinois legislator's involvement with the Educational Reform Act of 1985.

Barbara Flynn Currie - Obama in Illinois

House Majority Leader and representative from Obama's legislative district

Barbara Flynn Currie - Legislators Project

Majority Leader Currie discusses her long career in the IL Legislature

Barbara Flynn Currie - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Majority Leader Currie discusses her long career in the IL Legislature

Charles Curry - Williamsville

Last of an era - a mom-and-pop grocery in Williamsville

Lawrence Curtin - Modern Era

Life on a central IL farm during Depression & WW II

Lawrence Curtin - Korean War

Radioman with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea from 1952-1953

Ted Curtis - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Realtor, school board member, state government administrator

Ted Dabrowski - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Vice President of Illinois Policy Institute explains the origins of Illinois's pension crisis

Neil Dahlstrom - Modern Era

Archivist for John Deere Company

Dr. Robert Daiber - Educational Reform Act 1985

Regional Superintendent of Madison County discusses 1985 Educational Reform Act.

Donald Daily - School District Reorganization

A school superintendent discusses the consolidation of 2 Illinois school districts.

Mary Ellen Daneels - Civics Education

Career teacher's critical role in launching Illinois's new civics education model.

Lee Daniels - Legislators Project

Long-serving Republican leader in the IL House of Representatives

Josephine Datz - Immigrant Stories

A Jewish immigrant from Apartheid era South Africa.

Rudy Davenport - Springfield African-American History Foundation

NAACP and Habitat for Humanity volunteer, plaintiff in civil rights suit

Calvin Davis - IHSA

Director of Athletics for Chicago Public Schools discusses impact of sports in Chicago.

Cullom Davis - Historians Speak

Oral Historian and Former Director of the Lincoln Legal Papers.

Cullom Davis - IHPA legacy

Dr. George Cullom Davis began his academic career as an assistant professor of history at Indiana University

James E. Davis - Historians Speak

Emeritus Professor of History and Geography at Illinois College in Jacksonville.

Malcolm Davis - World War II

Member of the 13th Army Division in Europe

Manda Davis - Modern Era

A 4-H Advisor for the breed, attending 4-H meetings and helping youth plan and enter livestock contests.

Will Davis - Public School Funding

A state representative discusses school funding reform since 2003.

John Dee - School District Reorganization

Life-long educator and member of the State Board of Education, who dealt with reorganization issues.

Karen DeFevers - School District Reorganization

A private citizen's involvement in the Virden school district consolidation.

Nancy deGrazia - Governor Dan Walker Project

Assistant to Governor Dan Walker from 1973 to 1977

Geoff Deigan - Alternatives in Education

xecutive Director of the Prairie Crossing Charter School discusses the school’s history and mission.

Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer - People of Faith

Minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, IL.

Kim Deschamps - Alternatives in Education

Director of the Knox-Warren Special Education Cooperative.

JoAnn Desmond - School District Reorganization

A long-time school superintendent shares her extensive experience on school reorganization issues.

Julian C. D'Esposito Jr. - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Julian D'Esposito served as Governor Jim Thompson's chief counsel from 1977 to 1981 and as his director of staff.

Suzanne Deuchler - Legislators Project

served in the Illinois House from 1981 to 1999

Dr. Michael Devine - IHPA legacy

Experiences as Director of IHPA and State historian

Maija Devine - Immigrant Stories

A Korean girl growing up in a traditional Confucian & patriarchal family in during the war.

Maija Devine - Korean War

Born into a Korean refugee family in Manchuria in 1943

Tony DeVito - World War II

Marine wounded at Iwo Jima

Dr. Amy Diaz - Community College Project

Vice President of Student Development at Rock Valley College.

Kirk Dillard - Governor Jim Edgar Project

State Senator and former Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Edgar

Kirk Dillard - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Legislative liaison for Governor Jim Thompson

Michael DiNovo - Civics Education

York High School Social Studies chair discusses civics education.

Julie Dirksen - IHPA legacy

First Director of Guest Services at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Jeri Dixon - Community College Project

Dean of Adult Education at Waubonsee Community College discusses several initiatives.

Julie Donner - Civics Education

A social studies teacher discusses the state of Illinois's civics requirements.

Jesse Dowell - World War II

United States Navy Air Corps veteran who served in the Pacific Theater

Martha Jane Downey - IHPA legacy

Long tenure working at the Bishop Hill Historic Site

Janis Droegkamp - Family Memories

Peace Corps experiences throughout the world, and a Mother by Choice.

Richard Duchossois - World War II

Tank Destroyer company commander discusses combat in Europe

Darrell Duensing - IHPA legacy

Duensing’s early life and forty-five years as site manager

John Duffy - Community College Project

History of Elgin Community College.

Wesley J. Duiker - World War II

B-26 pilot in the European theater in 1945 who also served in the post-war occupation force

Charles Dukes - World War II

World War II veteran and POW

Allen Dulles - Korean War

Marine Lieutenant wounded in Korea

John F Dunn - Legislators Project

Democratic state legislator representing the Decatur area from 1975 to 1995

Maria Dunstan - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Teacher, principal and union leader from Macomb talks about pensions

Norman Durflinger - School District Reorganization

Career educator and professor of educational administration discusses school reorganization issues.

Cindy Dykas - Public School Funding

New Lenox school district accountant discusses Cook County school funding.

Judy Dymond - Civics Education

An educator discusses Illinois high school requirements regarding economics and financial literacy.

Philip Dziuk - World War II

Navy Petty Officer who served in the Pacific on the USS Ajax

Dr. Sherry R. Eagle - Educational Reform Act 1985

Senior administration at Aurora U. Institute for Collaboration discusses STEM education.

Dawn Earl - Alternatives in Education

Director of Alumni Relations for Wheaton Academy discusses the school's history and legacy.

Chris Eckert - Modern Era

Helped transform the family business into a thriving orchard and family entertainment center

Roger Eddy - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Executive Director of IL Assn of School Boards shares views on state pension crisis

Roger Eddy - School District Reorganization

Illinois State Representative (R) & Hutsonville District Superintendent discusses school reorganization issues.

Lea Edelstein - Immigrant Stories

Egyptian-born Jew who immigrated to the United States as a young woman.

Brenda Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Wife of Governor Jim Edgar and First Lady of Illinois

Fred Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Older brother of former Governor Jim Edgar

Jim Edgar - Obama in Illinois

Former Illinois Governor (1991-1999) and potential opponent in 2004 Senate Race

Jim Edgar - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Jim Edgar's years with Gov. Thompson as legislative liaison and Secretary

Jim Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Former Illinois Governor (1991-1999)

Jim Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Governor Jim Edgar Series

Jim and Brenda Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Gov. and Mrs. Edgar discuss their life together in the public eye

Connie Edwards - Vietnam War

Nurse with the 24th Evacuation Hospital during Vietnam War

Connie Edwards - Civil Rights Stories

Nurse with the 24th Evacuation Hospital during Vietnam War

Art Ehrat - Modern Era

Central Illinios far who also showed his patented break-away basketball hoop at the Smithsonian

Julie Embalabala - Alternatives in Education

The advantages and challenges of home schooling her seven children.

Herb Ericksen - Korean War

C-46 pilot flying the troops and ferrying out the wounded

John Erwin - Community College Project

President of Illinois Central College discusses the school's recent history.

Veronica Espina - Immigrant Stories

An immigrant from Chile arriving in 1999 to the U.S.

Veronica Espina - Immigrant Stories

Veronica immigrated to United States after receiving a Scholarship in 1999.

Judge Charles Evans - World War II

Infantry platoon leader's service during the first year of the Korean War

Robert Evans - Korean War

Infantry platoon leader's service during the first year of the Korean War



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