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Thomas Ewing - Legislators Project

Illinois Republican legislator from 1975-1991 and in U.S. House until 2000

Tyrone C. Fahner - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Gov. Jim Thompson’s director of law enforcement from 1977 to 1979

Helen 'Jane' Fairchild - Rochester

Resident of Rochester reflecting her life and on the town’s history

Meryl 'Robert' Fairchild - Rochester

Resident of Rochester from a long line of farmers

Marvin Farmer - World War II

Infantryman in Europe during World War II

Wilbur Fawns - Korean War

Army Engineer serving in the last year of the Korean War

Jodi Ferriell - Alternatives in Education

Director of the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Darrell Fesser - Alternatives in Education

Director of the Okaw Area Vocational Center in south-central Illinois.

William Feurer - General Interest

Assistant to Governor Otto Kerner from 1963 to 1968

 FFA Officers - Modern Era

Five FFA Officers

Evelyn Fields - World War II

Worked in the Office of Price Administration during WW II while her husband was in the Navy

Ben File - Modern Era

Lifelong farmer and active in his community

Paul Findley - General Interest

U.S. Congressman from west central Illinois during 1960s thru 1982

Paul Findley - World War II

U.S. Congressman recounts his WW II experiences

Jessie Mae Finley - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Musician, active church volunteer, state worker, interviewed at age 97

Bruce Firchau - IHSA

High school basketball coach with forty years of experience.

Doris Fischer - People of Faith

History of Faith Lutheran Church of Springfield, Illinois.

Jonathan Fischer - World War II

Discusses his various duties during WW II on two Liberty Ships

James Fisher - World War II

U.S. Navy veteran who served on an LST in the Pacific Theater

Bob Fitts - Korean War

Serving in Korea as a unit motor sergeant in the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division

Robert Fitzer - Modern Era

Lifelong farmer and community leader in implementing new new technology in agriculture

Sara Flanigan - IHSA

High school official and coach for competitive cheer and dance.

George Fleischli - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Executive Assistant to Governor Edgar

Marian Floto - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Dixon native who attended First Christian Church with the Reagan family.

Jim Flynn - IHSA

IHSA Associate Director for basketball, track and several other sports.

Joseph Flynn - World War II

Medic when the unit landed on Omaha Beach only seven days after D-Day in June 1944

John Fontanetta - Civics Education

Principal at Chicago's Piper Elementary discusses civics education in middle schools

James Forstall - General Interest

Early history of both Sangamon State University and Lincoln Land Community College.

Andy Foster - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Campaign Manager and Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Edgar

Jennifer Foster - Alternatives in Education

Adult Education Deputy Director discusses Illinois High School Equivalency.

Dan Foulke - Korean War

Army Engineer and construction of Panmunjom

Kim Fox - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Long-time assistant to Gov. Jim Thompson and Executive Director of Citizens for Thompson

Robert Fraley - Modern Era

Pioneering plant geneticist at Monsanto working on soybeans, corn and cotton

Larry Frank - Public School Funding

IL Education Association administrator discusses school funding litigation.

Jim Frazier - War On Terror

Gold Star father tells the story of his son Jake and his death in Afghanistan

Jim Frazier - Obama in Illinois

Gold Star father and speaker at Obama campaign events in 2008

Carol Frederick - ERA Fight in Illinois

Teacher, lobbyist, public affairs consultant and activist for women’s equality

Jeri Frederick - ERA Fight in Illinois

A National Organization for Women staff member discusses ERA fight in Illinois

Richard Friemel - Vietnam War

An Air Force aircraft mechanic during the Vietnam War

John Frothingham - World War II

World War II veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps

Dave Fry - IHSA

Fry's 35 years at IHSA as Assistant, Associate and Executive Director.

Dixie Gage - School District Reorganization

Girard educator discusses the consolidation of the Virden & Girard school districts.

Dave Gannaway - IHSA

Experiences at the IHSA with wrestling, bass fishing and basketball.

Dorothy Gaters - IHSA

Girls' basketball coach at Chicago's Marshall High School with over 1,000 victories.

Paul Gebhart - Modern Era

Lifelong farmer and pioneer in the organic farming movement

Thomas Geoghegan - Public School Funding

Chicago lawyer discusses his firm's lawsuit on Illinois's poor level of public school funding.

Fred Giertz - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Former trustee of the State University Retirement System talks pensions

David Gilbert - Governor Jim Thompson Project

First two years of the Thompson administration: 1977-1978

Deanna Glosser - Modern Era

She earned an PhD in Environmental Planning and involved in the Slow Food Movement

William Goldberg - Governor Dan Walker Project

He began his legal career in 1962 in the same law firm as Dan Walker

Sidney Goldman - World War II

Assigned to the 24th Infantry Division, and saw action in New Guinea and the Philippines

Peter Goldsmith - Modern Era

Earned a PhDin Agricultural Economics and became Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Center

Linda Gollan - Girls Basketball

First girl's basketball coach at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois.

Edgar Gottschalk - World War II

Served with the 13th Air Force in the Pacific during WW II

Bernie Goulet - Korean War

Infantryman with 7th Infantry Division at Chosin Reservoir and beyond

Marian Goza - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Medical employee, community volunteer, parent

Robert Goza - Springfield African-American History Foundation

State employee, community and NAACP volunteer

James Graff - World War II

U.S. Army infantryman in Europe during WW II

Christine Grant - Girls Basketball

University of Iowa Athletic Director discusses early days of girls basketball.

Pam Gray - Modern Era

Director of the Illinois State Fair Museum

Dr. James Green - IHSA

Team doctor for Jacksonville High School shares his perspective on his role in sports.

Robert Green - World War II

U.S. Naval officer who served a number of roles in the Pacific Theater

Linda Greene - IHSA

Coach of Rockford Auburn High School Scholastic Bowl for twenty-four years.

Carl Greenwood - Korean War

Marine infantryman and Chosin Reservoir survivor

Redd Griffin - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

A teacher, writer, and historian reflects on Reagan's political career and Homecoming in Dixon celebration.

Michael Griffith - Public School Funding

Expert on school funding models reviews Illinois's recent history.

Robert Paul Grimes - Korean War

Korean War era infantryman who served with the 3rd Infantry Division

Stella Grobe - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Researcher with the Lee County Historical Society reflects on her memories of young Ronald Reagan.

Al Grosboll - Pension Crisis in Illinois

One of Gov. Jim Edgar's key executive assistants discusses Edgar's attempt to fix Illinois' pension problem

Allen Grosboll - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Worked with Jim Edgar in the offices of Secretary of State and Governor

Rob Grossi - Public School Funding

A township school treasurer discusses Illinois school funding.

Cathy Gruzinsky - Alternatives in Education

Teacher and administrator at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL.

Andrea Guzman - Civics Education

Communications Studies professor examines the current state of journalism in America.

Ut Ha - Vietnam War

A civilian survivor of the Vietnam War who fled that country in 1987

Susan Haake - Architectural Gems

Video tour of the Abraham & Mary Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois

Paul Hackett - World War II

Storekeeper on board the U.S.S. Mindanao in the Pacific Theater

Dr. Lynne Haeffele - School District Reorganization

Policy Director for Education in Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s office.

Terry Hairrell - Vietnam War

Infantry squad leader with the 196th Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War

Georgia Hale - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Bank worker, church and community volunteer

Steve Hall - Korean War

Illinois National Guard at the dawn of the Korean War

Ruth Hambleton - Modern Era

A lifetime farm woman

Joseph Hamburg - World War II

Radio operator for the 9th Infantry Division in Europe

Jennifer Hamilton - School District Reorganization

Superintendent for dual school districts located in Ohio, Illinois.

Robert Hamm - World War II

Engineer who served on the U.S.S. Franklin in the Pacific

Arvid Theodors Hammers - Immigrant Stories

A Latvian immigrant who arrived in America in 1951 after several years in German refugee camps.

Kenneth Hanson - Korean War

Korean War infantryman and prisoner of war

Kermit Harden - World War II

94th Division veteran and prisoner of war in Germany

Susan Harkin - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Illinois Pension Crisis from the perspective of a school district financial officer

Alan Harn - Historians Speak

Illinois based archaeologist for several decades.

Amber Harper - School District Reorganization

A career teacher and school administrator discusses school reorganization initiatives.

Roy Harrington - Modern Era

Career with John Deere following his service during WWII

Kathryn Harris - IHPA legacy

Early years with IL State Historical Library, 1984-1991

Kathryn Harris - Civil Rights Stories

Kathryn's early life until high school

Kathryn Harris - Historians Speak

Kathryn Harris portrays Civil War legend Harriet Tubman.

Manker Harris - Civil Rights Stories

A Church of God minister who was very active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s

Jerry Harrison - School District Reorganization

A member of Illinois' Classrooms First Commission discusses school reorganization.

Ava Harston - School District Reorganization

Member of the Governor's Classroom First Commission discusses school reorganization.

Myles Harston - Modern Era

Owner and manager of AquaRanch

Neil Hartigan - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Former Illinois Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and 1990 gubernatorial candidate

Charles Hartke - Modern Era

Following military service, he became a Representative to the Illinois House, where he focused on agricultural issues.



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