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Leroy Jordan - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Elementary teacher, college administrator, school board member

David Jostes - Rochester

Owner of Jostes Garage in Rochester and Route 66 enthusiast

Fay Jostes - Rochester

Summers in Rochester as a child led to her spending her adult life there

Richard Kahne - Sangamon County

Illinois Bell employee who worked on several Illinois tourist commissions in Springfield, IL.

Malcolm S. Kamin - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Delegate to IL ConCon, working on Education Committee, discusses Pension Clause

Arnold Kanter - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Governor Jim Edgar's first chief counsel (1990-1992)

Mort Kaplan - Governor Dan Walker Project

Close friend and a key public relations advisor during Walker's run for governor

Pauline Kayes - ERA Fight in Illinois

A feminist activist discusses her role in the fight for ERA passage in 1982

Janet Kehoe - Alternatives in Education

Home school teacher who taught her children for over 22 years.

Retta Keithley - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Dixon native who watched Reagan during one of his school plays.

Steven Kelley - School District Reorganization

A proponent for creating the West Carroll School District discusses the merger.

Kathleen Kelly - Higher Education

Former IL Board of High Education member discusses higher ed in Sangamon County.

Timothy Kendall - Vietnam War

A pacifist imprisoned for avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War

Cheryl Kennedy - Looking for Lincoln

Former Looking for Lincoln Board member & Director of the Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Daniel Kennedy - Vietnam War

Army Air Cavalry officer serving in the U.S. during Vietnam War

Tom Kerins - Educational Reform Act 1985

Career educator discusses state learning goals and the IL State Assessment Program.

Michael Kick - Civics Education

Civics training for the judicial branch of government at Kankakee Community College.

Donna Kiel - Civics Education

Director of the Office of Innovative Professional Learning at DePaul U.

Wayne King - Korean War

Marine tanker during the last year of the Korean War

Ben Kiningham - Journalists View

Statewide reporter covering the Illinois Statehouse for forty years

Ben Kiningham - Governor Jim Edgar Project

He covered gubernatorial administrations from Dan Walker to George Ryan

Ben Kiningham - Governor Dan Walker Project

Reporter for various radio stations and a statewide radio network for forty years

James 'Jim' Kinsella - Alternatives in Education

On-line education at secondary level and IL Virtual School.

Jim Kinsella - Modern Era

International reputation for no-till farming

Robert Kirby - Korean War

Military Policeman who served in Korea

Robert (Bob) Kjellander - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Campaign manager for Jim Thompson's 1982 gubernatorial campaign and long-time Republican supporter

Richard 'Fritz' Klein - Historians Speak

Klein talks about his experiences portraying Abraham Lincoln.

Daniel (Dan) Klett - IHSA

Involvement in Illinois sports as a student, coach, principal and official.

Cinda Klickna - Pension Crisis in Illinois

President of the IL Education Association reflects on the state's pension crisis

Mary Klinenberger - Alternatives in Education

President of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School discusses the school's history and mission.

Cathy Kloss - Community College Project

History of Prairie State College (1967) and its forerunner, Bloom Township Junior College.

Vasil William "Bill" Klyasheff - World War II

Airman in the European theater serving in a Fighter Control Squadron

Marian Kneer - Girls Basketball

Supporter and promoter of women's athletics.

David Kneupper - IHPA legacy

Composer of the musical score for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Lynn Knights - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Dixon postal worker who spearheaded the movement to restore and promote the Reagan Home

Susan 'Susie' Knoblauch - IHSA

IHSA Assistant Director for Cheerleading, Dance, Speech, Debate, Drama and Journalism.

John Knoepfle - World War II

Naval small boat officer discusses landing Marines on Iwo Jima and his injury

Terry Knox - Vietnam War

Army Air Cavalry officer serving in the U.S. during Vietnam War

Jennifer Kolar-Burden - Alternatives in Education

Teacher and curriculum coordinator for the on-line Illinois Virtual School.

Peg Kopec - IHSA

St. Francis HS volleyball coach for over 40 years.

Helen Koser - World War II

English war bride and WW II blitz survivor

Mary Ann Koucky - World War II

Childhood in Japanese internment camps in Philippines

Harold John Kraut - Modern Era

Following his service in the Navy during WW II, he returned to the farm in Calhoun County

Edward L Krolak - Community College Project

A career teacher discusses the early history of Illinois Valley Community College.

Philip S Krone - General Interest

Broad overview of his entire career in politics

Daniel Krumrei - Gulf War

IL Adjutant General who spent a career as a minister and Army chaplain

Daniel K Krumrei - People of Faith

History of Faith Lutheran Church of Springfield, Illinois.

Linda Kull - Modern Era

PhD in Plant Pathology

Bob Kustra - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Governor Jim Edgar's lieutenant governor (1991-1999)

Kazimir Ladny - Immigrant Stories

Polish soldier and World War II emigrates to the U.S.

Kazimir Ladny - World War II

Polish soldier and World War II emigrates to the U.S.

Joseph LaHood - Vietnam War

Marine Corps supply specialist during the Vietnam War

Alice Lain - World War II

Typist for the Women's Navy Reserves

Lloyd Lain - World War II

Petty Officer on board the U.S.S. Tebenna in the Pacific Theater

Bill Lair - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Personal friend of Jim and Brenda Edgar and Managing Editor of the Mattoon Journal-Gazette

John Lalor - IHSA

Alden-Hebron High School's coach for eight-man football.

Dr. Patrick Lam - Immigrant Stories

Vietnamese boat person who fled his native land in 1979.

Patrick Lam - Vietnam War

Vietnamese boat person who left that country in 1979 when 7 years old

Paul Lambert - Vietnam War

Marine who patrolled extensively in Quang Ngai province in 1969-70

Thomas Lamont - War On Terror

Asst. Secretary of the Army during the Barack Obama administration

Tom Lamont - Obama in Illinois

Asst. Secretary of the Army during the Barack Obama administration

Carol Lampard - Educational Reform Act 1985

Democratic Caucus staff member's memories of Educational Reform Act of 1985.

Matthew Landrus - Community College Project

English teacher at Lake Land College discusses the Community College's history.

Samuel Lanford - World War II

Korean War veteran who recalls life on the home front during World War II

Louis 'Lou' Lang - General Interest

Recounts the impeachment process of Rod Blagojevich

Sonia Lang - Immigrant Stories

Greek immigrant describes her childhood in Crete and life as an American soldier's wife.

Greg Langan - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

A native of Dixon who is active in historical preservation and promotion.

Ralph Langenheim - World War II

U.S. Naval officer on board LCI ships in Europe

Ossie Langfelder - Immigrant Stories

Austrian immigrant of Jewish descent whose family came to the United States prior to WW II.

Kay Langston - Community College Project

History of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.

Keith Larson - Korean War

Assigned to LST (Landing Ship - Tank) 1077

Michael Latting - Modern Era

Rancher, breeding rodeo horses, and bulls and roping calves and supplying equipment for the U. S. rodeo market

William (Bill) F. Laude - IHSA

High School sports official reflects on officiating football, basketball and baseball.

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz - Civics Education

History/Social Studies Teaching Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University.

Mike Lawrence - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Jim Edgar's press secretary and closest advisor

Mike Lawrence - Journalists View

im Edgar’s Secretary of State years and election campaign of 1990

Helen Lawton - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

A native of Dixon, Illinois who attended the Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

Edward Layden - World War II

Worked alongside German POWs on his family's farm

Tom Layzell - Higher Education

Former Executive Director/Chancellor of the Board of Governors discusses his years in higher ed.

Jason Leahy - Public School Funding

Executive Director of the IL Principal's Association discusses school funding.

Mary Lee Leahy - General Interest

Service on Advisory Board for Gov Rod Blagojevich’s transition team

Mary Lee Leahy - Governor Dan Walker Project

Worked on Blagojevich transition team.

Dr. Margaret Lee - Community College Project

President of Oakton Community College traces the school's history.

Dr. Margaret Lehner - Community College Project

History of Moraine Valley Community College.

Gary Leib - Korean War

Assigned to the USS Boxer, an Essex class aircraft carrier

Robert Leininger - School District Reorganization

Illinois State Superintendent from 1988 to 1994 discusses school reorganizations.

Wade Lemons - Vietnam War

A non-commissioned officer remembers his experiences during the Vietnam War

Kristin Lems - ERA Fight in Illinois

Folksinger for the ERA movement in the 1970s, 1980s and today

Robert Lenz - Public School Funding

A discussion on school funding and the Committee for Educational Rights v Edgar lawsuit.

Jose Lera - Immigrant Stories

Immigrant from Venezuela who settled in Florida in mid-1990s.

Yeni Carolina Lera - Immigrant Stories

Growing up in Venezuela and immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

Melvin Lester - Cold War Era

Air Force veteran during Cuban Missile Crisis and in Vietnam

Elizabeth Levin - IHSA

Journalism teacher discusses the IHSA's journalism competitions.

Ann Lewis - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

President of the Reagan Home Foundation Board discusses the Ronald Reagan Centennial.

Charlotte Lewis - Girls Basketball

IL State University basketball star, Olympian and professional basketball player.

Doris Reynolds Lewis - Delta Sigma Theta

A retired teacher and charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

Gay Lewison - Korean War

Assigned to help defend the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea

Senator Kimberly Lightford - Educational Reform Act 1985

Illinois State Senator discusses the legacy of the 1985 Educational Reform Act.

Paul Lingenfelter - Higher Education

Former IBHE Dept. Dir. for Fiscal Affairs discusses budgeting and funding models.

Brian Liska - IHSA

East Aurora High School band director discusses music competitions.



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