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WW II Polish soldier in Russian & German POW camps
Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps. Marine Corps supply specialist during the Vietnam War
Typist for the Women's Navy Reserves
Petty Officer on board the U.S.S. Tebenna in the Pacific Theater
Personal friend of Jim and Brenda Edgar and Managing Editor of the Mattoon Journal-Gazette
Alden-Hebron High School's coach for eight-man football.
Vietnamese boat person who fled his native land in 1979.
Vietnamese boat person who left that country in 1979 when 7 years old
Marine who patrolled extensively in Quang Ngai province in 1969-70
Civil Affairs officer with service both in Bosnia and Iraq
Asst. Secretary of the Army during the Barack Obama administration
Democratic Caucus staff member's memories of Educational Reform Act of 1985.
English teacher at Lake Land College discusses the Community College's history.
Korean War veteran who recalls life on the home front during World War II
IL House Democratic leader discusses the Gov. Blagojevich impeachment
Greek immigrant describes her childhood in Crete and life as an American soldier's wife.
A native of Dixon who is active in historical preservation and promotion.
U.S. Naval officer on board LCI ships in Europe
Austrian immigrant of Jewish descent whose family came to the United States prior to WW II.
History of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.
Navy seaman assigned to an LST during the Korean War
Discussion as a farmer and Rodeo promoter in Illinois.
High School sports official reflects on officiating football, basketball and baseball.
History/Social Studies Teaching Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University.
Life-long journalist and Jim Edgar's Press Secretary from 1987 to 1997
Life-long journalist and Jim Edgar's Press Secretary from 1987 to 1997
A native of Dixon, Illinois who attended the Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan.
Worked alongside German POWs on his family's farm
Former Executive Director/Chancellor of the Board of Governors discusses his years in higher ed.
Executive Director of the IL Principal's Association discusses school funding.
An attorney's involvement in the Dan Walker administration and in landmark Supreme Court cases.
An attorney's involvement in the Dan Walker administration and in landmark Supreme Court cases
President of Oakton Community College traces the school's history.
History of Moraine Valley Community College.
Assigned to the USS Boxer, an Essex class aircraft carrier
Army aviator an Medivac pilot during the Vietnam War
Illinois State Superintendent from 1988 to 1994 discusses school reorganizations.
A non-commissioned officer remembers his experiences during the Vietnam War
Folksinger for the ERA movement in the 1970s, 1980s and today
A discussion on school funding and the Committee for Educational Rights v Edgar lawsuit.
Immigrant from Venezuela who settled in Florida in mid-1990s.
Growing up in Venezuela and immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.
Air Force veteran during Cuban Missile Crisis and in Vietnam
Journalism teacher discusses the IHSA's journalism competitions.
Executive Director of the IL Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission discusses centennial events
IL State University basketball star, Olympian and professional basketball player.
A retired teacher and charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
A former U S Attorney in Springfield, IL and Civil Rights Activist
Army infantryman during first year of brutal combat during Korean War
Illinois State Senator discusses the legacy of the 1985 Educational Reform Act.
Former IBHE Dept. Dir. for Fiscal Affairs discusses budgeting and funding models.
Administrator for the Warren County Health Department
East Aurora High School band director discusses music competitions.
Director of Athletics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale form 1985 to 1987.
Travel aide, scheduler, then advisor on the policy staff for Governor Jim Edgar
Educational reform from the perspective of Gov. Thompson's Education staff and State Board of Education.
11th Armored Division tanker's experiences at the Bulge and Central Europe
Home front memories of World War II and VJ Day in San Francisco
A 'Rosy the Riveter' during WWII
Veteran, factory worker, first black uniformed police officer in Springfield
Infantryman in 106th IN Div captured during Battle of the Bulge
Lockhart discusses his over 50 years as a lobbyist in Springfield
Community activist, born in Jamaica
Long-time member of Luther Memorial Church discusses the congregation's history.
Law professor at the John Marshall Law School
Renowned expert on 1970 state Constitution discusses IL pension crisis
Chair of Civil Service Commission during Gov. Thompson administration
Research Assistant at 1970 Constitutional Convention & Civil Service Commission during Gov. Thompson administration
Former director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum discusses its founding.
Farmer, World War II veteran and career ag teacher shares his insights
IL State Senator and colleague of Barack Obama
A career teacher and coach becomes successful IL State Senator
Accomplishments of a career teacher and coach at Okawville High School
Growing up on a southern Illinois dairy farm in 1940s & '50s
Career educator and Illinois State Legislator discusses school reorganization issues.
Army tank crew member serving in Korea during the last year of the war
President of Sangamon State University and Chancellor of University of Illinois at Springfield.
Former women’s Athletic Director at ISU and president of the Assn for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
Head of Gov. Edgar's special task force on welfare reform
A discussion of Illinois's long public pension history
Legislative Assistant to Governor Otto Kerner when the Jr. College Act of 1965 was passed.
Sen. Manar discusses SB 1947, landmark school funding legislation.
Gov. Jim Thompson's budget director from 1977 to 1990
Concordia University professor discusses Illinois school funding.
Director of School and Community Experiences at the University of Illinois.
Former Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (1991-2003)
Farming from a farm wife's perspective.
Illinoisan assigned to Puerto Rico's 65th Inf Regiment during Korean War
Chaplain and former superintendent for St. Bede Academy in Peru, Illinois.
Respected TV journalist discusses media literacy, ethics and challenges for journalists
African-American quartermaster soldier who served in northern Europe
Principal at University High School (UIS) discusses the Lab School.
Looking for Lincoln in Jacksonville and evolution of the LOL Board of Directors.
Rabbi for the Temple Israel in Springfield, IL for 43 years.
Historian for the First Christian Church in Dixon talks about his research on the city and its connection to Ronald Reagan.
Member of the 1976 U.S. Woman’s Olympic Team and teammate and friend of Charlotte Lewis.
WW II Submariner on boat patrolling Japanese shipping lanes in the Pacific
First President of the IL Math Science Academy discusses its creation and development.
Artillery forward observer's service in Vietnam
Professor of Journalism at DePaul University discusses civics education