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Bill Piper - Korean War

40th Division Soldier during the Korean War

Carol Plodzien - Girls Basketball

Girl’s head basketball coach at Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois.

Mark Plummer - Historians Speak

Scholar of Lincoln and Illinois studies and former Professor of History at Illinois State University.

Alexander Polikoff - Public School Funding

The 'Carr v. Koch' Illinois Supreme Court case on school district property taxes.

Dr. Robert Poorman - Community College Project

President of Lincoln Land Community College discusses the school's history.

David Porter - Civics Education

A life-long journalist discusses the development of civics education legislation in IL.

Scott Porter - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Pastor from Sterling, Illinois who served on the Reagan Boyhood Home Board for many years discusses his multiple encounters with the former president.

Roger Poszgai - Vietnam War

Medical equipment maintenance specialist during Vietnam War

Serena Preston - Alternatives in Education

Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.

Cornelius Price - World War II

African-American quartermaster in a segregated army

Gary Price - Gulf War

Marine aviator's career from Vietnam thru Gulf War and Beyond

Gary Price - Vietnam War

Marine aviator's career from Vietnam thru Gulf War and Beyond

Shannon Price - School District Reorganization

A parent who opposed a suggested school consolidation for three small schools.

Martin Prickett - War On Terror

Iowa National Guardsman's experiences in Kuwait (2004) and Afghanistan (2011)

Robert Pritchard - Public School Funding

Historical overview of education funding and its future challenges.

Sylvia Puente - Public School Funding

Ex. Director of Chicago's Latino Forum discusses the Education Funding Advisory Board and minority education.

Paula Purdue - ERA Fight in Illinois

Teacher, lobbyist and activist for women’s equality

Elizabeth Beth Purvis - Public School Funding

Gov. Rauner's Sec. of Education talks about school funding legislation.

Dr. James Quaid - IHSA

IL High School Association from a Private School perspective.

Brent Rademacher - Alternatives in Education

Principal's perspective of Bismarck-Henning & Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School.

Peter Rafferty - Vietnam War

Marine who served in Vietnam in 1964-65 as a radio operator in an infantry regiment

Anthony (Tony) Rainey - IHSA

Former Luther South High School principal reflects on his life in sports.

David Ramsey - Rochester

Rochester's history in 19th century and Ramsey's life in Rochester.

Lorene Ramsey - Girls Basketball

Former women's head softball and basketball coach at Illinois Central College.

Joseph Rank - Vietnam War

Naval officer who served on a destroyer and a cruiser off Vietnamese waters

Perry Rannebarger - World War II

U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 132nd Infantry in Europe and the Pacific

Terry Ransom - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Studied the Underground Railroad extensively

James "Jim" Rapp - Community College Project

John Wood Community College's attorney discusses the institution's history.

Gerald Raschke - World War II

B-26 tail gunner in southern Europe during WW II

John Raschke - Korean War

Engineer advisor with MAC-V in the Mekong Delta

John S. Raschke - Vietnam War

Engineer advisor with MAC-V in the Mekong Delta

Hedy Ratner - ERA Fight in Illinois

Chicago-based feminist who has been active in the women’s issues since the 1970s

Ron Reagan - Ronald Reagan In Dixon

Interview with Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan

Sarah Reckmeyer - IHSA

Award-winning band director at Ottawa Township High School.

Harry Reed - World War II

Flight engineer on board a C-54 Skymaster

Timothy Reed - Modern Era

High school agriculture teacher

Dan Reese - Korean War

Lived in Korea in 1946-1947 while his father served in the Provisional Government

Debra Reid - Modern Era

Participated in academic research on living history farms in the U. S. and Denmark

Jim Reilly - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Thompson (1983-1989)

Jim Reilly - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Thompson (1983-1989)

Gene Reineke - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Reineke worked in a various positions in the Jim Thompson administration

Gene Reineke - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Reineke worked for ten years in various capacities in the Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar administrations

Randy Reitz - Public School Funding

Former Bond County Clerk discusses school funding and election oversight.

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Sally Renaud - IHSA

Executive director of Illinois Journalism Education Association talks about the inclusion of journalism competitions in the IHSA.

Bernard Resnick - Korean War

Combat Engineer during dark days of the Korean War

Jerome Reynolds - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Worked in the Real Estate business following in his Mothers Footsteps

Harry Rhodes - Modern Era

Executive Director of Growing Home

Randall Richardson - Vietnam War

U.S. Army infantry platoon leader with 101st Airborne Div

Gloria Riddick - Delta Sigma Theta

Charter member of Springfield Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter and retired program manager

Ralph Rinehart - World War II

U.S. Army veteran who served in a Quartermaster unit in the Pacific

Father Joel Rippinger - Alternatives in Education

Teacher, coach and chaplain at Marion Academy in Aurora.

David Risley - War On Terror

David Risley 2015 Interview Judicial Attaché to Egypt discusses that nation's recent revolutions

David Risley - War On Terror

War on Terror-2007, David worked on Saddam Hussein’s War Crimes trial

Robert Ritter - Vietnam War

Vietnam veteran who served as a fire control technician on a navy vessel

Lester and Rita Robbins - Modern Era

Grain farm operation along with corn shelling business

Bill Roberts - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Served as Governor Jim Edgar's chief legal counsel from 1995 to 1997

Rozanne Robertson - Family Memories

A young woman's career as a personnel manager during 1950s thru 1980s.

Veronica Robison - Springfield African-American History Foundation

Small business owner; activist; advocate for equality

Phil Rock - Legislators Project

Sen. Rock's associations with Governor Jim Edgar, 1991-1993

Phil Rock - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Illinois State Senator (1970-1993)

Spencer Rockford - IHSA

Former Ottawa Township High School student discusses the school's successful music program.

Bob Rogers - IHPA legacy

Early career, launching BRC & obtaining ALPLM exhibit design contract

Tim Romani - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Legal counsel to Adlai Stevenson III during 1982 and 1986 gubernatorial elections

Janet Roney - Modern Era

Daughter of Charles Shuman, President of the American Farm Bureau

Jack Rooney - Family Memories

A native of Cherry Illinois and shares his insights of the Cherry Mine disaster.

Karen Roppa - Girls Basketball

Former coach and official from Illinois Plainfield, Illinois.

Charles Ross - Modern Era

Shows Montadale sheep at the Illinois State Fair

Michael Rotello - Legislators Project

Former State Representative from Winnebago County, IL

Marjorie Roth - Immigrant Stories

Emigrated from Slovenia to the United States in 1933.

Mitchell Roth - General Interest

General Counsel for IL Education Association discusses Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case

Merle Roughton - World War II

Illinois National Guardsman who served in the European Theater

Paula Stadeker and Georgia Rountree - Springfield African-American History Foundation

A founding member of the graduate chapter for AKA sorority at Tennessee State University

Dee Runaas - Civics Education

A civics educator provides information about teacher training and high school civics education.

Edward Runge - Modern Era

Discusses the stages in evolution in agriculture

Edward Russell - Modern Era

Owner of vineyard and winery

Wendy Ryerson - Public School Funding

Supervisor of Assessments for Lee County, Illinois.

Bob Sakamoto - IHSA

Chicago Tribune sports writer who spent his life covering Chicagoland high school sports.

Ziyad N. Samara - Immigrant Stories

A West Bank Palestinian’s journey to the United States.

Alexander Samaras - World War II

U.S. Naval officer who transported troops in Europe and the Pacific

Orion Samuelson - Modern Era

Agriculture Director and voice of agriculture at WGN Radio in Chicago

Dr.Ted Sanders - Educational Reform Act 1985

Discussion with the former Illinois State Board of Education Bilingual Director.

Mary Lee Sargent - ERA Fight in Illinois

Life-long activist for women's and LGBT rights shares memories of 1982

Lauren Sartain - Alternatives in Education

The Chicago Public School's GoCPS procedure for school selection.

Marilyn Satterwhite - Community College Project

History of Danville Area Community College from 1966 to 2013.

Gretchen Sauer - Girls Basketball

Coach for the first girl's basketball team at Downers South High School in Downers Grove, IL.

Gayle Dr. Saunders - Community College Project

President of Richland Community College discusses the school's history.

Stephen Scates - Modern Era

15,000 family acres of soybeans and corn

Richard Schachtsiek - IHPA legacy

IHPA Site Interpreter and Administrator

William 'Bill' Schalz - IHSA

Swim coach for the highly successful program at Rosary High School.

Henry Scheff - Pension Crisis in Illinois

AFSCME Communications Director's perspective on Illinois pension crisis

Delbert Scheider - Community College Project

History of Highland Community College from perspective of College trustee.

Scott Schertz - Modern Era

Discusses the evolution of Schertz Aerial Service, Incorporated

Roy Schilling - General Interest

His interview covers his educational career, connections to Governor Richard J. Oglesby’s family

Bill Schimm - World War II

Infantry veteran with 4th Infantry Division who also worked as a clerk

Phyllis Schlafly - ERA Fight in Illinois

Life-long conservative activist and founder of the Stop-ERA movement which was credited with the defeat of the ERA Amendment in 1982

John R. Schmidt - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Legal counsel to Adlai Stevenson III during 1982 and 1986 gubernatorial elections

Jon Schmidt - Civics Education

Faculty member at Loyola University's School of Education discusses civics education

Frances Schneider - World War II

Civilian instructor of Morse code during World War II



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