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Jennie Battles - Architectural Gems

Tour of the Vachel Lindsay home given by the site manager

Susan Haake - Architectural Gems

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

August Wisnosky - Architectural Gems

Field architect for Old State Capitol reconstruction in late 1960s

Marcia Young - Architectural Gems

Site Manager Marcia Young gives a tour of Bloomington's David Davis mansion

Ray Ackerman - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Former legislative chair for the Retired State Employees Association

Claire Edgecomb, Ron Krause, and J. Michael Barker - People of Faith

Three Blending Committee members discuss the process of combining three churches into one.

William 'Bill' Barnhart - Governor Dan Walker Project

Journalist for the Suburban Tribune during the Walker administration

Ellyn Bartges - Family Memories

Early days of Girls' & Women's Basketball

Peter Beckwith - Cold War Era

Cold War Beckwith was as a Priest, Bishop, and officer in the Navy Reserve

David Blanchette - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Assistant Press Secretary for Gov. Pat Quinn from 2013-2014

David Blanchette - Obama in Illinois

ALPLM Communications Manager

Mary Bohlen - ERA Fight in Illinois

A journalist/educator's view on the 1982 ERA fight in the IL Legislature

Larry Bomke - Legislators Project

Illinois politicians career on Sangamon County Board and IL Senate

Jim Edgar - Governor Jim Edgar Project

Former Illinois Governor (1991-1999)

Bill Morgan - Governor Pat Quinn Project

An intern's/aid's perspective of the Gov. Quinn administration

James Thompson - Governor Jim Thompson Project

Illinois's governor from January, 1977 to January, 1991

Jean Pierre Aubry - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Associate Dir. of State and Local Research at Boston College's Center for Retirement Research

Jon and Jeanne Berg - People of Faith

Jon and Jeanne Berg served as missionaries in west Africa during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Gene Blade - Cold War Era

Cold War era artilleryman who finished career as USP&FO in IL National Guard

Larry Bomke - Obama in Illinois

Illinois State Senator and colleague of Obama

Mary Bremer - Family Memories

Mary (Cagle) Horman Bremer shares her family's history through the depression, WW II and the good times.

Edward M Burke - General Interest -Statecraft

A policeman's perspective of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago

Susan Catania - ERA Fight in Illinois

Reflections on the movement to pass ERA since 1982

A. Delinda Chapman - ERA Fight in Illinois

Illinois educator, administrator and artist discusses the ERA fight in Illinois

John Cullerton - Legislators Project

Long-serving legislator and IL Senate President from 2009 to 2020

Barbara Flynn Currie - Legislators Project

Majority Leader Currie discusses her long career in the IL Legislature

Nancy deGrazia - Governor Dan Walker Project

Assistant to Governor Dan Walker from 1973 to 1977

Jim Banovetz - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Expert on local government and staffer at IL ConCOn discusses pension issues

John Borling - Obama in Illinois

Career Air Force Officer, Vietnam War era POW, and 2004 Senate Candidate

Richard Bowen - Cold War Era

Soldier stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War

Terry Brennan - Family Memories

Jazz musician and music teacher.

Gene Callahan - General Interest -Statecraft

Political staffer and advisor to Paul Simon, Alan Dixon and Major League Baseball

Barbara Flynn Currie - ERA Fight in Illinois

ERA fight in Illinois from 1978 to June, 1982

Lee Daniels - Legislators Project

Long-serving Republican leader in the IL House of Representatives

Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer - People of Faith

Minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, IL.

William Goldberg - Governor Dan Walker Project

Governor Dan Walker's Legal Counsel and long-time friend

Jerry Stermer - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Governor Quinn's first Chief of Staff and then Budget Director

Jennie Battles - IHPA legacy

Site Manager for Vachel Lindsay home and IHPA employee from 1986-2014

Matt Bierman - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Director of Budget at WIU and a Macomb School Board member discusses pensions

John Cullerton - Obama in Illinois

Senator Cullerton's experiences with then IL State Senator Barack Obama

Barbara Flynn Currie - Obama in Illinois

House Majority Leader and representative from Obama's legislative district

Suzanne Deuchler - Legislators Project

Republican legislator from Kane County, 1981 to 1999

Janis Droegkamp - Family Memories

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

William Feurer - General Interest -Statecraft

Assistant to Governor Otto Kerner from 1963 to 1968

Doris Fischer - People of Faith

History of Faith Lutheran Church of Springfield, Illinois.

Carol Frederick - ERA Fight in Illinois

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

Richard Herndon - Cold War Era

Growing up with a fallout shelter in the basement

Mort Kaplan - Governor Dan Walker Project

Long-time friend and public relations advisor to Governor Dan Walker

David Vaught - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Gov. Pat Quinn's budget director and life-long friend

Erin Bishop - IHPA legacy

Former head of Education Services with the IHPA at the Presidential Library and Museum

Senator Daniel Biss - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Illinois State Senator discusses the origins of the state's pension crisis

John F Dunn - Legislators Project

Democratic state legislator representing the Decatur area from 1975 to 1995

Jim Edgar - Obama in Illinois

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

Paul Findley - General Interest -Statecraft

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

Jeri Frederick - ERA Fight in Illinois

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

Dr. Matthew Holden - Cold War Era

Life on a depression era Mississippi farm and in the Cold War Army

Ben Kiningham - Governor Dan Walker Project

An IL statehouse reporter for several radio stations from the 1970s thru 2000s

Daniel K Krumrei - People of Faith

A career Christian Church-Disciples of Christ minister and Army National Guard chaplain

Tim Blair - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Executive Director of the State Retirement System of IL talks pensions

David Blanchette - IHPA legacy

Communications Manager (Public Information Officer) for IHPA and ALPLM

Thomas Ewing - Legislators Project

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

Jim Frazier - Obama in Illinois

Gold Star father and speaker at Obama campaign events in 2008

Burnell Heinecke - Family Memories

Burnell's early life in Freeburg, IL and education.

Beverly Helm-Renfro - General Interest -Statecraft

Daughter of photographer ‘Doc’ Helm, and admin asst to state Senator Barack Obama from 2001 to 2004

Pauline Kayes - ERA Fight in Illinois

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

Mary Lee Leahy - Governor Dan Walker Project

An attorney's involvement in the Dan Walker administration and in landmark Supreme Court cases

Melvin Lester - Cold War Era

Air Force veteran during Cuban Missile Crisis and in Vietnam

Mary Loken - People of Faith

Long-time member of Luther Memorial Church discusses the congregation's history.

David Blanchette 2015 - IHPA legacy

Public Information Officer for IHPA discusses creation of ALPLM

Larry Bomke - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Former Republican State Senator talks about the pension fights of the 1990s and 2000s

Dennis Hastert - Legislators Project

An Illinois legislator from 1981 through 1986 before heading to the U.S. House

Beverly Helm-Renfro - Obama in Illinois

Administrative assistant to State Senator Barack Obama

Mark Janus - General Interest -Statecraft

Plaintiff in the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case in 2018

Jim Johnson - Family Memories

The General Manager and Superintendant of the Rail Golf Course of Springfield, Illinois.

Kristin Lems - ERA Fight in Illinois

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

Rabbi Barry Marks - People of Faith

Rabbi for the Temple Israel in Springfield, IL for 43 years.

Toby McDaniel - Cold War Era

Cold War era Navy veteran

Taylor Pensoneau - Governor Dan Walker Project

Journalist and author reporting on the Illinois Political Scene

Robert Butler - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Participant in 1970 IL State Constitutional Convention discusses its impact on pensions

Julie Cellini - IHPA legacy

Long-time Chair of the IHPA Board of Trustees talks about the creation of ALPLM

Denny Jacobs - Obama in Illinois

IL State Senator and friend of Barack Obama

Denny Jacobs - Legislators Project

Democratic mayor of East Moline before becoming an IL State Senator

LuAnn Johnson - Family Memories

Executive Director of Oak Ridge Cemetery -Lincoln's final resting place

Philip S Krone - General Interest -Statecraft

Illinois political consultant from the late 1960s thru the early 2000s

Gary McCants - People of Faith

AME Presiding Elder who ministered to public congregations and within the halls of the IL Legislature

T Ray McJunkins - People of Faith

Baptist pastor's ministry in Kansas, Texas and in Springfield, Illinois

Dawn Clark Netsch - ERA Fight in Illinois

IL State Senator during Illinois Legislature's ERA battles

Jan Staggs - Cold War Era

Personnel specialist stationed in Okinawa during Vietnam War

David Vaught - Governor Dan Walker Project

Dave Vaught's work on Dan Walker's 1972 gubernatorial campaign

John Cullerton - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Efforts to reform Illinois's pension system while Senate President, 2009-2019

Robert Coomer - IHPA legacy

Former director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency from 2004-2007

Ted Dabrowski - Pension Crisis in Illinois

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

Emil Jones - Legislators Project

Long-time IL State Senator, Senate President from 2003-2008

Fernando Jones - Family Memories

World-class Blues musician, educator, and songwriter

Tom Lamont - Obama in Illinois

Asst. Secretary of the Army during the Barack Obama administration



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