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Springfield, Illinois’ Train Station

On the surface, this old train station in Springfield, Illinois may not seem to be that important.  However, when you consider the bookends it represented…

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A President-Elect and a Yard Sale

When people move, they often put some items up for sale and place others in the trash.  Now imagine it is the President-Elect of the…

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Salem, Illionois’ Library

In Salem, Illinois you’ll find a library named for a man who never set foot in this town. He simply admired the man who was…

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William Jenning Bryan

ver a century has passed since this man ran for president three times.  While he never held the oval office, his words, speeches and actions…

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A Fountain Mightier than Skyscrapers

Many city parks have fountains.  But imagine a fountain that could shoot water higher than buildings and drew visitors from across the nation to view…

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To the Courts For a Park

We know names like Montgomery Ward and Marshall Field because of the stores that carried their name.  But most people do not know of the…

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Chicago’s Lake Park

In downtown Chicago there is a wide stretch of land between Michigan Avenue and the Lake Michigan that was never developed for business.  But why…

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County Flags of the Civil War

In the days of the Civil War, many regiments consisted of men all from the same county. Each regiment had their own flag and when…

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The Spencer Rifle

Imagine you had invented a new type of rifle that could be helpful to the U.S. military. How would you go about selling your device?…

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Cheese in the Windy City

As a veterinarian, Brian Gerloff knows a lot about helping animals. However, his business model is also helping farmers and big city consumers in the…

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Prairie Pure Cheese

When this veterinarian began his practice just outside of Chicago, he may never have imagined how the growing city would affect his work. Now he…

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A Cowboy Named Gordon Lillie

Many of us had childhood heroes, and for Gordon it was the famous showman Buffalo Bill. What he might never have imagined was how he…

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Discovering Dickson Mounds

Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago, these giant cities were scattered across the nation. Today we try to uncover their link…

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Dickson Mounds

Today we say hello to our listeners on WDUK in Havanna, IL. This nice town on the Illinois River is far from the first city…

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The Carthage Jail

Jails aren’t supposed to be a thing of beauty, but the tanned limestone walls of this 1839 jailhouse in Carthage, Illinois are quite pretty set…

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WCAZ Radio

Today’s program comes from the studios of WCAZ Radio in Carthage, Illinois. It’s a place with a long tradition in broadcasting…a place that’s been on…

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Kermit Bell

Over 2 decades after he first entered the army, Kermit Bell was now on his way to Vietnam. Not only would he serve in that…

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