From the Decatur Celebration and the Farm Progress Show to the storied ferris wheels of Jacksonville; from Lincoln's footsteps in Springfield and New Salem to the historic barns of the Macomb area; from the river heritage of Quincy and Hannibal to the bounty of the richest farmland on earth, Mark McDonald takes us through a central Illinois we thought we knew.
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This Week On Illinois Stories..
Dec. 5th - Dec. 12th...
Cigar Box Guitar Builder -- An eastern Illinois man has found that musical instruments can be made from wooden boxes of almost any kind. They play well and sound good.
Thursday, Dec. 5th, 6:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 8th, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 6:30 PM
Lincoln Depot Springfield -- A local couple purchases the Lincoln Depot, adds a modern law office and keeps the historic site open to the public.
Sunday, Dec. 8th, 4:00PM
Monday, Dec. 9th, 6:30 PM
Raptor Rehab -- A Quincy veterinarian helps birds of prey who have been injured get back to their natural habitat or keeps them in a safe environment.
Friday, Dec. 6th, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 6:30 PM
Nov. 28th - Dec. 4th...
Penfield Neon -- Practicing a nearly lost art, a Penfield man designs, builds and repairs neon signs. We document the science and the art.
Thursday, Nov. 28th, 6:30 PM;
Sunday, Dec. 1st, 4:30 PM;
Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 6:30 PM.
Illinois Supreme Court -- Before it closed for restoration, we had a chance to tour the historic Supreme Court Building with none other than Supreme Court Justice Ann Burke.
Sunday, Dec. 1st, 4:00 PM;
Monday, Dec. 2nd, 6:30 PM.
Quincy Soccer Coach Jack MacKenzie --A Quincy legend Coach MacKenzie retires after 43 years at the helm of the storied Quincy University soccer program.
Friday, Nov. 29th, 6:30 PM;
Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 6:30 PM.
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Producer & Host Mark McDonald
Mark McDonald has worked in television and media relations for more than 30 years as a news reporter and anchor, public affairs specialist and now, as an Emmy award-winning chronicler of life in Central and West Central Illinois. If he can snare an interview with Barack Obama he will have the distinction of having interviewed our past 4 presidents at some time in their careers. While he enjoyed his positions in television news and media affairs, his present job as producer and host of “Illinois Stories” is his favorite.