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
Bill Bartlow Rushville Theater Organ -- Bill Bartlow couldn’t bear to see the Orpheum Theater organ destroyed when they demolished the building, so he bought it and added an addition to his house so he could install it. It sounds just as good today as it did all those years ago.
Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 PM
Police Patch Collector -- An Edinburg couple has turned their passion for collecting police patches into a thriving business of designing and producing police and fire patches for departments all over the world.
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 PM
Underground Railroad Tour Jacksonville -- The Jacksonville Historical Society hosts a tour each spring to show the stops on the underground railroad and educate the public about the “conductors”.
Thursday, April 17, 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 20, 4:00 PM
Monday, April 21, 6:30 PM
Mason County Democrat -- This newspaper and the Fulton County newspaper are the oldest existing businesses in their respective counties. The family that operates them has deep roots in the newspapers’ histories.
Thursday, April 17, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 18, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 PM