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
July 29- August 6
Ospreys -- The Illinois DNR is trying to establish a population of ospreys (fish eagles) in central Illinois. We visit the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur to see how they examine the chicks before placing them in their hacking sites before they fledge.
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 PM
Green Pastures Performing Arts Camp -- Near Meredosia, teachers and other volunteers have been hosting this performing arts camp for students, ages 10 through 16, for more than 30 years.
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 PM
Souza Archive and Center for American Music -- The bulk of John Phillip Souza’s original music and instruments are housed in a remarkable collection on the U of I campus in Urbana.
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 PM
Sunday, Aug. 3, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 6:30 PM
Illinois Fire Museum -- This will be a busy place during the state fair as visitors crowd in to see the collection of firefighting methods used throughout Illinois history.
Sunday, Aug 3, 4:00 PM
Monday, Aug. 4, 6:30 PM
Western Illinois Threshers -- About 10,000 people will attend the annual show in Hamilton this weekend. This is a peek at what they’ll experience.
Friday, Aug. 1, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6:30 PM