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Illinois Stories

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

Aug 31- Sept 9

Female Blacksmith -- At only 20 years old, this young blacksmith has moved her business into the historic Civil War era blacksmith shop on the square in Newman.
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6:30 PM

Cocoa Blue Chocolates -- An attorney turned chocolatier has opened a thriving business in the old Rochester City Hall.
Monday, Aug. 31, 6:30 PM

William M Gray House -- The author of the Dick and Jane books, a leader in literacy teaching, was born in this Coatsburg house.
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6:30 PM

Decatur Hummingbirds -- Rock Springs Nature center in Decatur hosts a “hummingbird festival” each summer.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 6, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30 PM

The Farm -- This Petersburg area business features herbs, flowers and artifacts designed in a number of “theme gardens”.
Sunday, Sept. 6, 4:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 7, 6:30 PM

Hancock County Gun Club -- This club has been around for many decades and prides itself on bringing in national “talent” for shooting seminars.
Friday, Sept. 4, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30 PM

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