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
November 24-December 2
Love Package Ministry -- In tiny Butler (Montgomery County), an old warehouse is buzzing with activity as a not-for-profit collects and sends printed Christian materials all over the globe.
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6:30 PM
Camp Ellis -- In Ipava, a local family keeps World War II history alive in a museum that documents the importance of Camp Ellis to the war effort.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 6:30 PM
Decatur Street Organs -- A Decatur man collects, repairs and rebuilds a staggering number of “self- playing” instruments. Thursday, Nov. 26, 6:30 PM
Sunday, Nov. 29, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 PM
Franciscan Nativity Festival 2015 -- This is a preview of this year’s Franciscan Nativity Festival at the Springfield Motherhouse. It features the stories of local families and the nativity settings they are loaning to the festival.
Thursday, Nov. 26, 7:00 PM; Sunday
Nov. 29, 4:00 PM; Monday
Nov. 30, 6:30 PM
M&M Shrimp Shack -- Central Illinois is maybe the last place you’d expect to find a shrimp raising operation, but in Mendon two friends have partnered to make fresh shrimp available year round.
Thursday, Nov. 26, 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 PM