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
August 30-Sep. 8
Windmill Maker Paul Behrends -- Landowners still want windmills on their farms and one Champaign County man still builds them.
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 PM
John and Mary Warnock’s Farm -- This McDonough County couple has planted more than 50,000 trees and spent more than 30 years turning over-grazed land into a conservationist’s paradise.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6:30 PM
Sculptor John McClarey --This Decatur artist is world renown for his Lincoln sculptures. He shows us through his studio and demonstrates the process.
Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 4, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6:30 PM
Illinois Supreme Court Restoration -- Chief Justice Rita Garman shows us through the recently restored Supreme Court building.
Sunday, Sept. 4, 4:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 5, 6:30 PM
Frederick, IL Mansion -- Frederick was once a busy Illinois River port, but now all that’s left is the mansion that was built by a wealthy lumber baron. It has been restored as a family home and artists’ retreat.
Friday, Sept. 2, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6:30 PM
The Best of Illinois Stories: LIVE
Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Host Mark McDonald shares some of his recent favorite episodes during a live pledge event.