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.
Find Mark McDonald on Twitter @MarkILStories and purchase a copy of recent episodes here:
Join us for this Emmy award winning series.
This Week On Illinois Stories
August 25-September 3
Decatur Street Organs -- A Decatur man collects a dazzling variety of self-playing musical instruments.
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6:30 PM
Jacksonville Collector Jack Lukeman -- This downtown businessman rents an old car dealership to hold his massive collection.
Monday, Aug. 25, 6:30 PM
Grimshaw -- This old Pittsfield mansion has been in the same family for generations. The many changes it has undergone all seek to keep with the original style.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 PM
Decatur Hummingbird Festival -- At Rock Springs Nature Center about 100 bird watchers came to watch their favorite species be captured, banded and “adopted”.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 6:30 PM
Sunday, Aug. 31, 4:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:30 PM
183rd Fighter Wing New Mission -- The Air National Guard base in Springfield just completed a $25 million upgrade.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 7:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 31, 4:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 1, 6:30 PM
Fitz Randolph House -- In Carthage, the massive Italianate style mansion from 1873 now welcomes visitors. Thursday, Aug. 28, 7:30 PM
Friday, Aug. 29, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 PM