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Feature
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 12:00 am

People, places, and peculiarities at the
Illinois State Fair

Seeds of changePrisoners take pride in their fancy foliage Next year, when he comes to the Illinois State Fair, Trinity Payne plans to eat ice cream and caramel apples and try "that big slide.
Feature
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 12:00 am

Jacksonville built the world's first portable Ferris Wheel

Believe it or not, Bulgaria may be responsible for the most common carnival ride at any state fair. "Pleasure Wheels"--powered by strong men cranking large wooden rings with riders sitting on attached
News
Thursday, July 17, 2003 12:00 am

The AFL-CIO saves one of the nation’s oldest labor temples

Looking at the building a block from downtown Jacksonville, you might wonder why this eyesore is still standing. An ordinary three-story red brick box at 228 South Mauvaisterre, the Jacksonville Labor
Guest Opinion
Thursday, June 12, 2003 12:00 am
Quick--who was the first poet laureate of Illinois? If you said Carl Sandburg, you'd be wrong. Don't feel too bad; Governor Rod Blagojevich didn't know either. When he announced his search for a ne

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