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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:05 am
 When the weather outside is frightful, you may be looking for someplace delightful. Head to an indoor botanical garden and you can pretend you are in the tropics without leaving the state.Spring...
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 10:16 am
 When I was growing up, I loved going to my mom’s cousin’s house for Sunday dinner. Iva Rose would serve seemingly endless platters of chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden v...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 12:09 am

Visit Black Hawk, John Deere and Ronald Reagan in northern Illinois

 Black Hawk, John Deere and Ronald Reagan are an unlikely trio, but you can honor all of them with a trip along the Rock River. Stop to see the stately trees at White Pines Forest State Park and...
Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:45 am
Alton is a curiosity-seeker’s paradise. Where else can you celebrate the 100th birthday of the world’s tallest man, pay homage to an anti-slavery and press freedom martyr, marvel at antique tortur...
Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:06 am
Mention the Galapagos Islands and many think of tortoises or Charles Darwin. Layne Zimmers discovered there is so much more to this area of the world when she was selected as a Lindblad Expeditions an...
Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:07 am

For the bicentennial, explore Illinois

 Driving east on I-72 on a crisp fall Saturday, you may encounter carloads of orange-clad Illini fans, heading to Champaign-Urbana to tailgate outside Memorial Stadium or cheer the football team...
Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:11 am
David Estes should ask Ancestry.com to check his DNA for a museum-founding gene.His mother, Betty, late tourism director for Pontiac, Illinois, founded the town’s popular Route 66 museum in 2004. No...
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 12:11 am

To observe the state’s bicentennial, travel Illinois

 Editor’s note: This article marks the first in a series of monthly travel columns focusing on Illinois in honor of the state’s bicentennial year in 2018.It’s a good thing early state leade...

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