Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 12:27 am

Her son’s loving tribute to Judy Baar Topinka’s leadership and style

 Judy Barr Topinka had a distinguished career in politics, serving as Illinois representative, senator, state treasurer and comptroller. She was often called “colorful” so it is fitting that...
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 12:07 am

Sundown Town: The Negroes didn’t know they would not be welcome in Illinois

Sundown Town is an easy, yet difficult, read. It’s a page-turner with an unbelievable, yet believable, story. Taking the reader from Alabama to Illinois right before the turn of the century, the aut...
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:09 am

How a smart Springfield lawyer saved Peachy Harrison from the gallows

 Were Abraham Lincoln to somehow miraculously reappear on the streets of Springfield this week, there would be a great deal that he might recognize. He could walk to his home on Eighth Street whe...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:08 am
Picture what life was like in the 1830s in western Illinois near the Mississippi River. Although the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 prohibited slavery in the area that became Illinois, residents could ke...
Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:08 am

The most famous man on the planet, he stayed in the ring too long.

 Muhammed Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74. Upon his death, President Barack Obama eulogized him with the observation that, “He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke up...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:08 am
Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night – A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois By Raymond and Pamela Bruzan. 467 pagesIf you live in Rochester, you should pick up this book. If you live in Sprin...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:10 am

Krohe’s clever prose makes mid-Illinois history almost fun

 James Krohe Jr., Corn Kings & One-Horse Thieves: A Plain-Spoken History of Mid-Illinois. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.This work of solid history, entertainingly told,...
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:10 am
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women By Kate Moore, 2017, Sourcebooks, 404 pages, $26.99Back in 2007, a group of students from Ottawa High School were invited to perform a 20-...

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