An American tank in Carentan, France - June 1944
The United States National Archives
August 28, 2015

70 Years After World War II Ends: A Local Look Back

The 22 families who lived on Hero Street in Silvis, Ill. sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II. Some combination of those 22 fought in every theater, in every major battle, and through them, author Carlos Harrison shares a vivid portrait of the war. We dive into some of the stories and realities he uncovered, as well as talk with some of those from Silvis and the surrounding area who went to fight and who were here during the war. 


The front window of That's Rentertainment in Champaign, in the local businesses' final weeks.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
August 14, 2015

Champaign’s ‘Renter’ Closing Its Doors

For employees and regular customers, the closure of That's Rentertainment means the loss of a social outlet, and something that can't be recreated through online streaming of material, or even a Facebook page.  Champaign-Urbana's last locally owned video store closes Sunday. 


Marilyn Monroe in Bement, 1955
(Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)
August 07, 2015

A Bombshell Dropped (In Bement) 60 Years Ago

As if Abraham Lincoln wasn’t enough, a small central Illinois town can lay claim to a visit from Marilyn Monroe. The actress visited the community of Bement in Piatt County 60 years ago this week.  It's known for being the site where Lincoln and Stephen Douglas met to plan their famous debates.  But on a day in the summer of 1955, it was Marilyn’s town.


The Danville Municipal Band
(Danville Municipal Band Facebook Page)
July 31, 2015

Danville Municipal Band Marks 75th Anniversary With A Concert

The Danville Municipal Band, which consolidated several community bands in 1940, will perform a free anniversary concert on Sunday, August 2nd at 7 PM, at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 North Vermilion Street in Danville.


The bite-sized art machine vended this surprise, which came packaged in a custom The Vault box.
Amanda Vinicky/WUIS
July 25, 2015

Bite-Sized Art: An Audio Postcard From Tuscola

If you were to draw lines pointing in from Champaign, Springfield, Indianapolis and Effigham, they'd meet in Tuscola. The town's population of less than 5,000 may well double on weekends, when shoppers from all over central Illinois flock to its outlet mall. But Amanda Vinicky found some "bite-sized art" in one little shop, and she says it's worth the drive.


Indian Farm
Courtesy of Alan Guebert
July 17, 2015

Agriculture Will Return To ‘The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey”

Alan Guebert has written a syndicated newspaper column about agriculture for about 20 years. Several of those columns have recounted what life was like on the “Southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth” – near St. Louis – and the beloved great uncle who came to “help.” At his daughter’s suggestion, the two of them have gathered those stories into a book, The Land of Milk And Uncle Honey. 


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