Barack Obama and Bill Clinton
(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
November 20, 2013

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White House

A former president, a baseball legend, a country music star and a woman who's a powerhouse in American media were among 16 people honored Wednesday at the White House with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
(Seth Perlman/AP)
October 28, 2013

“Lincoln” Movie Props Coming To Springfield

A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois early next year. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.


(Matt Rubel)
October 25, 2013

Honoring A Fallen Farmer

Last month, during the busy harvest season, a group of farmers near Monticello drove their tractors, trucks and combines out of their half-harvested fields, and parked them.


Thomas Kilbride
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
October 25, 2013

Kilbride Ends Term As Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice

The Illinois court system will get a new leader next week. On Friday, Thomas Kilbride wraps up his three-year term as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Then on Monday, Justice Rita Garman of Danville will take over.


Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.
(Ciaran Flannery/NGT)
October 04, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About ‘Takin’ Up Serpents’

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.


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