D.L. Dennis set out to write a book about a century old chapter in his family's history as well as the history of one west central Illinois town. The Witwer Files follows his grandfather's time as marshal in the Greene County community of Hillview. In 1915, Witwer shot and a killed a man and was brought up on charges of murder. He was eventually acquitted.
On Thursday morning, a unique barn near Carrollton will begin a trip to a new location where it will be preserved for decades to come. The plan to move the Fry Octagonal Barn, rather than see it torn down, is the result of cooperation between the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Mark McDonald estimates he has done 900 episodes of "Illinois Stories". McDonald travels throughout the area to bring interesting people to the screen on public television stations WSEC/WQEC/WMEC. A veteran TV journalist, his conversational style allows viewers to learn about places and individuals who might live right down the street.
Beardstown is home to the only courtroom where Abraham Lincoln practiced that is still hearing cases. And today that historic site gets a bit high tech. Touch screen monitors have been installed that will allow tourists to learn more about the site. Connie Foley, with the Old Lincoln Courtroom and Museum Commission tells how the effort began...
This week, the WUIS Harvest Desk has been bringing you the series “Changing Lands, Changing Hands,” a series of stories examining the implications of an unrelenting trend: The American farmer is getting older. Our reporting team has been considering the nuances of this demographic shift that affects not just rural America but the power and potential of an entire industry. The latest segment takes us to west central Illinois:
The Morgan County Coroner says a mother and her two young sons were the victims of a fatal fire early Thursday morning. Coroner Jeff Lair says smoke inhalation is blamed for the deaths of Kayla Perry and her two sons, 4-year-old Christopher and 7-year-old Joshua. The family's mobile home caught fire around 1 am Thursday. Neighbors placed the 911 call, and area firefighters say they arrived to find the residence fully engulfed in flames. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The state fire marshal has been called to investigate.
Before Gen. Benjamin Grierson won acclaim for his tactical raid that helped the Union forces take Vicksburg. But before then, he was a music teacher in Jacksonville. This weekend, the community’s annual event to honor Grierson takes place. Plenty of free events that tie history and entertainment together are part of Grierson Days.
A series of public lectures in west central Illinois begins tomorrow night at the Kinderhook Lodge in Barry. The series will discuss the Underground Railroad, Civil War military service, emancipation and safe havens, like the nearby historic town of New Philadelphia.