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Putting a stamp on history

“Quite a few people would come into the post office just to see the mural in the lobby,” says Karen Rhodes, who worked as a clerk in the East Alton post office for 32 years. “Many were from out of town, but they had knowledge it was there.” Titled “The Letter,” the mural by Francis […]

Lincoln Mural

Art for All

Larger-than-life cultural expressions can be found on the streets of many cities and small towns across Illinois. Murals are a source of pride and history in these communities, breathing life into the chronicles of their past. From Pittsfield to Pontiac, Marshall to Mt. Sterling, murals can be found everywhere. Take for instance Michael Mayosky’s 2,200-square-foot […]

Eagle Release

Rescue, rehabilitate, release

It all started when Adele Moore and then husband Richard Evans spotted an injured cottontail rabbit in the middle of the road in 1972. They took the rabbit to a local veterinarian, who stitched it up and sent it back home with them. In their care, the rabbit quickly recovered, and they released it back […]


Follow your dreams, do big things

Retail has always been in their brains. From the time they were little, sisters Stephanie Harrison and Elizabeth Patridge remember growing up in a family business. “We grew up always doing something,” says Stephanie. “Our dream was always to open something. We had an aunt who was in clothing retail in Texas and Atlanta. We […]


Treehouses – not just for kids

Glamourous and camping. These two words don’t seem to go together. Yet, in recent years, “glamping” has become increasingly popular. It’s best for those who want to be one with nature but not give up modern conveniences. You can even take your family glamping in the canopy of the Illinois Ozarks. “Glamping is the perfect […]


An Enduring Performance

Conklin’s Dinner Theatre, a central Illinois fixture for almost 45 years, nearly saw its curtain come down one last time in 2015. A will to live has fueled its encore. Act I  • • • • • • • • Known today as The Barn III, the dinner theater and event venue has roots in […]

Reinneck family

How Salsa Rose got its name

As you take a bite of Salsa Rose, you may notice the signature flavors of Reinneck Ranch’s products – a little sweet with a little heat. But it’s not just a salsa. Its backstory has highs and lows, and it all begins with the birth of the salsa’s namesake, Jada Rose. Born premature on Aug. […]

How electric vehicles will shape the future of driving

Predictors of future auto and energy forecasts say by the end of this new decade, some versions of electric vehicles (EVs) could account for half of auto sales in the world. EV sales jumped 75 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, but by the end of 2018, EVs still […]


A Brighter Tomorrow

Nineteen percent of Guatemalans don’t have access to electricity, according to NRECA International. Those living in Tierra Blanca Chixoy, a village located in north-central Guatemala, are no longer part of that statistic thanks to 12 linemen from electric cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Electric co-ops from the three states worked together as “Partners for […]

Made-in-Illinois holiday gift guide

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Illinois is full of one-of-a-kind products, so don’t forget to shop local. Here are 10 unique gift ideas, all made in Illinois, that will be perfect for someone on your list. The Workshop Looking for a taste […]