January 2018

The story of the CCC and its legacy in Illinois

A statue stands in Giant City State Park of a shirtless young man. His right hand rests on an ax handle, his hat is tilted at a rakish angle while he stares into the distance with a slight smile of satisfaction on his face. He is the embodiment of CCC workers; young men who changed […]


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The story of the CCC and its legacy in Illinois

A statue stands in Giant City State Park of a shirtless young man. His right hand rests on an ax handle, his hat is tilted at a rakish angle while he stares into the distance with a slight smile of satisfaction on his face. He is the embodiment of CCC workers; young men who changed […]

Hit the slopes in Illinois

When the snow flies or the temperature hits the magic number of 28 degrees, Chestnut Mountain Resort transforms into a winter playground. Sited on the bluffs above the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, the resort has spectacular vistas and variety of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. “Our terrain comes down to the best in the […]

The fascinating and unique tones of steel guitars

Dave Flanagan remembers when pedal steel guitars first captured his attention. “Even when I was 4 or 5 years old, I would hear one and I’d stop in my tracks to listen,” he recalls. For the resident of the small Jefferson County community of Texico, the fascination with the instruments never waned. “They always have […]