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The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The...

The People's Building

The People's Building

The Illinois State Capitol is known as the people's building. The July-August 2018 issue of Illinois Heritage is a special issue devoted to the building with three unique stories about the capitol. 
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Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.

Protect your family history

Protect your family history

Make sure your efforts to preserve the past are not endangering it.
The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the...

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was...

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court in the State Capitol

The Illinois Supreme Court chambers as they looked when the court was housed inside the Illinois statehouse from 1878-1907.

 

Today in history

9/22/1956

Governor Stratton officially breaks ground on the first Illinois toll road near Rockford.

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Historical Markers

Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. There is even a special category for Bicentennial events. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

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Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jefferson County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Jefferson County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the 5th District Appellate Court on Thursday, November 1. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Appellate Court building, North 14th and Main Streets, Mount Vernon. The event is open to the public.

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Macoupin County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Macoupin County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Macoupin County Courthouse on Saturday, December 8. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the courthouse, 201 East Main Street, Carlinville. The event is open to the public.

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County

Alexander Hesler's Abraham Lincoln Portrait Arrives in Rock Island County
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Rock Island Justice Center on Monday, December 3. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Justice Center Annex, 1317 Third Avenue, Rock Island. The event is open to the public.
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