Abraham Lincoln

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Two performers from Freeport are set to portray Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas at the National Archives in Washington. Lincoln portrayer George Buss and Douglas portrayer Tim Connors will give a performance Feb. 22 about the Lincoln-Douglas debates during the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A brighter and more colorful Abraham Lincoln is returning to the Peoria Historical Society early next year.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Portraits of Abraham Lincoln will be given to all 102 county courthouses in Illinois to mark the state's upcoming bicentennial.

An organization is working to reopen a Civil War museum in Illinois that has been closed since August.

A visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is fun and educational. But spooky?

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A 31-foot tall bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was crane lifted from the back of a semi onto a concrete base, behind the Peoria Riverfront Museum, on Tues. A variety of spectators gathered on the museum terrace overlooking Water St. to watch the installation. 

Officials of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said the state has suspended a project searching the National Archives for papers written by Abraham Lincoln.

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State officials are offering training to people who want to volunteer at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. The site is looking for people who want to participate in living history, serve as tour guides, work in the visitor center or gift shop, and contribute behind the scenes. 

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The Democratic candidate for the 18th district congressional district seat is giving his opponent 48 hours to “take a cue from Abraham Lincoln” and agree to debate. 

Eureka College professor Junius Rodriguez is running against the incumbent GOP Congressman Darin LaHood. Rodriguez says LaHood has denied requests to debate ahead of the November primary. Rodriguez made the call standing next to the statue of Lincoln outside Peoria’s courthouse.

Watseka Celebrates Native Son Behind Lincoln Memorial

Jun 28, 2016
Jeff Kubina

The eastern Illinois community of Watseka plans to spend the Fourth of July honoring the man who designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Henry Bacon was born in rural Watseka in 1866. The Daily-Journal reports that an Illinois State Historical marker honoring him will be dedicated July 4 on the west grounds of Watseka's Old Courthouse Museum.

Illinois Issues: Shredding Lincoln

Jun 10, 2016

 Power struggles and a loss of funding have put The Papers of Abraham Lincoln in peril.

This story is the product of a collaboration with Illinois Times, Springfield’s independent weekly, where Bruce Rushton is staff writer.


The cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buried will take on a role it played in decades past this Memorial Day weekend.  Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder will welcome guests to the cemetery on May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. for music, an ice cream social and a tour of significant trees at the site. 

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A new Lincoln exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History explores the 16th president's earlier life as a lawyer and his political activity in Bloomington.

 The exhibit opening May 21 examines Lincoln's work as an attorney in McLean County and the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit. 

American Legion honors Lincoln on his birthday

Feb 12, 2016

For more than 80 years, members of the American Legion have traveled to President Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield to honor his presidency and celebrate his birthday ,it’s today, February 12th.  

Trips to Illinois' state-administered historic sites, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, fell 7% last year.  That's despite commemorations of the 150th anniversaries of the end of the Civil War and the 16th president's death. 

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Efforts are underway to digitally preserve a central Illinois courthouse where President Abraham Lincoln defended a man against a murder charge.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An effort is underway to plant more than 200 trees at the Illinois State Fairgrounds after dozens of trees were killed by pests.  


The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it is partnering with the Illinois Green Industry Association to replace the trees. The association is donating 50 trees each year until 2019. 


Acting Agriculture Director Warren Goetsch says the trees being planted this year include 25 types of evergreens. 


(AP) - One central Illinois community has sold off two passenger cars and two cabooses as it renovates its downtown train station. Lincoln recently sold the equipment to a short-haul railway company, Iowa Pacific Holding. The cars had been a curiosity of a long-closed restaurant, called the Lincoln Depot, adjacent to the station. 

(AP) - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation want an expansion of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area that would include all the sites of his famed debates with Stephen Douglas. The office of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he, Sen. Dick Durbin and five representatives are introducing a bipartisan bill in the House and Senate to expand the heritage area.

Renovations are planned for a less-traveled section of Abraham Lincoln's old neighborhood in Springfield. The city has approved a $600,000 beautification project for the area just south of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.  It'll include new period lighting, landscaping and upgraded sidewalks. Federal transportation funds will cover $475,000 of the cost. The city will pay the rest. Work should begin in the fall. More than 200,000 people visit the Lincoln home in the designated historic area.

Bishop Hill to host Civil War Day

Apr 24, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

This week, we talk with Brian Fox Ellis, one of the participants of Bishop Hill's Civil War Day. The event honors the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death and the end of the Civil War. The event is a collection of formal presentations, each delve into what life was like during the Civil War Era. Civil War Day activities include presentations from historical figures, small battle reenactments, and a presentation of 19th century embalming. Bishop Hill's Civil War Day is Saturday, May 9th.

Speakers at a service commemorating President Abraham Lincoln's death say his influence is as relevant and as felt today as it was more than 150 years ago.

Tanya Koonce

Abraham Lincoln presenters will gather this weekend in the Illinois city where the 16th president began to establish his reputation.  Vandalia will host the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Presenters Convention that begins later this week. Vandalia was Illinois' second state capital, from 1820 to 1836.

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The National Park Service plans to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession from Washington, D.C., to Springfield.  Commemorations starting this month will take place in cities along the looping route Lincoln's funeral train took to carry his body back to his home state, Illinois. The cities include Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago.   Programs along that route will feature well-known Lincoln actor Fritz Klein.

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield ties in with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death. 

Organizers behind efforts to recreate the train car that carried the body of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln back to Illinois say it is nearly complete. The exterior and windows are finished. All that remains is the interior. 

The organizers of a re-enactment marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral say it will include cannon fire and an estimated 2,000 civilian and military re-enactors.


An archaeologist has offered details of what excavators found last summer when they were working near the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington.

The Peoria Warehouse District is among 23 Illinois sites added last year to the National Register of Historic Places.

A special collections annex highlighting archaeological artifacts to NASA items has opened at the Tazewell County Museum. The annex opened this week in the Arcade Building in downtown Pekin.