200 Years from the Heart: The Sinking of the Columbia

200 Years from the Heart: The Sinking of the Columbia

Did you know that one of Illinois' worst maritime disasters happened right here in the Heart of Illinois? The sinking of the Columbia back in 1918 took dozens of lives from Pekin, Kingston Mines and Peoria. "It was around the July 4th holiday, so that mad

Wednesday, June 20th 2018, 6:37 pm CDT by Mason Dowling
200 Years from the Heart: Help needed to fund Abe Lincoln's artifacts

200 Years from the Heart: Help needed to fund Abe Lincoln's artifacts

A key part of the Abe Lincoln experience is now part of the crowd sourcing craze. With $9.7 million to go to repay a key loan, the Lincoln Foundation in Springfield has turned to technology's newest method to raise money. It's called GoFundMe. 

200 Years from the Heart: The historic McLean Depot Train Shop

200 Years from the Heart: The historic McLean Depot Train Shop

Take a trip back to 1853 – a time when Trains were becoming a common way to travel. But how is model railroading, President Lincoln's Funeral, and an old wooden building all related? If you take a drive down the old Route 66 you'll eventually come t

Peyton Johnson
200 Years from the Heart: Governor's Mansion almost reopen after major facelift

200 Years from the Heart: Governor's Mansion almost reopen after major facelift

A year of work is nearly finished on the Illinois Governor's mansion.

The original home was finished in 1855 and is marketed as the third oldest such residence in America.

Friday, April 20th 2018, 8:19 am CDT
200 Years from the Heart: Ronald Reagan's Illinois roots

200 Years from the Heart: Ronald Reagan's Illinois roots

He held one of the biggest jobs in the world, but came from one of the smallest towns and colleges in Illinois. Tuesday marked the 107th birthday of Ronald Reagan. And as part of our continuing coverage of the Illinois bicentennial, 200 Years from the Hea

Thursday, February 8th 2018, 8:21 am CST by Tim Shelley
Celebrate 200 years of Illinois with the Peoria Riverfront Museum

Celebrate 200 years of Illinois with the Peoria Riverfront Museum

What's being billed as the "first and only comprehensive exhibition" celebrating the Illinois bicentennial will open at the Peoria Riverfront Museum next month. "Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln" will debut Feb. 3. More than 240 histor

Friday, January 26th 2018, 2:51 pm CST by Tim Shelley
Lincoln presidential banner restored in time for state Bicentennial

Lincoln presidential banner restored in time for state Bicentennial

We take another step into 200 Years from the Heart, the journey toward Illinois' Bicentennial. Abraham Lincoln looking to get his feet into the White House... this local banner helping him there.

Thursday, January 25th 2018, 11:27 am CST
200 Years from the Heart: The Bicentennial Beer

200 Years from the Heart: The Bicentennial Beer

As part of the year-long celebration, a commemorative beverage made from Illinois' finest ingredients is ready to be tapped. This is just one way the state of Illinois is celebrating leading up to their 200th birthday.

Thursday, January 25th 2018, 11:27 am CST