Illinois Stories

From the Decatur Celebration and the Farm Progress Show to the storied Ferris wheels of Jacksonville; from Lincoln’s footsteps in Springfield and New Salem to the historic barns of the Macomb area; from the river heritage of Quincy and Hannibal to the bounty of the richest farmland on earth, Mark McDonald takes us through a Central Illinois we thought we knew.

Explore the people, places, and events in central Illinois. Hosted by Mark McDonald.

Illinois Stories is sponsored by CPB, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Viewers like You.

Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald has worked in television and media relations for more than 30 years as a news reporter and anchor, public affairs specialist and now, as an Emmy award-winning chronicler of life in Central and West Central Illinois. If he can snare an interview with Barack Obama he will have the distinction of having interviewed our past 4 presidents at some time in their careers. While he enjoyed his positions in television news and media affairs, his present job as producer and host of “Illinois Stories” is his favorite.

*WSIU Public Broadcasting is adding new & past episodes of Illinois Stories to the PBS Portal every week.