What to do with the lakeshore’s crumbing momument to fascism?
How a visionary Illinois publishing house was done in by mismanagement, murder, and unrequited love
Saul Bellow’s “Illinois Journey” Revisited
In Herrin, Illinois, my hometown, on a June Day in 1922, union coal miners beat, shot, stabbed, and strangled to death 19 strikebreakers to whom they’d promised safe conduct. Then 10,000 townspeople, including my whole family, forgot it ever happened.
In the southern Illinois town of Marion, an octogenarian recalls the arrival of the Italian armada of 24 Savoia Marchetti S. 55X hydroplanes at Chicago’s Century of Progress on July 15, 1933. He was a 21-year-old clarinetist with the Jefferson Barracks (Saint Louis) Sixth Infantry band stationed in Chicago for the exposition. For months his […]