This week, we're talking with Marcia Johnson about the Wheels O' Time, located just off North Knoxville Avenue in Dunlap. Since our last conversation, the museum has opened a new exhibit -- the LeTourneau steel house. It's one of the few remaining examples of this pre-war attempt to manufacture standardized affordable housing. The effort to move the steel house to its new location involved a collaborative effort from several local organizations.

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A Tyrannosaurus rex fossil that's been on prominent display at Chicago's Field Museum is being moved to make room for a cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered.


Officials with the Field Museum say the T. rex named Sue, which has been at the museum since 2000, will be moved today. The specimen will be updated and moved upstairs to a private suite opening in 2019.


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Officials say construction on a national railroad museum in Galesburg won't begin until 2019.

Organizers for the National Railroad Hall of Fame are still raising money through a capital campaign.


The goal is to raise $30 million to build the facility, which includes exhibits and an exterior plaza. Construction is expected to take up to two years after the groundbreaking. Federal officials designated Galesburg as the site for the national museum in 2003. A community campaign raised about $1.5 million in 2006.

Planning for Illinois' bicentennial celebration lags behind recent anniversaries elsewhere.

Historic Route 66 Restaurant Reopens as Museum

May 1, 2017
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A building that was once the longtime home to a Lincoln restaurant is now a museum celebrating the city's links to Route 66. Gov. Bruce Rauner and state and local officials attended Saturday's dedication ceremony at the former home of The Mill restaurant, which opened in 1929 and closed in 1996. More than $90,000 was raised to replace the building's roof, repair 44 windows, restore the original floor and make it accessible for the disabled. Organizers say they've been working for 11 years to restore the building.

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More than 8,000 Illinois students will get to visit state parks, museums and other sites to learn about nature and conservation thanks to a privately funded grant program.

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Signs from women's marches around the world are being saved as cultural treasures by museums, libraries and colleges.  More than a million people rallied at dozens of demonstrations last Saturday to protest President Donald Trump and to support women's rights. Many carried homemade signs bearing slogans and images that were defiant, hopeful and biting.

This week, we're talking wih Bobbi Rice, from the Wheels O' Time Museum. The museum may be bext known for its collection of vehicles -- cars, tractors and fire engines -- but it also features artifacts of everyday life. Rice talks about some of the new exhibits the museum is offering this year, and some ongoing restoration efforts. The Wheels O' Time Museum is open now through October 31st.

Gov. Bruce Rauner will endorse a measure paving the way for Chicago to use park land for Barack Obama's presidential library and film producer George Lucas' museum. 

Illinois gift shops to include locally made section

Aug 26, 2014

State parks and historic sites now have to set up an "American Made" section in their gift shops.   Governor Pat Quinn signed  into law this week a measure that is supposed to increase the number of American and Illinois-made goods  state facilities sell.    Illinois has, in recent years, put special emphasis on promoting domestic products, especially those from in-state.  

IL House fails to override museum veto

Oct 23, 2013

Many Illinois museums will continue to have to offer 52 free days a year. That's after the Illinois House failed to override a veto of legislation that would have cut that number in half.   The museum proposal is one of the few actual vetoes lawmakers had to deal with during their veto session.