Past Event

Illinois Turns 200 Podcast in Ottawa

Illinois Turns 200 continues in Ottawa where rails, rivers, and a canal tie Illinois together and where Douglas first debated Lincoln. The episode explores the impact of the Illinois and Michigan Canal on LaSalle County and the state as a whole; the ways Ottawa has become a model for flood control and prevention for the country; and the aspirations of a community radio station intent on revitalizing art and culture within historic downtown spaces. The episode also covers the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, the early years of a legend of the Old West, and the tragic story of the Radium Girls, proving that Ottawa’s story extends well beyond Illinois’s borders.

For more information about this event, please contact Paul Durica at or (312) 422-5583.