Salisbury folk artist George Colin

Illinois recently lost a treasure when 84-year-old folk artist Adolphe George Colin passed away. George and his wife Winnie spent many days in their Salisbury gallery surrounded by dozens of his works and countless personal mementos. Born in California, George’s family moved to Springfield when he was 7 years old. A Lanphier High School graduate, George worked at Pillsbury Mills for almost 30 years before quitting his day job to devote all his time to art.

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uofi-engU.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Illinois’ civil engineering graduate program first in the nation.

An advanced graduate degree in engineering from the University of Illinois lays the groundwork for graduates to be successful leaders in our nation.

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From museums and man-made marvels to the wonders of the natural world, Illinois has near-limitless opportunities for family fun. Check out this list for some of the top kid-friendly spots and activities in Illinois.

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uofiIllinois attracts students from all over the world. More global scholars choose to study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign than any other American public university. The only university with more students from around the globe is the University of Southern California, a private institution.

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cyclingMuch of the original alignment of the legendary Mother Road, which carried cars from Chicago to California, has been designated as part of the Route 66 Trail and is just a small part of the thousands of miles of bike routes in Illinois.

Whether you are planning an epic bike tour of the state or just want a leisurely ride with family, Illinois is home to a route that will meet the needs of any bicyclist. This excellent map, put together by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, shows the breadth of the state’s bicycling infrastructure.

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