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Great Hot Fudge Sauce at Lagomarcino’s in Moline, IL
Great Hot Fudge Sauce at Lagomarcino’s in Moline, IL

Great Hot Fudge Sauce at Lagomarcino’s in Moline, IL

I was told that the best ever hot fudge for ice cream sundaes comes from a place called Lagomarcino’s in Moline, Illinois. As a fan of hot fudge and a serious investigative journalist, I determined that it was my professional…

Rub Abraham Lincoln’s Nose in Springfield Illinois
Rub Abraham Lincoln’s Nose in Springfield Illinois

Rub Abraham Lincoln’s Nose in Springfield Illinois

Abraham Lincoln is buried in the state capitol of Springfield, Illinois at the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Because of Lincoln’s tomb here, it is the second most visited cemetery in the United States, just behind Arlington. I was born and raised…

Celebrate Groundhog Day All Year Long in Woodstock, Illinois
Celebrate Groundhog Day All Year Long in Woodstock, Illinois

Celebrate Groundhog Day All Year Long in Woodstock, Illinois

One of Bill Murray’s best movies ever was Groundhog Day, released in 1993. Groundhog Day was filmed in the northern Illinois community of Woodstock — a town immediately recognizable from scenes in the movie.   Events at the annual Groundhog…

Why visit Cahokia Mounds – a UNESCO World Heritage Site near St. Louis
Why visit Cahokia Mounds – a UNESCO World Heritage Site near St. Louis

Why visit Cahokia Mounds – a UNESCO World Heritage Site near St. Louis

Just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis Missouri is Cahokia Mounds, a state historic site and a UNESCO World Heritage site. I’ve lived and traveled in this area much of my life, but just recently made time to visit.…

Rare Manuscripts Found in Book Collector’s Museums Across the U.S.
Rare Manuscripts Found in Book Collector’s Museums Across the U.S.

Rare Manuscripts Found in Book Collector’s Museums Across the U.S.

I leaned over the display case, squinting my eyes in order to read the regal handwriting. It was a hand-written account from the logbook of the RMS Carpathia from the night of April 16, 1912. That was the ship that…