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Mark Q. Rhoads: Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story

The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740
Chicago, Illinois 60606
October 30, 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story is the first new history of Illinois in more than forty years. Colorful characters, scandals, and unsung heroes come alive in this new book.

In addition to providing a complete narrative history of Illinois, the author focuses on both entertaining and important stories about Illinois political leaders in Chicago, Springfield, and Washington, D.C., over the span of 158 years from 1854 to 2012, through the eyes of the Illinois State Society in Washington, D.C. The book includes some never-before-published photographs of past Illinois leaders of both parties and an index of more than 2,000 names.

In his Foreword, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says, this book brings back from the past important chapters of Chicago history and places them in context. Great events such as the Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Century of Progres s World Fair of 1933, and tragedies such as the SS Eastland disaster in 1915 and the Our Lady of Angels School Fire in 1958 come alive for readers. Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson noted that Teddy Roosevelt said that Illinois was the most American of all the states.

In this fascinating book, Mark Rhoads captures all the diversity and splendor of a state that has represented the genius and full flower of this country.


About the author:

Mark Q. Rhoads draws on his own career in Illinois politics for stories about the Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Members of Congress.

Rhodes was raised in Western Springs, Illinois; graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1971; and taught as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 1982. He now resides in Falls Church, Virginia. He also served in the Illinois State Senate from 1977 to 1983 and served on the board of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1985 to 2013 including one term as president of the organization.

Rhoads wrote editorials for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1984 to 1987 and his opinion articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times and Illinois Issues magazine. He has appeared on ABC s Good Morning America and on PBS s Nightly Business Report and more than 200 radio shows. He currently blogs on occasion at Illinois Review.


Watch his presentation at The Heartland Institute library below.

Mark Q. Rhodes talking about his book at the Illinois State Society YouTube page:

A dramatic reading of "Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story" via the Illinois State Society YouTube page:

A staged reading by ten actors was produced by the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC on Statehood Day, Dec. 3, 2013, the 195th Anniversary of the day that President James Monroe signed the bill to admit Illinois as the 21st State in the Union. Via the Illinois State Society YouTube Page: