Category Archives: local authors

Ayers Sand Prairie in Carroll County was once the western edge of the Wisconsin Glacier. Among the small dunes explorers can spy plants and animals friendly to the dry growing conditions such as the birds-foot violet and the Olympia marble … Continue reading

The middle fork of the Vermilion River runs through Kickapoo State Park. Just a short walk from Middle Fork Woods Nature Preserve, explorers will find forest-lined bluffs and a a multitude of creatures.  Large dragonflies patrol the banks along the … Continue reading

Henry N. Barkhausen Wetlands Center is the perfect starting point for exploring the Cache River ecosystem. From the visitor center window one can spy muskrat, river otter hummingbirds and various other creatures that thrive in the restored wetlands. But there … Continue reading

Matthiessen State Park in LaSalle County is a feast for the eyes in all seasons. With greenery and wildflowers in the spring and summer, colorful foliage in the fall, and the arresting sight of icefalls in the winter, there is … Continue reading

On the very the southern tip of Illinois, in the Cache River State Natural Area, you’ll find Little Black Slough Nature Preserve. Well known for its cypress-tupelo swamp, Little Black Slough has floodplain forests, upland woods and small patches of … Continue reading

In the 1950s, thriving commerce , strong leadership, and geographical good fortune made Illinois one of the most envied states in the nation. The authors of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State have four decades of experience working inside … Continue reading

Fixing the problems in Illinois will be no easy task. But the authors of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State want to get the wheels in motion. The book outlines a comprehensive program of almost one hundred … Continue reading

Ruth Nicole Brown is an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. She recently answered some questions about her new UIP book Hear … Continue reading

To promote Ruth Nicole Brown’s forthcoming book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, the UIP staff decided to get creative ourselves.  The result is our first-ever self produced book trailer “music video.” The book examines how the radical … Continue reading

Inger L. Stole is an associate professor of communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She answered our questions about her book Advertising at War: Business, Consumers, and Government in the 1940s. Q: What is the Wheeler-Lea Amendment that was … Continue reading