Illinois History http://tspr.org en Railroads Laid the Foundation for Modern Illinois http://tspr.org/post/railroads-laid-foundation-modern-illinois <p>The difference between Illinosi towns that thrived and those that faded away, many times, was the presence of a railroad. That’s according to historian and chair of Western Illinois University's Department of History, &nbsp;Simon Cordery.</p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:02:18 +0000 Scott Stuntz 24458 at http://tspr.org Railroads Laid the Foundation for Modern Illinois