The Country and The City
Our social and political discourse reflects deep divisions between urban and rural Illinoisans, yet those who are familiar with both city and rural communities often comment that their residents’ needs, concerns, and values may be more similar than they initially seem. To what extent can rural and urban Illinoisans find common ground on issues that affect both the country and the city? Explore the ways we have approached this question together through history, art, and discussion in The Country and the City programs.
Kaskaskia and the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union
This series by The Country and the City program tells the rich history of Kaskaskia, Illinois, our state's first capital, and the demographic, cultural, and political shifts that impacted the democratic vision of the region.
By considering what “a more perfect Union” may have meant to people throughout the region’s history, we can examine our own aspirations for a more perfect Union.
People, Places, and Power
This program examines the relationship between population distribution and the allocation of political power and public resources from the vantage points of places in Illinois where that relationship is especially significant.
Watch more from the Country and the City series on our YouTube channel.
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