railroads http://northernpublicradio.org en Historian: Rail Helped Illinois Thrive http://northernpublicradio.org/post/historian-rail-helped-illinois-thrive <p>The difference between Illinois towns that grew 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. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:07:10 +0000 WNIJ 21693 at http://northernpublicradio.org Historian: Rail Helped Illinois Thrive