The Northern Illinois Historic League office (who administers the Illinois Historic Group Directory) is pleased to announce that work on the initial project for Preferred Partner development has been completed. With that, limited publication of Illinois historic group information is able to resume. Preferred Partners generously acknowledge the work of the Directory project by recognition of this organization on their webpages in partner resources/links. The Preferred Partner schedule below will be a continuous work in progress as the League office is able to continue research into the operating status of our organizations (in light of the pandemic that continues to do terrible harm to our society).


Preferred Partners Current Schedule


The League will also continue to promote projects and activities that promote local and regional history with its substantial network of historians, colleagues and experts from Illinois and other locations. Contact the League office with the information below if you wish to be included in our peer network.


During August 2019, the League office made the decision to move our primary social media activity to the LinkedIn social media platform. While we acknowledge there are some who do not use this platform, most of our people do and it is possible to share the scroll of recent posting activity to the public. The League encourages everyone to add the LinkedIn public resource below to their favorite, and as importantly, to call out to the League office when there is news and information that should be shared with colleagues. In addition, the League will be looking into developing a secondary custom website to support these activities as well as the activity of our Preferred Partners.


LinkedIn Scroll News and Information (regularly updated)





Mission Statement


To bring history lovers together, and promote Illinois local and regional historic assets.


To increase public awareness in Illinois of the value of these historic assets.


To educate the public on the importance of history, and its continuing relevance for today.



We Graciously Accept Donations to further our mission

(accepted in the name of the Northern Illinois Historic League)


Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties

Illinois Carnegie Library System

Community Areas/Neighborhoods of Chicago

Chicago Place Name Etymologies


Illinois Historic Group Directory Project

Administrator Bill Kenney

Northern Illinois Historic League Directors Bill Kenney (Crystal Lake), Tina Beaird (Plainfield/Oswego), Joanne Yasus (Chicago)


1037 Boxwood Dr.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8398

(815) 579-7286



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Source data National Register of Historic Places/Chicago Landmarks custom Northern Illinois presentations Wikipedia

Source data Illinois County/Municipality custom presentations IPUB11 reference Illinois Secretary of State, NIHL research for county/municipality websites

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