State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, speaks on the floor after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, to stall for time as Democrats gathered enough members to the chamber to pass a revenue bill. The scramble to pass that bill ultimately prevented lawmakers from passing a measure to grant 1,500 acres of park land to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Guzzardi said. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

The Prairie Band Potawatomi are now headquartered in northeast Kansas. But they once had a reservation in what is now DeKalb County, a reservation that officials now agree was illegally sold out from under them in 1850.

Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick, tribal chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, speaks at a news conference at the Illinois Capitol in February 2024. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

A U.S. Department of the Interior decision places portions of Shab-eh-nay Reservation land, which is located in DeKalb County, into trust for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, which gives the tribal nation sovereignty over the land.

Adlai Stevenson Home is Designated National Treasure

The Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home was built in 1938 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. It was one of four sites to be designated a historic landmark this year. We tour the newly selected Lake County landmark.