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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim Ridings  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 Joliet, Illinois


-- Jim Ridings on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jim+ridings

E-Mail: -- jridings@keynet.net


Illinois Connection

Ridings lives in Herscher.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Ridings graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in journalism. He worked on daily newspapers in Ottawa and Aurora, Illinois, and won awards for investigative reporting at both newspapers. He has authored more than a dozen books of local history, which have won awards from the Illinois State Historical Society and the Illinois Humanities Council.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Len Small :
ISBN: 0982408005. OCLC Number:

Side Show Books,. Herscher, IL :. ©2009.

"Len Small was governor of Illinois during most of the 1920s. Almost all of Al Capone's career in Chicago happened at the same time, and there definitely was a tie between the governor and the gangster ..."--Back cover.

Greetings from Starved Rock :
ISBN: 0982408099. OCLC Number:

Side Show Books,. Herscher, IL :. ©2011.

Ottawa /
ISBN: 0738588571. OCLC Number:

Arcadia Pub.,. Charleston, S.C. :. ©2011.

Wild Kankakee :
ISBN: 0982408080. OCLC Number:

Side Show Books,. Herscher, IL :. ©2012.

Kankakee County Confidential :
ISBN: 0692787011. OCLC Number:

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Awards

County West

  • Illinois State Historical Society Award
  • County West Companion

  • Illinois State Historical Society Award
  • Cardiff: Ghost Town on the Prairie

  • Illinois State Historical Society Award
  • Studs Terkel Award, Illinois Humanities Council, 2006
  • Cardiff 2:A Further History of the Ghost Town on the Prairie

  • Illinois State Historical Society Award
  • Greetings from Starved Rock

  • Illinois State Historical Society Award

    Speaking Engagements

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