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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janice Petterchak  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Janice was born in Springfield and currently resides in Rochester, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janice specializes in researching and writing commissioned biographies and business histories. She is the author of ''Lone Scout'', a biography of WD Boyce, founder of the Boy Scouts of America and ''Out to Sea Again: A Naval Armed Guard in World War II''. She has also has authored or co-authored biographies of former Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, Andrew Mcnally III, chairman emeritus of Rand McNally and Nathan Cummings, founder of the Sara Lee Corporation. Janice received a B.S. in Political Studies and M.A. in American History, both from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield) and has been the Assistant Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society, Coordinator of the Congress of Illinois Historical Societies and Museums, Associate Editor of the Illinois Historical Journal and Director of the Illinois State Historical Library (now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.). She also is a past president of the Sangamon County Historical Society.

Published Works

  • Mapping a Life`s Journey, The Legacy of Andrew McNally III, Chairman Emeritus, Rand McNally, Rand McNally, 1995
  • Jack Brickhouse, A Voice for All Seasons, Contemporary Books, 1996
  • To Share, The Heritage, Legend, and Legacy of Nathan Cummings, Legacy Press Books, 2000
  • Out to Sea Again, A Naval Armed Guard in World War II, Legacy Press Books, 2002 Out of Print
  • Lone Scout: W. D. Boyce and American Boy Scouting, Legacy Press Books,
  • Historic Illinois: An Illustrated History, Illinois State Historical Society
  • From a Kansas Farm to the Engineering Hall of Fame, Legacy Press, 2007
  • Soldier's General: Omar Bradley and the United States Military in Peace and War, Legacy Press, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Jack Brickhouse :
ISBN: 0809230771. OCLC Number:

Contemporary Books,. Chicago :. ©1996.

"This authorized biography of Jack Brickhouse spans the Hall of Fame broadcaster's 60-year career, from his beginnings in Peoria, Illinois, to his broadcasts for the Chicago Bulls, Bears, and White Sox and his 40-year reign as the voice of the Chicago Cubs. Packed with one-of-a-kind stories from such Chicago icons as Ernie Banks, Irv Kupcinet, and Harry Caray as well as Brickhouse himself, this book also includes rare photos from Brickhouse's personal collection. The rich history of Chicago as well as the evolution of sports and broadcasting in the 20th century is interwoven with the entertaining chronicle of one man's extraordinary life."--Back cover.

To share :
ISBN: 0965319849. OCLC Number:

Legacy Press,. Rochester, IL :. 2000.

Out to sea again :
ISBN: 0965319865. OCLC Number:

Legacy Press,. Rochester, Ill. :. ©2002.

Describes the WWII experiences of U.S. Naval Armed Guard recruit Harold H. Stukenberg.

Lone Scout :
ISBN: 0965319873. OCLC Number:

Legacy Press,. Rochester, Ill. :. ©2003.

Historic Illinois :
ISBN: 1893619494. OCLC Number:

Historical Publishing Network,. San Antonio, Tex. :. ©2005.

From a Kansas farm to the engineering hall of fame :
ISBN: 0977789705. OCLC Number:

Legacy Press,. Rochester, Ill. :. ©2007.

The soldier's general :
ISBN: 0977789713. OCLC Number:

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Presents a full-life biography of World War II general Omar Bradley, the last five-star General of the United States army.


Janice was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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