Jim Ridings

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General Information

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Name: Jim Ridings

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: 1950 Joliet, Illinois


Website: N/A

Email: jridings@keynet.net

Illinois Connection

He lives in Herscher, Illinois.

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.

Published Works

  • Ashpile, Ink and Feathers Comics, 1991
  • Cheese Weasel, Side Show Comice, 1991
  • The Politically Incorrect Cheese Weasel, Side Show Comics, 1993
  • The Family of Johann Mau, Side Show Books, 2000
  • History of Herscher High School, Side Show Books, 2001
  • Memories of Reddick High School, Side Show Books, 2002
  • History of Reddick Hich School, Side Show Books, 2002
  • Labor Day in Herscher, Side Show Books, 2002
  • County West: A Sesquicentennial History of Western Kankakee County, Side Show Books, 2003
  • County West Companion: A Further History of Western Kankakee County, Side Show Books, 2005
  • Old Ottawa Scenes, Side Show Books, 2006
  • Greetings from Ottawa: A Picture Postcard View of Old Ottawa, Side Show Books, 2006
  • Cardiff: Ghost Town on the Praire, Side Show Books, 2006
  • Greetings from Kankakee: A Pictur Postcard View of Old Kankakee, Side Show Books, 2007
  • Kankakee Makes Good: A Second Volume of Picture Postcards of Old Kankakee, Side Show Books, 2007
  • Cardiff: A Further History of the Ghost Town on the Prairie, Side Show Books, 2008
  • Len Small: Governors and Gangsters, Side Show Books, 2009
  • Chicago to Springfield:: Crime and Politics in the 1920s, Arcadia Publishing, 2010
  • Greetings From Starved Rock, Side Show Books, 2011
  • Ottawa, Arcadia Publishing, 2011

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Ashpile

ISBN: 0966497422
Release Date: 1991-07-23

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Len Small: Governors and Gangsters

ISBN: 0982408005
Release Date: 2009-08-19

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Kankakee Makes Good: A Second Volume Of Picture Postcards From Old Kankakee

ISBN: 0982408056
Release Date: 2007-07-01

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Greetings From Ottawa: A Picture Postcard View Of Old Ottawa

ISBN: 0982408048
Release Date: 2006-11-15

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Cardiff 2: A Further History of the Ghost Town on the Prairie

ISBN: 0982408021
Release Date: 2008-10-01

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County West Companion: A Further History of Western Kankakee County

ISBN: 0982408013
Release Date: 2005-06-01

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Memories of Reddick High School

ISBN: 0982408072
Release Date: 2002-07-01

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History of Herscher High School

ISBN: 0982408064
Release Date: 2001-08-15

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The family of Johann Mau

ASIN: B0006RJLR0
Release Date: 2000


Chicago to Springfield: Crime and Politics in the 1920s (Images of America)

ISBN: 0738583731
Release Date: 2010-12-13

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Greetings From Starved Rock

ISBN: 0982408099
Release Date: 2011-06-01

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Ottawa (Images of America)

ISBN: 0738588571
Release Date: 2011-11-07

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Literary Awards

County West, Cardiff and Cardiff 2 have won awards from the Illinois State Historical Society

Cardiff won a Studs Terkel Award from the Illinois Humanities Council in 2006

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Jim Ridings on WorldCat

Jim Ridings on Amazon

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