Louis J. Broccolo has taught social studies for twenty-eight years at Central Middle School in Tinley Park, Illinois. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in American history under Professor Gerald Danzer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in college he lived with his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Annunziata Rovai, near Our Lady of Pompeii Church and Mother Cabrini Hospital, in the heart of the Near West Side's "Little Italy."
Dominic Candeloro was the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities "Italians in Chicago" project. He is the author of numerous articles on Italian Americans and is the former president of the American Italian Historical Association. Currently he serves as administrative assistant to the mayor of Chicago Heights and teaches courses in Illinois and Russian history at Governors State University.
David E. Cassens has been studying Bulgarian immigrants in the United States for the past ten years. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and he is working on his Ph.D. in history at St. Louis University. He has published several articles on the Bulgarians in Illinois.
Margaret Bullers Funchion has taught grades four through six for nine years in Glenview, Illinois. She earned a B.A. from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, Indiana, and is currently completing coursework for an M.Ed. at South Dakota State University. She is a Chicago native whose maternal grandparents immigrated from Ireland to Chicago in the 1890s.
Michael F. Funchion is professor of history at South Dakota State University. He is the author of Chicago's Irish Nationalists, 1881-1890, co-author of The Irish in Chicago, and editor of Irish American Voluntary Organizations. The son of Irish immigrants, he holds the Ph.D. in history from Loyola University in Chicago.
David E. Goss holds degrees from Eureka College, Vanderbilt University, and Illinois State University and has taught middle school social science and language arts at Ewing-Northern Schoolin Ewing, Illinois, since 1976. He and his students are actively engaged in local history. They have produced a dozen compilations of interviews on various topics, have published histories of three small towns, and are at work on histories of two townships.
Bruce David Janu teaches American history and an introductory course in social science at Wheeling High School, in the northwest suburb of Chicago. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in history at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where he graduated in 1991. In addition to teaching, he is a member of the Third New York regiment, which reenacts Revolutionary War soldier life.
Louise A. N. Kerr is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most of her research has concentrated on Mexicans and Latinos in the Midwest. She teaches courses in social and cultural history with an emphasis on ethnic and urban history and film and popular culture. She holds the Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
April Martens has taught English and social studies for thirteen years at Clinton Junior High School in Clinton, Illinois. A native Illinoisan, she holds a bachelor's degree and master's degreein history as well as a bachelor's degree in junior high education — all from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She resides in an eighty-three-year-old farmhouse built by her German immigrant grandparents.
Colleen McElroy earned a bachelor's degree in history from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She has worked for the Illinois State Board of Education. Currently, Colleen lives on Chicago's southwest side with her husband and son. Her specialties are Chicago's multicultural ethnic and industrial history.
Joseph John Parot is Professor of History and Head of Social Sciences at the University Libraries at Northern Illinois University. He teaches courses in American Immigration and Ethnicity, Religion in America, and the History of Chicago. His book, Polish Catholics in Chicago, 1850-1920: A Religious History (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1981), was the recipient of the Oscar Halecki Award granted by the Polish American Historical Association. He is the Associate Editor of Polish American Studies. He has published numerous articles and review essays on race, religion, and ethnicity in Chicago.
Mark Wyman Distinguished Professor of History at Illinois State University, Normal, has a special interest in teaching and writing about immigration. It is the subject of three of his five books, including Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans, and Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1830-1860 (1984). His most recent work is The Wisconsin Frontier (1998), published as part of a series on the Trans-Appalachian Frontier. A former newspaperman, he obtained the Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle.