In Illinois: Cigars and Bottled History

Bloomington, Ill., creates a bend in U.S. 66, midway on the long, straight run across the dark prairie from St. Louis to Chicago. A traveler notices the sign —POPULATION 41,500—and wonders why the place resonates slightly in the mind. Is this the Bloomington of the movie Breaking Away? No, that Bloomington is in Indiana. Ah! Memory serves. This Bloomington is the place where Adlai Stevenson II grew up a renegade (i.e., a Democrat) and now lies buried with his ancestors, men of substance in the town since the very beginning; men who had...

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