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Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 11:45 p.m. CST

ALGONQUIN – The Algonquin Area Public Library will host a discussion about frontier lawbreakers and the vigilante justice that marked Illinois before the 20th century.

The presentation, “Desperadoes: Notorious Outlaws of Early Illinois,” takes place at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Algonquin Area main library, 2600 Harnish Drive.

From the early criminals of Cave-in-Rock to figures such as the Maxwell brothers and Frank Rande, Illinois in the 1800s often was considered a dangerous place. The presentation dives into Illinois’ infamous past – vigilantes and the state’s early attempts at law enforcement – through dozens of images featuring outlaws, jails, wanted posters and more.

The event is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.

Presenter and author John Hallwas spent 10 years researching his book, “Dime Novel Desperadoes: The Notorious Maxwell Brothers,” a 2009 Midland Award Winner for Best Biography from the Midwest.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, visit or call 847-458-6060.

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