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Pubs go pink for breast cancer awareness
Lunch Gang blog a hit for the Galesburg Register-Mail
Chicago 2016 would be 'dream come true' for archer Wunderle
PEORIA – Mason City native Vic Wunderle’s career as a competitive archer has taken him to all the cities bidding for the 2016 Olympics. But there’s no question where his allegiance lies. “For me, that would be a dream come true, to have (the Olympics) in Chicago,” Wunderle said. “There’s still a reasonable chance I could make that team. That would really be something special, to compete that close to home.” By Jeff Lampe of the Peoria Journal Star.
State Briefs. News from around the state.
ATV attack prompts calls for stronger laws
ROCKFORD – Jerry Haiman had had enough of the noise and the blatant disregard for neighborhood safety when he marched across his front yard to confront a trio of all-terrain vehicle riders tearing up a block of Rockford's Seventh Street on Saturday afternoon. What had been a neighborhood nuisance quickly became something else: One of the riders ran the 50-year-old Haiman down in his yard, breaking his left knee. By Jeff Kolkey of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: How do law enforcement agencies in your area deal with ATV riders?
Rockford company seeks approval for TMJD device
ROCKFORD – Those looking to relieve the pain of temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJD, soon might have a new tool at their disposal. Officials of Rockford-based Ascentia Health Inc. hope they are just weeks away from receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to begin marketing their Clayton Intra-Aural Device, or CID, an in-ear support that its inventor, audiologist Larry Clayton, hopes will create a major shift in how locking and malfunction of the jaw joint and its surrounding muscles is treated. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.
Spicing up fall containers adds year-round color to homes
PEORIA – Both Linda Quiram Negley and Lori Waughop know how to put the aesthetic essence of gardens into a pot to create container gardens for all seasons. For both designers, the best container gardens include diverse shapes, sizes, textures and colors reflective of the diversity in nature. Ornamental grasses add motion that strengthens the aesthetic experience. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
Youths that have seen wrong side of law working on new 'Armadillo' police vehicle
PEKIN – Youths working at Glory to Glory Customs already have experienced the wrong side of the law. So it was an intriguing pairing when the Peoria Police Department recently awarded Glory to Glory the $7,500 contract to convert a donated Brinks armored truck into a second Armadillo, or nuisance abatement surveillance vehicle. By Ryan Ori of the Peoria Journal Star.
Dave Bakke: Mysterious note leads to dig for treasure
SPRINGFIELD – Patty Henken thought she was just buying an antique chair at an auction in New Berlin. She got the chair, all right -- and a hunt for buried treasure in the bargain. While refurbishing the chair, Patty discovered a slip of paper with a mysterious message that led her to Springfield in search of a mysterious chest.
BRITT: Toon on House Speaker Mike Madigan getting involved in the high-speed rail dispute.
Phil Luciano: Hard to believe song sparked gang fight
Let's get this straight: A party at an apartment complex for Illinois Central College students explodes into chaos that includes upward of 400 people, seven police agencies, multiple accounts of gunplay, unconfirmed reports of gunshot wounds, four bullet-damaged vehicles, two injured cops, four hospitalizations, three arrests ... and all of it triggered by a rap song? Seriously?
Editorial: Can’t blame racism, ‘trash talk’ for discord
Many decades from now, when historians try to assess the political mood of America in 2009, their research may turn up a couple of key articles from the past few weeks. One would be coverage of Jimmy Carter’s statement that he believes the animosity toward President Barack Obama is rooted in racism. Another involves U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s statements last week that the “trash talk” of conservative radio and TV shows was preventing serious discussion of serious issues. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: Gangs, guns a cancer that must not metastasize
It's not exactly an unfamiliar scenario anymore: Young people gather after word gets out that something's happening somewhere, tempers flare over something stupid, fists fly or somebody grabs the first thing they can find for a weapon or pulls a gun, people panic and run for their lives, some of them get hurt. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a mainbar and notes from Halas Hall.
SMALL WORLD: Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark heard the criticism following the Nittany Lions' loss at home last weekend to Iowa. If there's anybody who would understand, it's Illinois QB Juice Williams. They talked with each other on the phone later Saturday about bouncing back this week. Illinois plays Penn State Saturday. By John Supinie.
HEAD SURGERY: The official basketball recruiting visits of three committed prep seniors are delayed because of season-ending knee surgery for guard Crandall Head. By John Supinie.