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Last of artist’s many murals restored
SPRINGFIELD – If there is a heaven for unappreciated artists, Andrew Jackson Bird is smiling there. Except for working on houses, Bird never made it as a painter. During an as-time-allows career that began during the Great Depression, he created scores of murals in hotels and bars around Springfield that are usually discovered when someone tears away an old wall during remodeling or demolishes a building. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
Martin adds Monmouth paper to editing duties
GALESBURG – GateHouse Media has expanded the role of Register-Mail Editor Tom Martin to include oversight of three other area publications.
From the Statehouse: Statehouse Insider column. By Doug Finke. Will be posted this evening.
--Capitol Notebook. By the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
PRODUCTS EXPO RESCHEDULED: The Illinois Products Expo, which was postponed due to ongoing electrical problems at the state fairgrounds, has been rescheduled for June 21-22. By Meagan Sexton of the State Capitol bureau.
The search for Stacy Peterson: Week in review
BOLINGBROOK -- Some of the week’s developments in the Stacy Peterson case. Compiled by Danya Hooker of Suburban Life Publications.
Tiny machines could lead to big payoff
ROCKFORD – Atometric Inc. sees a multimillion-dollar market in machining parts smaller than a human hair for biomedical and genetic research companies.But to have a chance to manufacture, market, and sell its machines to companies such as Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific, the company that was launched out of a basement and has survived on grants needed to find a major investor. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.
Trailer fires latest in string of Springfield arsons
SPRINGFIELD – Four construction trailers were set on fire Friday morning, continuing a string of arsons that started Monday night. By Jayette Bolinski of the State Journal-Register.
Man charged with murder in wife's 2002 disappearance
BELVIDERE -- About six years after Brynn Null went missing, authorities believe they have solved her case. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested Aaron W. Null on Thursday on first-degree murder charges. By Kevin Haas of the Rockford Register Star.
Former youth pastor sentenced to prison for sex with underage girl
DOWNERS GROVE – A former youth pastor at a Downers Grove Baptist church was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison for engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl at the church. By Dan Petrella of Suburban Life Publications.
‘Scrappers Highway’ a road to controversy
ROCKFORD – In his flannel shirt and stocking cap, George Cooke pokes around trash bins on Seminary Street in Rockford with garbage tongs, loading mangled pop cans and bits of wire into a grocery cart. When he’s done, he limps past Victorian homes and run-down housing projects to Joseph Behr & Sons, a recycling company, where he’ll earn about $6 for his efforts. By Sadie Gurman of the Rockford Register Star.
City trying to keep butts off streets
PEORIA -- The city has had enough and says it’s time to kick butts up and down Main Street. Officials hope to snuff out cigarette butt litter Downtown by giving outdoor ashtrays to 16 bars and handing out 1,000 "personal ashtrays," shaped like someone’s backside. By Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star.
WIU officials release details about note, alert problems
MACOMB – Western Illinois University officials released details Thursday about a note that threatened there would be a shooting on campus.
New Kids Count says Illinois children better off than 20 years ago
PEORIA – Voices for Illinois Children released its Illinois Kids Count 2008 report, which shows how children statewide are "much better off than their counterparts a generation ago." The study cited access to health services and education as reasons for the improvement. By Kevin Sampier of Peoria Journal Star.
Police change policy about reporting attacks on juveniles
PEORIA -- The Peoria Police Department will begin releasing reports on crimes involving juveniles, changing a longtime policy that came under fire after attacks on teenage girls went unreported for weeks. By Erinn Deshinsky of the Peoria Journal Star.
Bradbury: ‘Do what you love and love what you do’
PEORIA -- Science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury spoke to listeners during a Thursday afternoon tele-conference at Bradley University’s Neumiller Hall. The author of "Fahrenheit 451" told his audience, "Before you go to bed at night ask yourself, ‘What do I love with all my heart?’ Then when you wake up in the morning, go out and do it." By Catherine Schaidle of the Peoria Journal Star.
BRITT: Britt is off today.
Bruce Quast: Toon on how to escape the Winnebago County Justice Center.
Dave Bakke: Baby book mystery partially solved
It is an ordinary baby book. As with all baby books, this one contains the first milestones in a life – the vaccinations, the dates for the first smile, first step and first tooth. To look at this book is to wonder what became of the baby boy whose mother recorded each first as it happened and taped each picture into its place.
WOOD ON WORDS: Most of us have heard the admonition that “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” meaning that you can’t have it both ways. But does it make sense? Obviously, you must have the cake in order to eat it, and you continue to have what’s left of it until you’ve eaten all of it.
Phil Luciano: Two reckless deaths, one indictment
A Peoria County grand jury indicted one young man after the death of his friend but declines to indict in another case. We'll never know exactly why.
Editorial: WIU’s response to threat raises questions
Lots of questions have surfaced after this week’s shooting threat at Western Illinois University. And even with all the questions, one thing is sure: This community cares about what happened and is ready to step forward to help out. An editorial from the Macomb Journal.
Editorial: Clinton won’t be the last to misspeak
The latest gaffe of the moment in the presidential race was made by Sen. Hillary Clinton. An editorial from the Freeport Journal-Standard.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel’s 2008 baseball preview column will be posted Saturday evening for use in Sunday editions.
ILLINI: CHAMPAIGN -- Senior defensive end Will Davis, who gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and the rest of the Illinois defensive line plan to be “unstoppable” this season. By John Supinie. Will be posted Saturday evening for use in Sunday editions.
Matt Trowbridge: The best week in all of sports happening now
QUICK SHOTS: The Bears don't have a single receiver ranked in the top 50 by Scouts Inc., while division rivals Green Bay, Minnesota and Detroit have two each. Three ex-Bears are ranked higher than the only current Bear in the top 64 (No. 62 Marty Booker). And, while this is a deep draft for receivers, Chicago might not take one high because the Bears also need offensive linemen and want a quarterback. This might be the year to trade for extra high picks. Also: the NBA MVP race, Jose Canseco's newest steroids allegations and the Cubs. For use in Sunday editions.
Jane Miller: Martinsville has baffled Biffle, but he’s ready
Greg Biffle is running second in NASCAR Sprint Cup points coming out of the Easter break, but this week's venue is not one of his favorites.
Jeff Lampe: Son springs into action
PEORIA – Spring fishing is a crapshoot. One day the sun shines, fish bite and you need sunscreen. The next day wind blows, rain pelts your face, fish won’t bite and you need gloves. To fish in the spring you need to be flexible enough to get out on the good days or tough enough to brave the elements.
Wild Things: Walleye competitors hope for better weather
What will the Illinois River do? That's the debate among anglers preparing for the 22nd annual Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit event out of Spring Valley on Saturday and Sunday. By Jeff Lampe of the Peoria Journal Star.
Kirk Wessler: Shooting the works at Robertson
PEORIA, Ill. -- Even the weather fit the occasion. As the final final event unfolded Thursday afternoon at Robertson Memorial Field House, the cold gray skies choked up and wept. Inside the old hangars, Corky Robertson faced an invitation-only gathering of about 300 people and fought back tears as he recalled his late father, Alfred James Robertson, the legendary Bradley athletics director and coach for whom the building was named at its dedication in 1948.
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As number of women in prison increases, psychologist says impact on families is huge
PEORIA -- In one short decade, from 1990 to 2000, the number of women sent to Illinois prisons nearly tripled. The number of children who, at some point in their lives, had a mother in prison rose even faster - mainly, according to psychologist Susan George, because of a rapid rise in the number of incarcerated women with three or more children. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.
From Rockton to Westminster: Breeder finds success with terriers
ROCKTON -- Diane Ryan doesn’t child-proof her house. She dog-proofs it. But for as nonchalant as Ryan remains about dirt on her floors, she’s a perfectionist when it comes to her star show dog, Cal. The two-year-old wire fox terrier is making such a name for himself in the dog show world that he recently made it to the renowned Westminster Dog Show in New York. By Elizabeth Davies of the Rockford Register Star.
Class gives women defense strategies, added confidence
PEORIA – Teresa Napier, abused as a child, took years to be ready -- mentally and physically -- to stand up for herself. Tonya Pruett thought twice about taking a self-defense class, concerned that she might be inviting bad energy into her life. Nancy Kater, just out of college, never threw a punch in her life, but was eager to learn. Each of these women came to the Rape Aggression Defense class by a different path, but they all have embraced it as one thing: empowering. By Jennifer Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.