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AP-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

July 12, 2018

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of July 14-15. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Illinois desk in Chicago at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org.




LISLE, Ill. — A Chicago guy and a New York guy making a pizza academy together? Doesn’t add up, right? And yet here’s Leo Spizzirri, a Chicago native, and Anthony Iannone from Queens, New York, opening North American Pizza and Culinary Academy in Lisle. “I think we both agree that the classic Italian style is more our favorite,” Iannone said. By Marissa Plescia, Daily Herald. UPCOMING: 800 words.


BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — The first pride parade in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs could be on the march as early as next year, thanks to the efforts of a 12-year-old from Buffalo Grove. Molly Pinta, a seventh-grade student at Twin Groves Middle School, is working with Buffalo Grove officials, her parents and other supporters to organize a parade in her hometown in June, which is Pride Month. By Steve Zalusky, Daily Herald. UPCOMING: 610 words.



FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — Straddling the line of Ogle and Lee counties are 3,500 acres of prairie where the bison roam and species of butterflies freely land on plants as rare as they are. The bison aren’t just grazing; they’re part of an ongoing restoration at Nachusa Grasslands to get the regional prairie grasslands back to the way they were. Today, only a trace of Illinois’ original prairie exists in spots throughout the state. By Adam Poulisse, Rockford Register Star. UPCOMING: 870 words.

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