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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

March 22, 2019

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of March 23-24. May be updated. 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.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Being governor of Illinois comes with many worries. But for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, knowing what to wear isn’t one of them. The Democrat’s daily appointment schedule includes for most events an “attire” suggestion. Not surprisingly, the most common entry is “Business: suit and tie.” But khakis are in the mix for outdoor events. A Pritzker spokeswoman says advance staff get suggestions on what to wear from organizers of events the governor is attending and Pritzker makes the final decision. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.




CARBONDALE, Ill. _ John Jackson never set out to be a historian of SIU Carbondale. But 50 years into his SIUC career, a pesky thing Jackson calls “participant observation” is catching up with him. At this point, no one on campus has seen more SIUC history than Jackson has. That made Jackson the natural choice to take the lead when it came time to reflect on SIUC’s 150th anniversary with a commemorative book. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,100 words.


QUINCY, Ill. _ A Quincy memory care facility uses the “best friends” approach to build relationships with residents -- and to help their families. The process, outlined in “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care,” begins even before residents move into Adams Pointe or the Arbors. Families provide a “life story” for residents, providing information about the person from childhood to the present day, which staff uses to build a friendship with the person. By Deborah Gertz Husar. The Quincy Herald-Whig. SENT: 480 words.



BLOOMINGTON, Ill. _ Michelle Witzke knows every teen struggles along the way. A mother of three in Clinton, Witzke’s life centers around her family and her vision: a nonprofit community youth center in downtown Clinton she developed for social, academic and spiritual growth. Witzke spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $400,000 and thousands of volunteer labor hours. The Vault opened in October 2018. By Kevin Barlow. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. SENT: 640 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois State Museum has been re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, despite being put on probation by the organization during the state’s budget impasse. Robert Sill, interim director of the Illinois State Museum, said reopening the museum and working toward accreditation has been a “rebuilding process.” “Moving forward, I think we’re adapting and adopting and embracing change,” he said. By Cassie Buchman. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 660 words.