AP-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest,ADVISORY, IL
AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Sept. 1-2. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — When Wendy Waddick first noticed a monarch caterpillar gut-crawling on a milkweed plant at her Campton Hills home, it sparked her curiosity about the colorful insects. “I was just fascinated with the whole (evolution) process,” said Waddick, 54, a retired probation officer who has joined conservation efforts to keep the species’ population from declining. By Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald. 760 words.
CHATHAM, Ill. — Clara was by herself when her water broke. She was 39 weeks pregnant on a solo camping trip as the contractions started. Hikers passing by her cabin heard her screams and called 911. Shortly afterward, a team of four emergency medical residents were dispatched to help Clara deliver her baby. Unfortunately, there were complications. The baby’s shoulders were stuck during delivery, and when he was finally out, he wasn’t breathing. By Carla Jimenez, The State Journal-Register. 780 words.
HISTORIC SITE SUPERINTENDENT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The new superintendent of Springfield’s state historic sites didn’t take a direct path to historic preservation. Armed with a degree in park resource management from Kansas State University, Troy Gilmore initially came to Springfield 25 years ago to work as the education director at the Henson Robinson Zoo. By Doug Finke, The State Journal-Register. 700 words.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — No family with young children can thrive without toilet paper, diapers and bandages. But for some low-income people, household paper products may take a back seat to food, medicine and rent. That’s a gap that members of Wesley United Methodist Church, in cooperation with Midwest Food Bank, are trying to bridge. By Paul Swiech, The Pantagraph. 480 words.