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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

May 16, 2019

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of May 18-19. 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.

ILLINOIS EXCHANGES:

Saturday:

EXCHANGE-TEEN COURT

QUINCY, Ill. _ Alexia Ginter listened patiently as a teenaged defendant testified in the mock courtroom at Quincy University. The teenaged defendant was testifying about being caught with a vaping device at school and how it was not the first time. Ginter, a freshman criminal justice major at Quincy University, volunteered for a session of the Adams County Teen Court where a group of teenaged volunteers serving as the jury decide a sentence for those who enter the program. By Matt Hopf. The Quincy Herald-Whig. SENT: 770 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-VETERAN SERVICES

MORRISON, Ill. _ Sauk Valley veterans now have a closer option for recommended nursing home care. Resthave Home in Morrison recently received a certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer free or discounted services, including stays, for veterans. Veterans who are at 70% service disability rating level, and meet a certain criteria can have their nursing home stay covered in full. Those at 60% can be covered in full if they went on hospice care. By Cody Cutter. Sauk Valley Media. SENT: 370 words, photos.

Sunday:

EXCHANGE-DRIVING FORCE

KANKAKEE, Ill. _ Angelle Vanderwarf is the type of girl who doesn’t mind picking up a wrench and getting her hands dirty, despite her manicured and glitter-painted nails. A senior and cheerleader at Beecher High School, Vanderwarf is a leader in the automotive technology program at the Kankakee Area Career Center. Her leadership has led to several career offers, and she was named a finalist in a national contest. By Laura McElroy. The (Kankakee) Daily Journal. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING WINERY OWNERS

CARLOCK, Ill. _ Rudi Hofmann looked over rows of grape vines as buds were starting to appear. “We are not pruning this year because we are retiring,” Hofmann explained as he fingered a vine and as the vineyard dog, Moritz, sat watching him. For Rudi and Mary Hofmann, retirement means leaving the vines you planted, the grapes you harvested, the wines you made and the tasting room where strangers turned into friends. It is bittersweet. The Hofmanns are owners of Sunset Lake Vineyards & Winery. By Paul Swiech. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.