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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

December 21, 2018

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Dec.22-23. 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.

Moving Saturday:


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation still owes more than $9 million for a collection of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln and says it might have to sell some of it to erase the debt. An Associated Press review of the collection shows a bevy of items only tangentially related to the 16th president. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.




JOLIET, Ill. _ For the past 30 years, WCSF 88.7 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet has been entertaining listeners in Will County and around the world. About 25 people, most of them USF students, volunteer their time to broadcast music, shows and Fighting Saints sports. It’s a mainly student-run station in which they do everything from deciding the music line-up to providing their on-air talents to promotions. By Alex Ortiz. The Herald-News. SENT: 540 words, photos.


CARBONDALE, Ill. _ While most people were reveling in totality during the 2017 solar eclipse, a small team of local amateur astronomers were hard at work, carefully training their telescopes on the corona of light and plasma visible at the sun’s outer edges. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The Southern Illinoisan. UPCOMING: 1,100 words.



LINCOLN, Ill. _ It’s well documented that men and women communicate differently, but inside the confines of a women’s prison, those differences are magnified by high rates of trauma and mental illness that follow female inmates into state facilities. Illinois correctional officers and other prison staff are learning new skills to help them communicate more effectively with the 2,400 women who are held in three state prisons. By Edith Brady-Lunny. The Pantagraph. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


DECATUR, Ill. _ It’s the holiday giving season, but for some charities and thrift stores collecting used items, there’s a fine line between a blessing and a burden when it comes to what’s being received. Organizations are put in the tough spot of being both grateful for contributions while having to wade through piles of donations that aren’t usable. By Claire Hettinger. Herald & Review. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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