BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL
AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Dec. 29-30. 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 email@example.com.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The new year will bring in hundreds of new laws in Illinois, from a 72-hour waiting period on the purchase of any firearm to a requirement for parents to use rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 800 words.
EXCHANGE-LOCAL ART SHOWCASE
URBANA, Ill. _ It seems like a place you’d go to invest in great art, not view it. As part of a new initiative to showcase local art, more than 30 pieces now hang upstairs in the public spaces of Busey Wealth Management’s corporate headquarters on Main Street in downtown Urbana. By Tracy Crane. The News-Gazette. SENT: 600 words, photo.
EXCHANGE-CASE IH FACTORY REBOUND
GOODFIELD, Ill. _ It’s been a decade since one of Woodford County’s biggest employers bounced back from the brink of closure. The rebound of the Case IH plant in Goodfield faced the same obstacles to growth as other manufacturers of heavy equipment across the country, and it has not restored the employee population to the historic highs of decades before the 2006 announcement that CNH Industrial would shutter the facility. By Matt Buedel. Journal Star. SENT: 450 words, photo.
DECATUR, Ill. _ Otiyuna Franklin’s experiences as a parent mentor at French Academy have opened her eyes to a career path. She’s working toward becoming a teaching assistant. “My interest in doing this is because when I was growing up, I didn’t have anybody to push me or help me,” said Franklin, mother of Amir, a first-grader. The statewide Parent Mentor Program, which is administered locally by the Decatur Family YMCA, has established two pilot sites in Decatur — French Academy and South Shores School. By Valerie Wells. SENT: 700 words, photo.
DANVILLE, Ill. _ The Western Union telegram arrived at Martha Taylor’s house five days before Christmas 1941. “The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, Charles Edward Nix, signalman, third class, U.S. Navy, is missing following action in the performance of his duty and service of his country,” it read. Nearly 76 years after his death, Nix’s remains were finally identified thanks to advances in DNA technology. And next summer, his great-niece and great-nephew will be on hand when they’re buried in Arlington National Cemetery. By Noelle McGee. The News-Gazette. SENT: 1,500 words, photo.