BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL
AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Jan. 19-20. 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. _ Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent his first week in office making things right with organized labor and signing executive orders and legislation that represent the first steps to ending the four-year feud his predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, had with labor and particularly, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. By John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
MENDOTA, Ill. _ A quiet little program at Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota continues to grow according to director Emily Kofoid. Kofoid took over as director last summer and has started adding different programs to support her goal of increasing the library’s role as a community resource. The adult book club is just one of those efforts. Kofoid started it in the fall and it’s taken on a life of its own. By Tamara Abbey. The (LaSalle) News-Tribune. SENT: 400 words, photo.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Sisters Brookelyn and Addisyn Shanle squealed with delight when they saw their dad, Dustin Shanle, walk into the room at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital on Jan. 8. After all, the U.S. Marine had flown halfway around the world from Afghanistan to see the newest addition to their family, Callie Grace, who was born on New Year’s Day and about seven weeks premature. By Steven Spearie. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 890 words, photos.
CARBONDALE, Ill. _ In 1968, an SIU Carbondale physicist named Walter Henneberger published a paper suggesting that an electron could be freed from an atom and bound to it at the same time, with the help of super-intense lasers. To his peers it was nonsense. Fifty years later, the 88-year-old emeritus professor has been vindicated. In April, a team of German and Swiss researchers announced the first definitive experimental proof of Henneberger’s theories. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
URBANA, Ill. _ They don’t remember, of course, but 18 years ago, a group of newborn twins and triplets made big baby news across the nation. Dubbed the “Magnificent Nine,” the three sets of twins and one set of triplets were born in a 24-hour period Jan. 9-10, 2001, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. “It’s like a blink of an eye. I can’t believe they are turning 18,” said Julle Dohme of Broadlands. By Tracy Crane. The (Champaign) News-Gazette. SENT: 750 words, photos.