AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of July 7-8. 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.

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Saturday:

EXCHANGE-CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN

DECATUR, Ill. — City librarian Rick Meyer is a self-described "numbers guy," so when he came to the staff's retirement gathering for children's librarian Katie Gross, he came armed with a few statistics. By Valerie Wells. (Decatur) Herald & Review. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-TRANSPLANT CHAIN

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Before Deborah Kunath received a fateful call from Memorial Medical Center last year, the 61-year-old Jacksonville resident worried she would die on dialysis, waiting for a life-saving kidney donation. By Dean Olsen. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. SENT: 1,270 words, photo.

Sunday

EXCHANGE-TREATING DEPENDENCY

QUINCY, Ill. — When Dr. Michael Connolly moved from Wisconsin to Quincy in January 2017 to teach at Southern Illinois University's Center for Family Medicine, he was shocked at the number of opioid prescriptions and substance use disorders. By Ashley Satala. The (Quincy) Herald-Whig. SENT: 780 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-PLAYGROUND MAPS-PAINTER

BENTON, Ill. — Gene Alexander, known to most as "Mr. A," may be busier today than he was before retiring in 1990 from his job as principal of Logan Elementary School in Benton. By Marilyn Halstead. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 620 words, photo.