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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

September 20, 2018

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




SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — What started out as an idea to offer free back-to-school haircuts morphed into a community party along Clear Lake Avenue in Springfield recently that included games, school supplies and free backpacks for nearly 300 kids. One of the organizers was police Officer Lamar Moore, 26, who collected donations from other officers and emergency dispatchers. Moore, along with the two barbers who had the original free haircut idea, Dwy Rice, 37, and Seth Gregory, 33, said the event was such a success they want to organize future events so they can give back to the community. One idea they are working on is a Christmas toy drive. By John Reynolds. The State Journal-Register. SENT: 900 words, photos.


CLINTON, Ill. — Every one of the about 5,500 days that have passed since three young siblings drowned in Clinton Lake have been difficult but small things can bring the pain to its highest level again, according to relatives of the children who gathered for a memorial service. It was Labor Day weekend — Sept. 2, 2003 — when Amanda Hamm and her former boyfriend, Maurice LaGrone, took her three children, Christopher Hamm, Austin Brown and Kyleigh Hamm, to the lake. LaGrone parked on a boat ramp with the car’s front bumper inches from the water. By Edith Brady-Lunny. The Pantagraph. SENT: 500 words, photos.



SAVOY, Ill. — Two World Wars. Prohibition. Brown v. Board of Education. The end of segregation. To elementary students as young as those at Champaign’s Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, those events are about as tangible as the pages of history books they’ll read. But when Teretha Johnson visits the school’s students today, they’ll get a different perspective — from the going-on-104-year-old educator who lived through all of it. By Lyndsay Jones. The News-Gazette. SENT: 850 words, photos.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In 100 years that have shown extreme courage in World War II and a lifetime of commitment to her church and community, Jill Knappenberger will celebrate that century in her home church. Knappenberger, a lifetime member at Emmanuel Memorial in Champaign, has been working on the church’s collectible eggs since the 1950s. She was celebrated at the church on Sept. 11, her 100th birthday. By Paul Wood. The News-Gazette. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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