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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

February 1, 2019

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Feb. 2-3. 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.




ALTON, Ill. _ OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center registered nurse April Dawn Ferguson sets examples for peers and community alike, particularly those overcoming disabilities. April Dawn has congenital hearing loss in both ears, but overcame this obstacle and challenge, not only through self-determination, but also because of strong support systems, such as family and health professionals. By Jill Moon. The (Alton) Telegraph. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


CARBONDALE, Ill. _ In 1989, Illinois set a lofty goal for a statewide recycling program. In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization that its companies would stop accepting many kinds of “foreign garbage,” and instead boost domestic recycling, in an effort to clean up the environment. The country reduced its plastic purchases by 92 percent in the first five months of 2018. And the mountains of plastic and other recyclable trash that flooded the market, with no ready buyers, have caused ripple effects worldwide. By Gabriel Neely-Streit. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.



DECATUR, Ill. _ It’s a new front line in making sure kids are safe in the classroom. Police and Decatur school district officials are monitoring social media, in all its expanding forms, and seeking input about signs of trouble — and looking for solutions. “A lot of people behind a computer; they’re pretty brave sometimes,” said Fred Bouchard, assistant superintendent for the school district. “They feel like they’re an arms length away from law enforcement. Those threats are taken very, very seriously by our district.” By Jaylyn Cook. (Decatur) Herald and Review. SENT: 1,560 words.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ When Casey Conn and his family opened Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery in 2012, they had no idea if it was a concept that would take off in Springfield. Celebrating seven years in business this February, the microbrewery and eatery is firmly established in the capital city. But the brewpub’s opening proved simply to be the beginning as a flood of other microbreweries have opened their doors to thirsty customers in the past few years. By Brenden Moore. The (Springfield) State-Journal Register. SENT: 2,180 words.

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