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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

August 9, 2018

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Aug. 4-5. 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.




QUINCY, Ill. — Descending into Chris Turner’s basement, there’s little doubt the 27-year-old Quincy man has found his passion in life. At the foot of the stairs is a large glass-door cooler, housing two tubs of avocado-sized eggs. A sharp right from the cooler takes the visitor into an adapted lab, where he breeds rare, recessive-gene ball pythons. By Matt Dutton. The Herald-Whig. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


ELGIN, Ill. — The job of the newest staff member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Elgin is to spread love ... on four paws. Julia, a 1½-year-old golden retriever, is a trained comfort dog who joined the church in June. Her work is all about connecting with people, Pastor Doug Swanson said. “She is a working animal. She’s not a pet,” he said. “She gets up and goes to work. ... The idea is to be able to interact with our community, visit nursing homes, school facilities, anywhere we can think of, where we can take her and use her as a way of loving on people around us.” By Elena Ferrarin. Daily Herald. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — As a University of Illinois sophomore in 1967, Neil Fotzler often listened to his friend, an aviation student, chatter about his aerial exploits. Eventually, tired of simply hearing about flying, he asked, “Well, why don’t you take me for a ride?” So when Fotzler, a first-time flier, strapped himself into the co-pilot seat of his friend’s little aircraft on a torrid afternoon — when the air is rather bumpy for flight — he was merely seeking a novel experience. By Vishesh Anand. The News-Gazette. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.


GALVA, Ill. — Sherry’s Cafe is a singular, classic joint located in the downtown of this city of 2,600. The atmosphere is friendly and open. Asked about the state of Galva in the wake of the June 19 fatal shooting of a 19-year-old named Xavier Hartman, Sue’s smile faded and she offered, “Hang on a second.” Moments later Deb Massingill emerged from the kitchen to explain. “You have to understand something right off the bat,” Sherry’s cook for the last six years said. “This town is pretty divided over what happened. By Tom Loewy. The Register-Mail. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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