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BC-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL

October 5, 2018

AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Oct. 6-7. 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.

Moving Sunday:


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Friction over a stovepipe hat’s connection to Abraham Lincoln has prompted the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to dissolve a $25,000 consulting contract with the organization’s fundraising arm. Alan Lowe told The Associated Press that his “top priority” is as director of the Lincoln museum. He says he is “at odds on some issues” with the Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation so he ended the contract. Lowe issued a statement last month that he was not fully informed about the foundation’s secret and inconclusive DNA testing to determine whether a prize stovepipe hat belonged to Lincoln. It’s part of a $25 million acquisition in 2007 of Lincoln artifacts. By Political Writer John O’Connor. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




PEORIA, Ill. — Cecily Melton, 30, shook her head quickly when asked if she could have tackled her opioid habit without help from a medication called Suboxone. “No way,” said the mother of five, more than three years after she weaned herself off opioids and restarted her life. A former Army wife, the Bartonville native became addicted to opioids several years ago after a military base physician prescribed her a dose of painkillers for a buildup of fluid behind the knee. She didn’t realize something was wrong until her prescription ran out. She came back to the Peoria area, realized she needed help and found that help with the Human Service Center’s outpatient, medication-assisted treatment program. By Andy Kravets. Journal Star. SENT: 2,000 words, photos.


SYCAMORE, Ill. — Aiden Anderson, 10, loves to cook all kinds of meat. The Brooks Elementary School fifth-grader said that he hopes to inspire others to do the same through his tasty dishes. And judging by the positive response his French onion turkey received at the fifth annual “Kids Can Cook!” event at Sycamore United Methodist Church, he succeeded. More than 100 people filled the church’s gym Sept. 15, to taste the desserts, entrees and appetizers made by 16 local children, ranging in age from kindergarten through high school. “Kids Can Cook!” is sponsored by the Family Service Agency, and all of the money raised from the event supports the Youth Mentoring Program. By Aimee Barrows. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle. SENT: 600 words, photos.



QUINCY, Ill. — A St. Dominic teacher doesn’t have to look far to remember former students. They’re all part of her Wall of Fame. Part of a wall in Donna Richmiller’s classroom is covered with photos and newspaper clippings featuring her students. One donated a kidney to a classmate. Another was wounded while serving his country. Some are fighting cancer. Many are raising a family, and sending their children to St. Dominic. One died in a car wreck, but “I haven’t lost very many of them,” she said. By Deborah Gertz Husar. The Herald-Whig. SENT: 550 words, photos.


FREEBURG, Ill. — There is nothing Kirt and Julie Stone of Freeburg enjoy doing more than watching their sons, Logan and Lucas, play football. The Stone family’s love of the sport began several years ago when the boys joined the Freeburg Little Midgets. It’s only grown as first Logan and then Lucas, donned the blue and white of the Freeburg High School team. Twice in the past three years, Julie has faced a battle with cancer, including her 2017 diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer in her lymph node and her hip. By Dean Criddle. News-Democrat. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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