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Going green pays off all year long
Wednesday was Earth Day, but as businesses, schools, governmental entities and homeowners increasingly look for ways to save money and natural resources through practices that protect the environment, going “green” has become a year-round endeavor. State Journal-Register. To localize: How are people, businesses and organizations in your area going green?
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GREEN ILLINOIS: Gov. Pat Quinn is having the Executive Mansion outfitted with energy-saving light bulbs and rain-collecting barrels to water the mansion garden. It’s part of an effort to make state government more “green,” and Quinn signed an executive order today directing state agencies to boost their energy conservation efforts. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted by 6:30 p.m.
Sandburg site to reopen Thursday
GALESBURG – The Carl Sandburg Historic Site will reopen Thursday -- just in time for Sandburg Days. After being open this week for the festival, the Sandburg Site will be open Saturdays and Sundays starting May 2. By John R. Pulliam of the Galesburg Register-Mail.
Jennifer Davis: A tea party fit for a princess
PEORIA – Like Alice, I’m very fond of tea, but the thought of all the work to throw a proper tea party makes me as crazy as the Mad Hatter. Luckily for my 5-year-old daughter, there are people like Barbara Beery. The mother of two now-grown girls, Beery has tapped into our innate desire for pink, frilly food with her “Pink Princess” series of cookbooks. By Jennifer Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.
Classroom incorporates origami into everyday lessons
ROCKFORD – Tulips, carnations, snakes, pianos and sailboats are some of the origami creations made by students in Nancy Spahr’s class. The Golden Apple Foundation awarded a total of $7,575 to 11 teachers in the Rock River Valley earlier this year. The projects focus on creative ways to encourage achievement. Spahr, second-grade teacher at Lathrop Elementary School, received $700 from the foundation to initiate an origami section in her lesson plans. Some of the money was used to purchase colorful origami paper, books, practice paper and other materials. By Katie Backman of the Rockford Register Star.
BRITT: Earth Day, the day after.
Phil Luciano: Dead deer a grim look at circle of life
Killing time before church Sunday morning, Frances and Jimmy Holmes walked outside their rural Peoria home and spotted white tufts sprouting from a nearby field. "We thought they were birds," said Frances, 8. But as she and her 10-year-old brother walked out to investigate, they discovered a gruesome sight: eight dead deer, apparently felled all at once - probably by lightning. Later, not far off, they found another lifeless deer.
Editorial: Time for Minnesota Senate seat to be filled
More than five months after Election Day 2008 came and went, one contest still remains unresolved: a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota. The whole affair brings to mind the Bush v. Gore squabble of 2000. It’s time for this fight to be over. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Governor’s reform ideas need work
It's been interesting to contrast the ideas that have come out of Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Reform Commission and the ideas that have popped out of the governor’s own mouth. Generally, the commission’s ideas, which include campaign contribution limits, instant disclosure of large donations and allowing local law enforcement to wiretap in corruption investigations, have been well thought out. Quinn’s musings — specifically, mail-in voting, term limits and the suggestion that elected officials donate the balance of their campaign contributions to charity — have been a bit loopy. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Students take aim at archery championship
PEORIA – With bow in one hand and arrow in the other, students at Mark Bills Middle School are taking aim. What started out as an extracurricular for a group of students last year for P.E. teacher David Meyer has turned into a traveling tournament this year for about two dozen students at Mark Bills. The team will be just one of four teams from across Illinois that will travel to Louisville, Ky., for a national tournament where nearly 5,000 archers will compete on May 8 and 9. By Dave Haney of the Peoria Journal Star.
SPRING GAME PREVIEW: Five players on the rise as Illinois heads into the spring game Saturday. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. By John Supinie. Will be posted by 7:30 p.m.
Illini get rematch with Clemson in ACC-Big Ten Challenge
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois coach Bruce Weber took part of the blame last season when the Big Ten fell one victory short of winning the ACC-Big Ten Challenge for the first time. Weber and the Illini get a chance to make up for it this year. By John Supinie.