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LINCOLN’S LAST AX: SPRINGFIELD – Historians recently discovered that an ax that the State of Illinois has owned since 1955 is believed to be the last ax that Lincoln ever swung. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted by 5 p.m.
NIU Timeline: How authorities responded to mass shooting
DEKALB – An in-depth look at how university and law enforcement officials responded to last Thursday’s shooting at Northern Illinois. Minutes after the shooting, Jennice O'Brien kept thousands of frantic students, faculty, staff and parents abreast of the situation by posting alerts on the university's web site and and similar warnings via mass e-mail and automatic voice mail messages. Students and faculty say police, emergency personnel and university officials responded quickly and thoroughly to the shooting spree. By Isaac Guerrero of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.
Death of Peterson’s third wife ruled homicide
BOLINGBROOK – A pathologist investigating the March 2004 death of Drew Peterson’s third wife has ruled her death a homicide, the Will County state’s attorney announced Thursday night. By Danya Hooker of Suburban Life Publications.
Special Delivery: Ice plays havoc with birthing plans
ROSCOE – Appy Mikel had a clear plan for the birth of her second child: She would be in a hospital, her midwife would be there, and this time, the pain would be dulled by an epidural. Then Mother Nature intervened. By Sarah Roberts of the Rockford Register Star.
Botched FOIA request leads city to admit fault, question procedures
PEORIA – A senior city attorney admits she alone made the decision to wait more than a month to notify dozens of city employees that their personal information — everything from Social Security numbers to credit cards and bank account details — was mistakenly released last December. By Jennifer Davis and John Sharp of the Peoria Journal Star. May be updated if new information becomes available today.
FAIRGROUNDS FOLLIES: SPRINGFIELD – Electrical problems at the fairgrounds have led to the cancellation of the state horse fair. By Doug Finke of the Statehouse bureau.
VIETNAM VET DIPLOMAS: SPRINGFIELD – Raymond Collin received his high school diploma last Veterans Day - only 37 years after he took his final high school class. It shouldn't take that long for an honorably discharged Vietnam veteran to graduate from high school, state Sen. Michael Frerichs believes. Frerichs recently proposed legislation that would allow Vietnam veterans to receive their high school diplomas if they went into the military without graduating. State law already provides that World War II and Korean War veterans can receive diplomas under the same circumstances. Will be posted this evening. By Meagan Sexton of the Statehouse bureau.
STATEHOUSE INSIDER: By Doug Finke of the Statehouse bureau.
CAPITOL NOTEBOOK: By the Statehouse bureau.
Consumer incentives to conserve energy begin June 1
SPRINGFIELD - That old refrigerator could be worth $35 this summer. Provided it was made prior to 1993. A refrigerator-recycling program is among a laundry list of consumer incentives that will be offered in Illinois starting June 1 to encourage reduced power usage. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
BRITT: Toon on Michelle Obama – why is she not proud of America? Will be posted this afternoon.
WOOD ON WORDS: Wood on Words will be posted this evening.
EDITORIAL: Fairgrounds shows need for capital plan
It certainly was timely that the electrical system at the Illinois State Fairgrounds would experience its latest spasm the weekend before Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s budget address. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Good times never seemed so good for ‘Black Diamond’
Theron Denson has a unique act. Better known as "Black Diamond," the 43-year-old black man performs Neil Diamond songs at venues around the country. Denson recently took time out from his busy performing schedule to answer a few questions from The Journal-Standard. By Andrew Analore of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
MIKE NADEL: Mike Nadel is off Friday and Saturday.
ILLINI: ANN ARBOR, Mich.. – John Supinie previews Saturday’s Illinois-Michigan game. With preview capsule. Moving this evening.
FOR THE WEEKEND:
Mass shooting victims were regular folks doing ordinary things -- how do we cope with that?
DEKALB - When she learned about a shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University, Sara Martinez started to cry and cry -- "for days,"she said.
The 25-year-old isn’t a student at the DeKalb campus. She didn’t know anyone who died or anyone within the shooter’s range. Nor were her husband and baby son close to the scene. Still Martinez cried for her hometown and for the pain about to confront families of the five victims and the gunman Feb. 14. By Lauren FitzPatrick of Gatehouse News Service.
Buckle up, it’s going to be one bumpy ride
Rockford: City of potholes. The Register Star's Sadie Gurman goes for a ride on the torn-up streets and lives to tell about it -- even if her coffee doesn't.
Who needs Hollywood? Teen trio finds a niche with offbeat productions
KNOXVILLE -- Jake Reeder, Riley Johnson and Trent Benedict make movies. And thanks to Web-era delivery systems like MySpace.com and YouTube, the Knoxville teenagers have reached an audience outside the confines of the bedroom community six miles southeast of Galesburg. By Tom Loewy of the Galesburg Register-Mail.
A life-changing chance for disabled workers
ROCKTON - A Chicago-based group is working with businesses across the state to try to provide more jobs and opportunities to people with disabilities. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.