State officials say another 61 Illinois residents have died from COVID-19, boosting the state’s death toll during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 5,300
A 7-year-old boy and and his 6-year-old brother died in an unincorporated area east of Kansas City, Missouri, Friday when the older brother got access to a car and drove it, eventually losing control and driving off the road
Kansas City police are investigating an early Saturday shooting downtown that left one person dead and two injured
St. Louis has for years suffered the unwanted distinction of having one of the nation’s highest homicide rates
An outdoor amphitheater in southwestern Indiana that pays homage to Abraham Lincoln’s childhood years in the region has moved all of its 2020 performances to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic
Chicago officials are turning to texting and a roving van providing Wi-Fi access to encourage participation in the U.S. Census
Cook County is expanding its ability to shelter animals thanks to $8 million in grant money
Many Chicago-area high school students have needed to pick up jobs amid the pandemic as essential workers, meanwhile also trying to complete their studies through remote learning
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The artistic display of patriotism that now graces Pam Hacker’s front yard came courtesy of a recent decision that three maple trees on the property were one too many.
“There were so many seed packets (from the tree) that fell all over, and we’ve got two more trees that do that,” said Hacker. “We wanted to cut down the tree, but we didn’t want to lose it all.”
Hacker was fortunate enough to have a prominent professional wood carver among her Facebook friends.
In 26 years as a professional carver, Randall Head’s passion for his craft has earned him the nickname “Termite.” He participated in the carving of the world’s largest sculpture of Bigfoot during the chainsaw carving event Chaptacular in Clay, Ga., and he has carved the world’s largest long-powered duck call, which is on display at the Rich-N-Tone Duck Call Store in Stuttgart, Ark. The official world record entry for the duck call is still pending.
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The Living Proof Exhibit offers the therapeutic benefits of the arts to those impacted by cancer. Now, the community can help its cause with its latest efforts: creating birdhouses.
The Moline-based organization recently launched Make Hope Soar: The Birdhouse Project. Folks in the community may build or decorate birdhouses to be distributed to cancer patients, their loved ones and people who work in cancer centers throughout the Quad-Cities, according The Living Proof Exhibit’s website, livingproofexhibit.org/post/makehopesoar.