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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005 02:26 pm

Quicktakes

Briefly, what's happening in the capital city

THE BEST OF THE PRESS
Illinois Times staff writer Dusty Rhodes has won first place for best investigative-enterprise reporting in the Illinois Press Association’s annual journalism contest. The award, presented Friday, was given for “Precious medals,” published on March 31. The story showed how military records contradict claims by Joe Wilkins that he earned a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts in Vietnam. Wilkins, a retired professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been an influential advisor to local government officials. Rhodes, who writes a biweekly column titled “Fresh Ink,” also won first place in the column-writing category. Judges wrote: “Dusty’s touch of humanity along with the dagger wins the day.” Rhodes also won third place in the feature-writing category and an honorable mention in the news-reporting category. Former IT writer Todd Spivak, now a staff writer with the Houston Press, won first place in the personality-profile category for his cover story about Chicago legislator Larry McKeon. His story, “Out, but not down,” was published March 24. Freelance writer Joan Villa of White Heath won third place in the business-reporting category for a feature on alpaca farming.
AMERICA’S PLACE IN THE WORLD
The Hoogland Center for the Arts is the venue for an all-day teach-in next week on U.S. foreign policy. “America’s Place in the World” will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the center, 420 S. Sixth St. Among those scheduled to make presentations: Mary Ann McGivern, past U.S. director of the United Nations office of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Tom Stringer, a local speaker on the CIA. Millikin University’s Amnesty International student group will host a panel discussion. Workshop participants will examine U.S. food production, the Middle East, global warming, nonviolent solutions to terrorism, and international labor issues. The cost is $25 for those who preregister and $30 on the day of the event. Students get in for $10. For more information, call 217-544-3997 or 217-899-2743.
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