From: The Register Mail
ROWVA High School and Knox College graduate James Clark has been named baseball coach at Eureka College. A native of Victoria, Clark was formerly the baseball coach at Spoon River College in Canton… Clark graduated from Knox in 2009 with a degree in economics and was a four-year member of the Prairie Fire’s baseball team. He was a three-time qualifier for the Midwest Conference’s Academic All-Conference Team and helped Knox to a Midwest Conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III national regional in 2008.
From: Highland Park Patch
West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison of Deerfield… met with more than 75 citizens recently while campaigning for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Susan Garret … John Straus, a Highland Park native who lives in Deerfield, has known Morrison since their student days at Knox College. He learned she was running when he saw her Saturday and his endorsement was immediate. “She is well versed in local government and has the necessary experience to be doing this,” Straus said. …
From: The Register Mail
…At Knox College, 6-2, 195-pound junior Doug Lillibridge stays busy all year long for the Prairie Fire. [He]does the punting and kicking for the Knox football team in fall, suits up for the Fire basketball team in winter and takes the field in spring for the baseball team… Lillibridge said he was grateful for the chance to play three different sports for the Prairie Fire… “It helps that the coaches are accepting of a multi-sport athlete. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
From: Chicago Tribune TribLocal
When the Lisle Lions football team takes the field for the first time on Friday, August 26, at Benedictine University, one of those running on the field with them will be Dr. Eric Williams, owner of Williams Chiropractic Center in Lisle. Williams is starting his 16th year as the team’s chiropractor, a volunteer position… “Doc” has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Knox College and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College…
From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
… Inspired by a cemetery in one of the western Illinois towns where he grew up, writer Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950) published the first Spoon River poems in a St. Louis literary journal, Reedy’s Mirror, in 1914. When his book “Spoon River Anthology” came out the following year, Masters achieved something rare among poets: instant acclaim, both popular and critical — and lasting acclaim as well.
This weekend, Soundstage Productions [in St. Louis] mounts Charles Aidman’s 1963 theatrical adaptation…
Masters spent about a year at the Knox Academy [Knox College’s preparatory school].
“When I take my students to visit the graves (that inspired Masters), they are moved,” said poet Robin Metz, a professor of English at Knox. “They understand that his work is about a central American conflict: the conflict between the individual and the community.” Metz said that Masters’ work spoke to the nature, and the strain, of small-town life that was a major American cultural war of the early 20th century.
“There are cemeteries where you can find some of the names that Masters used,” said Knox theater professor Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, Robin Metz’s wife. In other cases, he changed names so slightly that he didn’t disguise a thing. “These were genuine personages in Lewistown and its environs,” she said. “It was a scandal.”
From: Peoria Journal Star
Despite strategist David Axelrod’s affirmation that President Barack Obama’s three-day Midwestern swing wasn’t campaigning, political scientists aren’t buying it…
Andrew Civettini, an assistant political science professor at Knox College… said the trips to Iowa and Minnesota represented appearances in states considered crucial to an Obama re-election. Illinois, at this point, is considered a safe state for Obama…”But it plays well when he comes back to his home state,” Civettini said.
“Even when he was trounced in 1984, Walter Mondale still won Minnesota. It doesn’t hurt to end (the trip) in Illinois and try to get that extra bump,” Civettini said…