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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) \u2014 In just a few months, the Strip will feature several new functional and decorative works of art.

Carbondale Community Arts is currently accepting proposals for a public art initiative geared toward beautifying the city's downtown.

The city-funded permanent installation, also overseen by the Southern Illinois University School of Art and Design, will run along South Illinois Avenue between Mill Street and Cherry Street.

The initiative calls for functional art pieces, such as bicycle racks and benches, along with small-scale sculptures, large-scale sculptures, and decorative pieces.

Organizers chose the Shawnee National Forest as the project's theme because Carbondale is the \"gateway\" to that park, said CCA Executive Director Lisa Janssen.

\"It could be interpreted in so many different ways, so I think we're just looking forward to seeing what the proposals are,\" Janssen said. \"At the same time, it is kind of uniting everything around a central theme, which will make everything cohesive.\"

The exact cost of the project has not yet been determined but it is expected to be somewhere in the $50,000 range, with a $6,000 cap on each individual work, allowing for six to eight large pieces, Janssen said.

The deadline for proposals was Feb. 28, and semi-finalists will give more in-depth presentations of their ideas in April. The project is on schedule to be completed by Aug. 4, in time for the total solar eclipse expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area.

City Manager Gary Williams said integrating art into the city's downtown has been a topic of discussion for the past two or three years. With the City Council's approval of the Downtown Master Plan, a revitalization project that includes new bicycle paths and streetscape renovations, it seemed like the timing was right to move forward with the project, Williams said.

City leaders hope to extend the initiative to other parts of Carbondale in later phases, although plans are far from definite.

\"I think the real value of this first phase is that we introduce it to the public. I think we can generate some excitement about it and then hopefully we can build some momentum and generate additional interest to do other pieces, not just in our downtown, but community-wide,\" Williams said.

Starting the project on South Illinois Avenue made the most sense, Janssen said.

\"From Mill to Cherry, that's kind of the nucleus of the town. I know that the streetscape enhancement project is going to expand beyond Cherry Street to the north half of downtown, so that will certainly be another opportunity. I think the art will really enhance the landscape . and it will hopefully attract other businesses that want to start up downtown,\" Janssen said.

\"One of the things that we've said as we've met over the years, something that we always comment on, is there are certain cities you can go to that, if they have a good art school or an art college or a certain museum, you see the work of those artists throughout the community,\" Williams said. \"So those assets end up being synonymous with the city.\"

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CCA expects to include artists from SIU's metalsmithing program.

\"It's actually probably one of our star programs that often goes under the radar . but when you drive through Carbondale you would be hard-pressed to find any evidence that (that program) is here,\" Williams said.

Any number of recently revitalized downtowns feature functional pieces like benches or bike racks branded with city logos, but Carbondale's art will be custom made, Williams said.

\"I'm not sure that I've been to a downtown that I recall that you see that kind of uniqueness,\" he said.

Janssen hopes the project will encourage foot and cyclist traffic \u2014 and that it will give pedestrians a chance to have aesthetic experiences.

\"It's a way to bring art out of the museum or the theater or the gallery. It's a way for people to experience art in their everyday lives, whether they're seeking it out or not. I think it will really enhance their sense of place, their pride in their community, to have these beautiful and functional pieces downtown,\" Janssen said.

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Source: The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan, http://bit.ly/2lhNZYO

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) \u2014 Some Amtrak trains operating between Chicago and St. Louis will stop running while upgrades designed to enable trains to reach 110 mph get done.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/2nEdkxv ) that the affected Texas Eagle and Lincoln Service trains will halt starting April 3. Buses will replace them.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says some trains will run with altered schedules and others will continue to operate as before.

Other track work is finishing. That includes street crossings in Normal that'll let trains maintain high speeds through the community.

Trains currently don't top 80 mph between Chicago and St. Louis \u2014 except for high-speed demonstration sections.

The goal is to launch high-speed train service on much of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor later this year.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the \"Pick Three-Evening\" game were:

1-9-5, Fireball:

(one, nine, five; Fireball: zero)

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10-17-22-28-38

(ten, seventeen, twenty-two, twenty-eight, thirty-eight)

Estimated jackpot: $200,000

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Authorities in central Iowa say Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall and Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant were arrested outside a bar in Cedar Falls.

Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts. Dorleant was cited for interference.

Police say officers responded to a report of a fight outside the bar Sharkey's Funhouse on Saturday night.

According to a police affidavit, Hall did not respond to police instructions and spit in the officers' faces. Police say an officer used a Taser on Hall's legs in order to get him into the squad car.

Dorleant was detained after authorities say he approached officers \"in a threatening manner\" following Hall's arrest.

A Packers spokesman says the team is aware of the situation and \"gathering more information.\" The Bears have not responded to an email looking for comment.

Both men played college football in Cedar Falls at Northern Iowa.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) \u2014 Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state's notorious budget crisis.

Two Illinois state lawmakers introduced legislation last week that would allow residents 21 and older to possess, grow or buy up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and license businesses to sell marijuana products subject to regulation. They say it would help fill Illinois' multibillion-dollar budget hole with $350 to $700 million in new tax revenue.

A national advocacy group, the Marijuana Policy Project, based the estimate on the proposal's $50-per-ounce wholesale tax, Illinois' standard sales tax, federal marijuana consumption data and recreational pot prices in Colorado. The proposal earmarks 50 percent of wholesale revenues for the state's general fund and divides the remaining half 30/20 between education and public health.

Every state to legalize pot to date has done so by voter ballot initiative, according to Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst with the project. But Illinois advocates are not alone in holding out hope for lawmaker approval. Seventeen other states \u2014 including Missouri \u2014 are also considering legislative action.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who co-sponsored 2014 legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Illinois, is sponsoring the proposal in the House. She said states that legalized marijuana have seen an economic boost from increased tax revenue, new jobs and bolstered tourism.

\"We're talking about all sorts of ways of raising revenue,\" Cassidy said, referring to state lawmakers' efforts to break a two-year budget logjam. \"We might as well be talking about this, too.\"

But she and fellow Chicago Democrat Sen. Heather Steans, who sponsored legislation that succeeded in decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot last year, know their new pitch could be a tough sell. They plan to jumpstart conversations with lawmakers, interest groups and the public this spring but won't move legislation forward in the current session.

Key players like the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police currently oppose the measure. Ed Wojcicki, the association's director, called legalizing recreational pot \"an enforcement nightmare.\" He said existing science remains inconclusive about how to best identify impairment on the road and in other compromising situations.

Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie, lead sponsor of the medical marijuana proposal, suggested the staggered timeline could help lawmakers gain a more complete picture of potential benefits and consequences \u2014 especially as more data rolls in on Illinois' pilot medical marijuana program, which launched in late 2015.

\"I do think this might be in Illinois' future,\" Lang said. \"I certainly support the idea of having a discussion.\"

Illinois legalization advocates like Dan Linn, who directs the state chapter of a nonprofit lobbying group called NORML, have long been working toward this conversation. Linn said states where pot is legal have recorded no uptick in traffic fatalities. Instead of threatening public safety, he contended, regulating the already widely consumed substance will take the business out of the hands of criminals and impose important regulations like quality and age controls.

\"There's not a drug dealer in this country that asks for an ID when someone's looking to buy drugs,\" he said.

The proposal is launching at a time when the federal government, which still lists marijuana as an illegal drug, is considering ramping up enforcement against recreational use. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last month his department is reviewing an Obama administration memo that gave states flexibility in passing marijuana laws.

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MACOMB, Ill. (AP) \u2014 Western Illinois University is being honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for its work on campus forest management and conservation goals.

The school has been designed a \"Tree Campus USA.\" WIU has met the organization's standards, including dedicating annual expenditures toward trees and sponsoring service-learning projects.

The university has roughly 2,700 trees on the Macomb campus. Since 1993, the university has led tree planting excursions with elementary schools in western Illinois. The school also plants trees each year to honor employees and students who have passed away.

The Tree Campus USA program was created in 2008. Roughly 8,500 undergraduate students attend WIU.

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