Thursday, November 30, 2006

Snow Shot 1

ERIC SUMBERG The eve of the first snow storm of the season, moving slowly across the Illinois River Basin on Thursday evening, November 30. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches will be possible by the time the snow tapers off toward midday Friday.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Welcome to LincolnWorld

ERIC SUMBERG A likeness of President Abraham Lincoln stands in front of a 90-percent scale model of the South Portico of the White House in the plaza of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. At the dedication of the museum on April 20, 2005 President George Bush joked that, "In a small way, I can relate to the rail splitter from out West, because he has a way of speaking that was not always appreciated by the newspapers back East."

Monday, November 27, 2006

Anyone Home?

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Aaryonna Smith, 5, of East Peoria, peeks her head into a ground-floor window of a house of holiday lights on Sunday night at the RiverFront Promenade in East Peoria.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Two Sides of the South Side

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR A hanging outside of a house on Peoria's south side.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR On a day that saw temperatures reach into the 60's, a beard trim was in order for Clifton Crowder at the hands of Petie Randle outside of Revelation Auto Detailing on Western Avenue. There are parallels between the skill of hair cutting and the craft of detailing, said Randle, "Its love for the both of them."

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Antique Toys for Young Kids

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Marie Holtrop, left, 20 months, and her sister Emily Holtrop, 3, of Springfield, had their curiosity piqued by a John Deere Precision 730 4-row Cultivator being sold in the display room of Bud Wall Farm Toys of Kokomo, IN on Saturday at the sixteenth annual Interstate 74 Central Illinois Farm Toy Show in Morton.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Big Men in Town

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Donte Green, right, a senior at Towson (MD) Catholic High School who will attend Syracuse University to play basketball in 2007, waits outside of his hotel for a bus to transport his team from downtown Peoria to Robertson Fieldhouse for a Friday evening matchup at the Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions. The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the basketball tournament will bring in roughly one quarter of a million dollar to the local economy over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Bradley v WIU

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Western Illinois forward Stephanie Lovingood rejects a shot by Bradley's Amy Peters during the second-half of the Braves' 90-77 win at Robertston Arena on Monday evening.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Bradley v Illinois-Chicago

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Bradley guard Will Franklin, front, looks to get pass the ball as Illinois-Chicago forward Othyus Jeffers closes in on top of him during the closing minutes of the Braves' 81-72 victory at Carver Arena on Sunday.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Bradley center Zach Andrews skies over Illinois Chicago's Scott VanderMeer to score two of his career-high 26 points during the second half of the Braves' 81-72 win in the opening round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Sunday at Carver Arena.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Peoria's Florence Ulrich, shown here at Carver Arena during Sunday's 81-72 Braves victory over Illinois-Chicago, is a 97 year old Bradley University graduate of the Class of 1932 who has been faithfully attending home basketball games for over seven decades.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Tyler Rumbold, Chicken Farmer

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ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Fifteen year old Tyler Rumbold spends more than two hours each day tending to the all-natural chickens that he raises on his family's farm in Wyanet. To call his birds all-natural, Tyler ensures that they eat no animal by-products, hormones, or antibiotics and are pasture-fed.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Tyler Rumbold puts the last of ten chickens into one of the 30 crates he will take to a slaughterhouse in Arthur, Ill. Tyler raises as many chickens as he sells and the 1200 that he projects he will move through his farm this year is the largest yield he has had in six years of chicken farming.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR The fading light of day frames Tyler Rumbold and his father Myron Rumbold as they load the final crates of chickens destined to be slaughtered in Arthur, Ill. Raising chickens is Tyler's passion, but his family members do their part in helping him handle the more labor intensive aspects of chicken farming.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Tyler and Myron Rumbold take stock of their eleven head of cattle before feeding time on a recent fall afternoon.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Fifteen year old Tyler Rumbold of Wyanet corrals chickens in their pen before loading them into crates, one of the last steps of the chicken raising process before they are sent to the slaughterhouse. Raising all-natural chickens takes about ten weeks from the moment that Tyler picks them up in the mail to the day he takes them to the slaughterhouse.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Jill Gray, center, unpacks a load of Tyler Rumbold's, right, Famous T's chicken at Naturally Yours market on a recent afternoon in Peoria. The store manager, Roger Hutchinson, left, says that his store is "careful who we buy from. We know what Tyler is doing is ethical and once you've had his birds, you won't want to go back to regular chicken."

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Maggie, the Rumbold's seven-year-old Collie, stands watch over the chickens on the front lawn of the family farm.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Chasing down chickens that escape during the daily moving of the pens is all in a day's work for Tyler Rumbold.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Feeding time for the fourth and final batch of Cornish Rock cross chickens that Tyler Rumbold will raise in 2006.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR After a Sunday afternoon of feeding chickens and cows, Tyler Rumbold sits down at the kitchen table with his parents Myron and Laurie to a homegrown beef taco snack.

Curious about China

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR His curiousity piqued, Ben McFeeters, 10, of Pekin, steals a glance at the handiwork of Jean Fehl of Bartonville during her demonstration on the art and technique of painting roses on China at the Illinois Valley China Art Guild show which will run from Saturday to Sunday at the Lakeview Museum.

Dance, Dance, Dance

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Bradley University students Kristin Althoff, a senior from Arlington Heights, left, and Rachel Gieseke, a junior from St. Louis, were among 125 official participants at the sixth-annual 24-hour Bradley University Dance Marathon to benefit Children's Hospital of Illinois held from Friday to Saturday at Haussler Hall on Bradley's campus.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Browsing at Ace Used Truck and Auto Parts

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Sunset at the salvage yard, Peoria, Ill.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Built Ford tough, Peoria, Ill.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Crying Out for Peace

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Crying out for peace, Antonia Westbrook, left, joined Peoria Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard, center, and Leslie McKnight at the Stop the Killing vigil held at the site of the November 6th killing of Antoine Harris on NE Madison Street in Peoria on Wednesday night.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Window Dressing

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR A tattered nylon covering whips in the wind outside of a window in the Wyanet, Ill. barn of Tyler Rumbold.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Metamora v Marion

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Metamora wide receiver Caleb TerBush hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Charlie Zimmerman over Marion defensive back Kirby Pauls during the third quarter of the Redbirds 47-7 IHSA 5A playoff victory at Malone Field on Saturday.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Marion head coach Kerry Martin kisses Wildcats running back Marquis Wadebay after Wadebay had his leg broken during the second quarter of the Wildcats 47-7 IHSA Class 5A playoff loss to the Metamora Redbirds on Saturday at Malone Field in Metamora.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Metamora running back Adam Duvendack is hauled down by Marion defensive back Micah Markley during the second quarter of the Redbird's 47-7 IHSA Class 5A playoff win Saturday at Malone Field in Metamora on Saturday.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Metamora running back Adam Duvendack stiff-arms Marion defensive lineman Jesse Sturgeon during the second quarter of the Redbirds 47-7 Class 5A IHSA playoff win at Malone Field on Saturday.

Patriot Guard Riders

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Members of the Patriot Guard Riders ring the outside of the Dragon Dome in Pekin during the Lee Greenwood concert on Friday night.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Max Howerter of the Patriot Guard Riders salutes the flag during the pledge of allegience before the beginning of Lee Greenwood's sold out show at the Dragon's Dome in Pekin on Friday night.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Triple Timer

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Kate Kennedy of Pekin is the Journal Star's girls tennis Player of the Year for the third year in a row.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Peoria Loves Chicago

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR The eight-member ensemble rockers Chicago, featuring founding members, from left, James Pankow on trombone, saxophonist Walt Parazaider and Lee Loughnane on trumpet, rocked the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Wednesday night.

Load Problem

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Kent L. Wagner, the driver of a semi trailer shown here being transported into an ambulance, will be charged with improper load securement after his truck rolled on its left side and slide off the left shoulder of the road at the US 24 eastbound exit ramp to IL Rt 116 at 4:45 pm on Wednesday afternoon in East Peoria.

No Swimming

ERIC SUMBERG The pier on Lake Michigan near the Adler Planetarium facing downtown Chicago on a balmy election day Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Bean Town

ERIC SUMBERG "The Bean" is an abstract sculpture designed by British artist Anish Kapoor that resides in Millenium Park in downtown Chicago. Assembled from more than 100 curved stainless steel plates, the artwork creates a three-dimensional reflection of the air, water, and ground of downtown Chicago.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Illinois v Ohio State

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Illinois defensemen J Leman (47) and Chris Norwell (96) stuff Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman (25) during the fourth quarter of Ohio State's 17-10 victory on Saturday in Champaign.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins tackles Illinois wide receiver Derrick McPhearson during the first quarter of Ohio State's 17-10 victory at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie is upended by Illinois defensive back Justin Harrison during the first quarter of Ohio State's 17-10 victory at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Ohio State defensive end Jay Richardson applies pressure to Illinois quarterback Tim Brasic during the third quarter of Ohio State's 17-10 victory on Saturday at Champaign.

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is taken down by Illinois linebacker Brit Miller during the Buckeye's 17-10 victory at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Saturday.

A Tiny Blessing

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Reverend John R. Throop of Christ Church Limestone in Hanna City, the officiator of the last nine of the eleven annual PAWS Blessing of the Animals imparts his blessing on Petey, a rat who lives at PAWS who has suffered from various illnesses over the past few months.

Making New Friends

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR The eleventh annual PAWS Blessing of the Animals held Saturday morning in Peoria is a service for all living creatures. Robynn McGann of West Peoria and her Maltese Chanel became acquainted with Spunky, a male Peking duck who has been cared for by Marge Bjorklund of Trivoli for the past year and a half after he was beaten and abandoned by his previous owner.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Potter Power

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Morton Potters Hope Mooberry (6) and Allison McGlaughlin (16) stuffed this spike by Moline Maroon Kimber Soots(17) during the Potter's 25-19 25-11 straight game victory to claim the IHSA Regional Championship on Thursday night at Wharton Fieldhouse in Moline.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Guess what....?


One Last Sniff

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR A chicken raised by fifteen year old Tyler Rumbold of Wyanet, Ill. is given a goodbye sniff on Tuesday by Tyler's collie Vince before being driven with 271 of its fellow cornish-rock cross chickens to a slaughterhouse in Arthur, Ill.

The New New Economy

ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR A John Deere tractor rolls past a turbine on the wind farm near the Marshall-Stark County Border on Tuesday afternoon. The wind farm is located at one of the five areas in Illinois identified by the Department of Energy with class 4 winds that range from 15.7 – 16.8 mph.