Daily dose: Local history (Paul Simon and the UI) , snowfall projection, Rutherford attends civil unions bill-signing, Walking good for your memory, Eat your broccoli, George Ryan nominated again, National Guard to the rescue
In 1911, many people from the surrounding community continue to view the remains of the body which Coroner Swearingen now has at his undertaking parlor. W.A. Hawbacker of Mansfield said he believes the body is that of Edward Marshall who did cornhusking for him and lived at his house for a time. Hawbacker wrote a letter to Marshall’s relatives in Ohio but has not heard back.
In 1961, a state legislator, Rep. Paul Simon, D-Troy, charged that the University of Illinois Board of Trustees is closing its meetings to the public. He said he is prepared to introduce a House resolution to urge the board to open its meetings. UI board President Kenney Williamson of Peoria said he does not think the board is doing anything different than “we have in the past.” He said that matters dealing with personnel, property acquisition and patents may be discussed behind closed doors. “We have tried in the last six months to bring everything into the open meetings that we possibly can. In fact, we have tried more than ever to do this,” Williamson said.
Weather service still projecting 14-plus inches of snow for C-U
Looks like it will be much worse in Peoria and Springfield areas
Dan Rutherford at Quinn's civil unions signing ceremony
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford -- who as a state senator last month voted for civil unions in Illinois -- attended Monday's bill-signing ceremony in Chicago. You can see him in the background of one of these Chicago Sun-Times photos.
Rutherford, formerly a state senator from Chenoa, was the only Senate Republican to vote yes on the legislation.
Boost your memory, take a walk
From the London Telegraph ...
Those in the aerobic exercise group showed improved memory function, when measured against their performance at the start of the study, an improvement associated with the increased size of the hippocampus.
The authors also examined several chemical markers running around the body associated with brain health, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a small molecule that is involved in learning and memory.
They found that the increases in hippocampal size were associated with increased amounts of BDNF.
Art Kramer, co-author at the University of Illinois, said: "The results of our study are particularly interesting in that they suggest that even modest amounts of exercise by sedentary older adults can lead to substantial improvements in memory and brain health.
"Such improvements have important implications for the health of our citizens and the expanding population of older adults worldwide."
And, eat your broccoli
From Irish Central ...
According to the Irish Cancer Society, almost 40 percent of cancers are linked to the quality of food that we consume.
Research conducted by the University of Illinois shows that eating two servings of broccoli a day can reduce the risk of lung, stomach and colon cancer by up to 50 percent.
George Ryan (again) for Nobel Peace Prize
From the Huffington Post ...
A former Illinois governor now serving time in prison was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. (And no, it's not Rod Blagojevich.)
George Ryan, a one-time governor now serving time in a Terre Haute, Ind. prison for corruption, got the nod from an international law professor at the University of Illinois, according to STLtoday.com's Political Fix blog.
A staunch death penalty opponent, Professor Francis A. Boyle nominates Gov. Ryan for the prize every year because of his moratorium on executions in Illinois. "Thanks to Governor George Ryan there have been no . . . executions by the State of Illinois for over a decade," Boyle wrote in an email announcing his most recent nomination.
Illinois National Guard called out for storm rescues
From the governor's office ...
Governor Pat Quinn today activated more than 500 Illinois National Guard troops to assist stranded motorists on several interstate highways as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for a large winter storm approaching the state. The troops will be stationed at rest areas along interstate highways, including Interstate 70 and those north of I-70, and will coordinate with Illinois State Police (ISP) to ensure the safety of travelers stranded along the roads.