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The next production of the Shakespeare Project at Eureka College mashes up the tragedy “Julius Caesar” with the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Pritchard Theatre on campus, March 14-March 17. Call 309-467-6363 for tickets.


Program to explore civility in today’s world

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will present a program March 21 on the topic of civility, at the next session of its Drinks & Dialogue series. Portia Adams, social work program director and associate professor, department of sociology at Bradley University will guide the discussion, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W. Glen Ave., Peoria.

The Institute for Civility in Government defines civility as “more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step.  It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. It is political in the sense that it is a necessary prerequisite for civic action. But it is political, too, in the sense that it is about negotiating interpersonal power such that everyone’s voice is heard, and nobody’s is ignored.”

The program is free. Social time will precede it at 5 p.m. 


Early voting period still open for primary

Residents registered to vote in Woodford County still have time to cast ballots during the early voting period for the upcoming March 20 Primary Election.

Office hours for early voting at the Woodford County Courthouse, 115 N. Main St., Room 104, Eureka, will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 14, and March 16 and March 19. Hours on March 15 will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and on March 17, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information, call 309-467-2822.


Former basketball star to lecture on brain, pain

The Eureka College Science and Mathematics Division will present the 64th annual William Thomas Jackson Lecture in Science at 7 p.m. March 15, in Becker Auditorium in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Dr. Doug Hattermann, a 1997 graduate of Eureka College, will present “Know Pain, Know Gain: The Importance of Using Therapeutic Neuroscience Education During Rehabilitation” at the free event.

Hatterman earned his undergraduate degree from Eureka in athletic training and biology. He received his master of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2000. Hatterman was a member of EC’s 1994 men’s basketball NAIA Division II national championship team. 

His presentation will explore the research that examines the effects of discussing how the brain recognizes pain and how pain can interfere with rehabilitation following injuries and surgeries. He will specifically discuss how certain areas of the brain deal with pain instead of being able to focus on their normal functions. 

The William Thomas Jackson Lecture was established to honor the late William Thomas Jackson, an alumnus of Eureka College who was a chemistry professor at the College for 36 years. For more information, contact Karen Sweitzer at ksweitzer@eureka.edu or Randy Henkels at rhenkels@eureka.edu.

Mash-up presents two Shakespeare plays

The Shakespeare Project at Eureka College is a mash-up of plays performed in modern dress. The next production features “Julius Caesar,” one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, with a smattering of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of his comedies. 

Performances will be held at Pritchard Theatre on campus, 300 E. College Ave., 7:30 p.m. March 14-March 17. Tickets are priced at “pay what you can” to benefit Alpha Psi Omega, the theater fraternity. Tickets can be reserved at tickets@eureka.edu or by leaving a message at 309-467-6363.


Roadway to honor fallen Navy SEAL

Illinois Route 29 in Chillicothe has a new name: Senior Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens Memorial Highway.

The name change honors a Navy SEAL originally from Chillicothe who killed in action last year. The roadway was officially designated March 6 by state lawmakers.

Owens was killed during a raid against al Qaeda in Yemen as a part of SEAL Team Six. He attended Illinois Valley Central High School, playing baseball and football there. Owens lived in Virginia at the time of his death, and is survived by his wife, three children and his father.

Four members of his extended family were present as the state House unanimously passed the resolution renaming the roadway. It previously had passed the state Senate.

Signs will be posted later this year to denote the honorary stretch.



–Woodford County News Briefs–