Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

“Both barrels”

SHERMAN — A Sherman police officer faces possible termination for alleged reckless behavior, while officials of the union that represents him argue the conflict stems from his opposition to a … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Superfund legacy

TAYLORVILLE — The 10-inch scar across Zachary Donaldson’s stomach occasionally reminds him how one of the country’s most contaminated sites likely caused the cancer that nearly killed him. But little … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Back to the books

GILLESPIE — Andy Easton has dedicated his career to teaching his students about independence. No wonder he regained his so quickly. Even without his legs. Gillespie High School welcomed Easton … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moving miracles

PANA — Erica Matthews still remembers the first four-word conversation she had with Connor Taylor. She asked, “Where’s mom?” He said, “She’s upstairs.” Then Matthews began sobbing. Matthews, 26, had … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rochester home renovation project reveals remnants of 19th century log cabin

ROCHESTER — Janelle Melton can easily imagine what life looked like on her property in the 19th century. It’s inside her home, where she still has the log-and-mortar walls the … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Check it out

AUBURN — A yellowing copy of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” has a much longer life span than the computer used to look up its location in the library. For … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Bring it on!’

EDINBURG — A crash on Illinois 29 in 1992 cut Melody Traughber’s life short, but her legacy has been anything but brief. The dangerous two-lane stretch south of Springfield where … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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