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Cheers

... to Richard Wilson, former president of Illinois Wesleyan University, who agreed to step in temporarily as the school's leader while the board searches for an interim president to replace Eric Jensen.

Jensen retired last week after serving as an "agent of change" since 2015. We wish Wilson well in his temporary position and offer best wishes to Jensen on his retirement.

It's a whole new day

... in Illinois, after the legislature and Gov. J.B. Pritzker moved forward with legalizing recreational marijuana.

Those 21 and older will be able to buy marijuana and licensed dispensaries beginning next year.

Illinois is the second state to endorse the idea through its legislature, following Vermont last year. Ten states and the District of Columbia have dropped pot prohibitions, most through ballot initiatives, The Associated Press said.

Hip hip

... hooray, to the General Assembly and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, for making relatively quick work out of the spring session. Yes, the assembly went into overtime, but it was a shorter span than many years past.

Whether this is a sign of more businesslike behavior or just an anomaly remains to be seen.

Bird pride

... is in evidence at the ISU Bone Student Center, where the final pieces of a major restoration are being put into place.

The newest work on the main concourse includes a grab-and-go food option called The Landing and a soon-to-be named Asian cuisine restaurant on the second floor.

Congratulations

... to the newest crop of Women of Distinction nominees - all 34 of them - from whom winners will be named June 25 at the 30th annual event, a program of the YWCA McLean County. Twelve people also applied for the WINGS award, a scholarship funded by previous Women of Distinction winners.

Tickets are available at www.ywcamclean.org/womenofdistinction or by calling 309-662-0461.

Best wishes

... to Amy Cottone, who is retiring as executive director of Western Avenue Community Center, Bloomington.

The facility opened in 1926 to serve the working class neighborhood with social, religious, educational and recreational activities for all ages.

Give a salute

... to Kylee Shepherd, all 7 years of her, who knew to call 911 and get help when her mom fell out of bed and started having convulsions.

Kylee has received the Normal Fire Department's Youth Hero Award for her actions on Feb. 27.

"Your ability to stay calm and provide information and render aid to your mother goes above and beyond what we would expect from someone your age," Fire Chief Mick Humer told Kylee.

Authorities say all children should know their address, how to call 911 in emergencies and how to unlock their parents' cell phones. If your kids haven't learned those lessons, make sure they do.

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