With the NHL in the midst of a lockout, the "Enjoy Illinois Hockey Sweepstakes" is giving away four tickets to fans for the chance to watch any of the six Illinois minor-league hockey team including the Quad City Mallards. The four tickets can be used for any of the following teams -- Rockford Icehogs, Peoria Riverman, Chicago Wolves, Quad City Mallards, Bloomington Blaze or the Danville Dashers -- in December. Those interested in the sweepstakes can visit the "Enjoy Illinois" Facebook and Twitter pages. Only residents of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri or Wisconsin that are 21 years of age can enter. Friday is the final day that "Enjoy Illinois" will accept entries.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.