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 Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.