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. 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers. 1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies. 1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up. 1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA. 1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.