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, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.