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, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.