Melissa

Grand Prairie View
by Jeff McSweeney

August 2014

I grew up in Washington, graduated from Eureka College, then attended graduate school in Savannah, Georgia. I made my way back to Central Illinois in the Summer of 2000, landing in Eureka. Eureka is a distinctive town full of colorful people and quirks similar to that of our wonderful families. I am honored to serve as a...

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Steve Bobbitt

Grand Prairie View by Jeff McSweeney

“You don’t always know what you’re going to be.” Really? Sounds a bit clichéd to me but when Steve Bobbitt told me this in the middle of our conversation, it could not be more fitting.

Steve is a life-long Peorian boasting that he was born... READ MORE

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Grand Prairie View

by Jeff McSweeney
Photos by Jeff and Quincy McSweeney

He still had that twinkle in his eye.

Ray attended St. Bernards elementary school and was in the Woodruff class of ’49. He attended Catholic Mass daily as a kid and returned to that tradition 20 years ago, “It has kept me alive,” he said. One of the first people Ray admired was ...READ MORE

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Grand Prairie View

by Jeff McSweeney

A collection of people, places, things and events for a novel about Central Illinois.

Identifying characters is an interesting challenge. Some I know as close friends, others I know through their public presence. The goal of presenting these characters is to create a foundation for the whole story to build. Some of these observations witness the whole person, others present idealized or otherwise distinctive personality traits that will result in the...READ MORE

 

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Grand Prairie View

by Jeff McSweeney

Paul is an old-soul storyteller who captivates those around him. Born in 1971 at Resurrection Hospital on the far Northwest side of Chicago he embraces an accent that is classic Southside, a trait he credits to his father who is the epitome of that part of the country. He is a mix of Czech, Danish, German and Polish descent and is especially proud of his... READ MORE

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At Night

by Jeff McSweeney

Being a photographer means understanding light.

Thanks to a wonderful middle school teacher I was introduced to traditional black & white photography. Since that introduction I photographed for the high school yearbook, was campus photographer for Eureka College and...  READ MORE

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Run, Quincy, Run

by Jeff McSweeney

Quincy – my daughter, a sophomore in high school, an artist, interested in biology and boys. Quincy, my track star.

Quincy found her interest in running in middle school. At the end of her 6th grade year a clip board was being passed around class and she moved it right along, the next person in line handed it back to Quincy and told her to sign up for the first year of cross country. Without really thinking about it she signed up. With summer over she returned to school and began an adventure. READ MORE

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