June 2019 by Matt Dayhoff · Manual Academy junior Allura Erving talks with a City of Peoria human resources rep as she fills out paperwork for the Mayor’s Youth Program on June 3 in Peoria. The program gives a select group of high school kids a summer job doing cleanup and landscaping around the city while learning about public-sector jobs. Geese forage in floodwaters covered in cottonwood blossoms June 3 at Cooper Park in East Peoria. A shaft of sunlight illuminates 11-year-old Evalynn Jurers’ face as she rides the giant swings at the Claud-Elen Days festival June 7 in Chillicothe. After finding success in doubles, Dunlap’s David Wu spent his senior year dominating the singles division with Mid-Illini Conference and Dunlap Sectional titles as well as finishing in the top eight at the IHSA Class 1A state tournament. He’s the Journal Star Tennis Player of the Year. A farmer stirs up a cloud of dust while tilling a field June 11 just off of S. Main Street in Washington. Relentless spring rainfall put many farmers far behind their normal planting schedule, but recent dry weather has brought the tiller and planters out in force. The ball gets away from North catcher Tyler Wessels of Brimfield-Elmwood as the South’s Calvin Kerfoot of Bushnell-Prairie City slides home for a score in the third inning of the North-South McDonald’s All Star game June 11 at Dozer Park in Peoria. Crewmen and members of the press help rotate the propellers on a restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast to release any oil collected in the pistons during pre-flight preparations June 13 at Byerly Aviation in Peoria. A dominating force on the pitch, Peoria Notre Dame’s Autumn Weeks helped lead her team to a conference title and a third Class 2A supersectional. She is the 2019 Journal Star Soccer Player of the Year. Piper Franklin, 5, on the steering wheel, and her sister Sadie, 3, of East Peoria, plan their getaway in their grandfather Jeff Franklin’s 2014 Ford Mustang during a Father’s Day cruise-in June 16 hosted by the Illinois Valley Antique Automobile Club at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria. Fishermen try their luck in the middle section of a square dock during a free Father’s Day fishing event hosted by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, the Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on June 16 at Banner Marsh. Everyone who attended could fish for free without a license. Poles, bait and light refreshments were also available. City of Peoria laborer Greg Gudat leans into his work as he hoses down the sidewalk June 17 along the Peoria riverfront. Gudat used a firehose to clear flood debris off walkways. Butler University commit Monique Hoosen holds the East Peoria career home run mark with 37 and finished the 2019 softball season with a .411 batting average. She is only the second softball player to earn back-to-back Journal Star Player of the Year honors. Morton senior first baseman Nick Guerra finished the 2019 season with a whopping .529 batting average. He totaled 55 hits, 13 doubles, six triples, seven home runs and drove in 37 runs. He’s the Journal Star’s 2019 Baseball Player of the Year. Summer campers play a game during Camp Invention on June 19 at South Elementary School in Chillicothe. Lindsey Hanson, a first-grade teacher at Mossville Elementary School, runs the games portion of the camp and encourages the kids to collaborate on new rules and different methods to play games. Lifeng Ye, the mother of slain University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, cries out in grief as her husband Ronggao Zhang, far left, addresses the media June 24 outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Peoria after a jury found Brendt Christensen guilty of her murder. Consoling her is her son Zhengyang Zhang, far right, and family friend Dr. Kim Tee. Peoria artist Jessica McGhee works on a new section of the Love Wall mural June 25 on the side of One World Café, 1245 W. Main Street, in Peoria. Ryker Emery, 7, of East Peoria sports a pair of glasses simulating an insect’s vision during the Wonders of Wildlife summer camp June 25 at Forest Park Nature Center. Damarion Foster, 8, frolics in a cascade of water June 25 at the Gwynn Family Aquatic Center in Peoria. U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Jaclyn Bice, left, congratulates Korean War veteran Leo Reich, 87, after a pinning ceremony June 30 at VFW Post 2078 in East Peoria. Reich received a Bronze Star, the military’s fourth highest honor, in 1962, but it was never presented properly.