September 2019 by Matt Dayhoff · David McGinnis, 3, of Creve Coeur surveys the mess of smashed grapes he’s standing in while his sister Katlynn, 9, and mother Rosemary, join him for some dancing and stomping Sunday, Sept. 1, during the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard’s annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival. A group of Washington Community High School students play basketball Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Harry LaHood Park in Washington.Limestone’s Scotti Fisher (6) puts the ball past an IVC defender during their match Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Bartonville.Pekin’s Andrew Geier (12) and Richwoods’ Charles Wentworth tangle over the ball Thursday, Sept. 5, at Richwoods High School. Peoria police officers cautiously approach the front of a house in the 100 block of East Illinois Avenue after reports of an armed male and shots fired at the residence Thursday, Sept. 5, in Peoria. No one was home.Washington freshman Nick Sigler polishes the bell of a sousaphone on the steps outside the new band room Friday, Sept. 6, in Washington.The Peoria High School Lions run through spray from a fire extinguisher as they take the field against Peoria Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 6, at Peoria Stadium.Washington’s Cole Watkins celebrates a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Belleville West on Friday, Sept. 6, in Washington.Remi Kinney, 2, in pink shirt, hands Mya Scharp, far right in her father Tyler’s arms, a piece of candy while watching the Pekin Marigold Festival Parade with her friend Spencer Mayberry, in yellow shirt, and sister Reagan on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Pekin. Scooter, a 7-year-old dachshund from Henry, rests his sleepy head on owner Alissa Hastings’ shoulder during Bark in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, on the Peoria riverfront. American flags fly in the background as motorcycle officer Jacob Cernek of the Washington Police Department keeps watch over the city’s 18th annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 8 in Washington Park. Cub Scouts with Washington Pack 73 react to the sound of gunfire from the Washington Police Department Honor Guard near the end of the city’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Lincoln Park. Gary Hall, left, and Ken Hofbauer, right, both of Peoria, argue with counter-protestor Max, who preferred not to give his last name, as he waves a giant “Trump 2020” flag and speaks into a megaphone during a protest against current U.S. immigration policy Friday, Sept. 13 near the Federal Courthouse in Peoria. Morton’s Ollie Steffen (5) makes a diving tackle on Canton ballcarrier Cally Stein in the first half of their game Friday, Sept. 13 in Canton. Tatum David of Richland County High School flashes a smile as she crosses the finish line Saturday, Sept. 14 in the First to the Finish Class 2A girls race at Detweiller Park. David won the race in a time of 16:37.0. Ethan DuPree, 7, of Princeville, forms a giant bubble as he plays at a station Saturday, Sept. 14 during the PNC Worldwide Day of Play at Glen Oak Park. A Peoria Notre Dame swimmer puts in her laps during a recent practice at Central Park Pool. Streator’s Davey Rashid, left, gets some air after colliding with Limestone’s Vojta Kubata in the second half of their match Thursday, Sept. 19 in Bartonville. Peoria Notre Dame’s Chris Dillon loses his helmet and dives for extra yardage against Richwoods on Friday, Sept. 20 during the Shamrock Classic at Dozer Park. Decked out in full German attire, brothers Parker Motter, 4, left, and Cooper Motter, 6, of Edelstein watch the festivities at the annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Sept. 20 on the Peoria riverfront. Paula Graves, top, and Cheri Beaver, co-chairs of the Corn Stock Theatre costume department, sort through hundreds of tops, pants, dresses and other costumes as the theatre’s summer tent closes down and moves indoors to the Theatre Center for its winter season. A trio of kids tease “Superman” Javier Munoz during Hopefest on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Trewyn School in Peoria. Munoz runs a group of local costumed superheroes who visit events around central Illinois. Alister Bandy, 2, of Peoria rests on his mother Jennifer’s shoulder as the family attends the kickoff rally for the annual 40 Days for Life pro-life campaign Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the parking lot next to the former Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Peoria. Carl Cannon, middle, reacts to a check for $50,000 from “Returning the Favor” executive producer Sarah Yourgrau, left, and host Mike Rowe during a surprise celebration Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Noble Center. Cannon received a total of $124,000 in donations for his work with the ELITE Youth Program. The event was filmed for an episode of Rowe’s Facebook show “Returning the Favor.” Morton’s Autumn Clark gets low for a dig against East Peoria in the second set Tuesday, Sept. 24 in East Peoria. The Potters defeated East Peoria 25-20, 25-21. Jeff Hunzicker of Mid-Illinois Companies paints the steel frames of the large windows of the WTVP building Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 100 State Street in Peoria’s Warehouse District. Water pours down a culvert after heavy rainfall caused a section of roadway to collapse Friday, Sept. 27 at the entrance to P&P Press in Peoria. East Peoria’s Mitch Ball (12) nearly snags an interception on a pass between Limestone’s Davian Nunez (24) and Zach Otten in the first half Friday, Sept. 27 in East Peoria.Limestone’s Luke Ori (3) defends against a pass to East Peoria’s Jerome Wilson in the first half Friday, Sept. 27 in East Peoria.Peoria’s Javi Guyton gets knocked off his feet by Normal West’s Jake Ocker in the first half Saturday, Sept. 28 in Morton. Dunlap wide receiver Casey Erickson (17) snags a pass over Metamora’s Caleb Welsh on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Metamora. Dunlap defeated the Redbirds 10-7. Metamora running back Zach Poston tries to pull away from Dunlap’s Braden Dietz in the second half on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Metamora.