Galesburg Internship: Part 4

Another two weeks has passed and it's that time for another blog post. The first two pictures were part of a story that news sources all over the world picked up thanks to the AP, but I didn't submit my photos for them (I let my co-worker have the fame). Here's the latest.

Shawn Whirl, center, walks out of the Henry C. Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Ill., with his mother Erma to his left, his fiancée Gloria Castaneda to his right and attorney Tara Thompson, far right, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. In 1990, Whirl was tortured by a Chicago detective working under disgraced former Chicago police commander Jon Burge. He was tortured until he confessed for the robbery and murder of a Chicago cabdriver, and in 1991 he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. However, in August 2015 his murder conviction was overturned by a unanimous appellate court and Whirl was cleared of all charges on Oct. 13, 2015.

Shawn Whirl embraces his fiancée Gloria Castaneda after talking to the media following his release from the Henry C. Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Ill., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

Galesburg High School student Eric Thompson repositions hanging paper flowers in his Housing and Interior Design class Oct. 14. Students in the class redesigned their teacher's room over a period of time.

Jim Nesci, of Homer Glen, Ill., shows off his near 9-foot alligator Bubba to students at Lombard Middle School in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 15. Nesci brought several cold blooded creatures for the students in a class to touch and get a close-up view of.

A crescent moon is seen over the Knox County Courthouse's clocktower in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 15.

Lake Forest College quarterback Sean Dickson just gets off a pass as Monmouth College linebacker Michael Smith goes for a tackle on Oct. 17 at April Zorn Stadium in Monmouth, Ill. The Fighting Scots beat the Foresters 38-7.

Luke Sanburg, 4, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., looks out the window while on a combine ride Sunday with his sister Julia, 5, and their father Paul during the 10th annual Twin Rivers: Harvest of Hope Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration on Oct. 18 at Nelson Farm near Galesburg, Ill.

Bruce Courtright, of Oneida, Ill., unloads harvested corn from his combine into a grain truck during the 10th annual Twin Rivers: Harvest of Hope Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration on Oct. 18 at Nelson Farm near Galesburg, Ill.

A speaker recalls on her domestic violence experience during the 22nd annual Take Back the Night Rally on Oct. 20 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

A speaker is comforted after sharing her story during the 22nd annual Take Back the Night Rally on Oct. 20 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

Gabby Nunes, 6, of Galesburg, Ill., tries to blow out her candle during the 22nd annual Take Back the Night Rally's candlelight vigil on Oct. 20 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

Galesburg goalkeeper Jonathan Whittle, right, blocks a header from Dunlap's Clint Koehler during a Class 2A regional semifinal match on Oct. 21 at Charger Field in Orion, Ill. The Streaks lost to the Eagles 7-0.

Fall colors are vibrant in Monmouth Park on Oct. 22.

Jon Rekash, center right, of Abingdon, Ill., sits for a photo with his family on the porch of their house. On June 6, 2015, Jon, who had just became a full-time police officer with the Abingdon Police Department, went out one night to ride his motorcycle. Later that night, he woke up laying in a ditch and couldn't move. The accident has left him in a wheelchair but he says his faith in God and Jesus Christ has kept him alive, and the community of Abingdon has been supportive for him as he continues to recover.

Mercer County's Ben Nichols (12) makes a leaping catch over a United's Derek Hart (87) during a game Oct. 23 at George Pratt Memorial Field in Aledo, Ill. The Golden Eagles beat the Red Storm 27-0.

Spirit team members perform a fire trick during halftime of the Mercer County Golden Eagles-United Red Storm football game on Oct. 23 at George Pratt Memorial Field in Aledo, Ill.