From the PJS:
PEORIA – Former veteran Journal Star sports writer Lonnie Schwindenhammer died of an apparent heart attack Thursday morning. He was 53.
Schwindenhammer worked nearly 20 years for the Journal Star, covering mostly preps, though his byline also graced stories on the Peoria Chiefs, Peoria Speedway, the AMA Grand Nationals and area collegiate events. In recent years, he had been the beat reporter for large-school football and boys basketball, plus baseball.
He left his position in the newsroom last September, but continued to deliver the Journal Star to subscribers in the Bartonville area.