GHNS Illinois Budget (4/25/08)
GHNS Illinois Budget (4/25/08)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today and this weekend from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please check www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.
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Writing coach: Read Casey Laughman’s writing coach blog at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?aid=16. Updated every Monday afternoon. This week’s topic: What to do when the big story turns out to be not so big after all.
ILLINOIS BUDGET ONLINE
The daily Illinois budget can be found online at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/budget. Budget updates will be posted there.
License and registration, please: A night at a safety check
PEORIA - The flashing lights from a handful of squad cars during a recent state police roadside safety check would make any unsuspecting driver nervous. “Most people this day and age don't come in contact with police before this,” said Trooper Tony Halsey at the large roadblock. Peoria. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x501036549
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
Statehouse Insider. By Doug Finke.
Capitol Notebook column. By the State Capitol bureau.
AMENDMENTS (for Sunday): Consensus around the statehouse is that none of the plethora of constitutional amendments introduced this year, including the recall plan, will make it to the ballot - but several of them made it further this year than in the past. People I talked to think it reflects frustration with government at several levels. Last amendment that made it to the ballot was in 1998. It was adopted. Finke
W/Con-con: One issue that will be on the november ballot is whether to hold a new constitutional convention. That's automatic, under the 1970 constitution. Checking with various groups that managed to scuttle it the last time around.
W/Chart on amendments that at least got out of committee (if any can still make it to the ballot, we will note that).
W/Approval process Also, something on how an amendment gets approved, since it will apply to con-con as well as any amendments.
HEROE'S HOME MAKEOVER: (w/pic?) Gary Shehan, 67, a former disabled firefighter who served in the Army, was nominated by his old firefighter buddies to receive tens of thousands in home repairs from a group called Heroes At Home. The group, which apparently operates nationwide, will be at Shehan's home this weekend for the big makeover. (12-15 inches by 6 p.m.) Kravetz, Peoria
JEFF CORWIN: (w/pic) Jeff Corwin will be the keynote speaker tonight for the kick-off to the 30th anniversary of Wildlife Prairie State Park. Expecting about 500 people as well as several of the park's animals. Bill Rutherford's son will also be in attendance and available for interview. May be of particular interest considering the state park has been mentioned by state officials for cuts to their operating budget. (merits by 10 p.m.) McMenamin. Peoria
IT'S A GUSHER: Have higher oil prices had an effect on oil production in illinois? the 'stripper wells' around here are generally low-output and more expensive to run, so it takes a price bump to make them profitable. Well, we've certainly had the bump. Dettro. Springfield
AMERICAN GIRL GALA: (will be posted late; event start 7 p.m.) This is the BIG American Girl event, and it is sold out at $75 a pop.
W/history of the american girl phenomenon, antonacci
W/explainer on the different types of dolls, antonacci
W/sked of the other american girl events in town this wkend (and whether they're sold out too) antonacci. Springfield
Bradley students make offering to St. Baldrick
PEORIA - Bradley University freshman Danielle Creamer leaned back as Samantha Mehew clutched a bundle of her long, black hair and squeezed down on a pair of scissors. "I'm turning bald," Creamer, 19, said as a pile of hair fell to the ground. Peoria. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x1041580203
Warren Achievement Center receives grant for transportation
MONMOUTH - Michael Lewis, president/CEO of Warren Achievement Center Inc., announced the acquisition of a Federal Rural Health Care Services Outreach and Rural Health Network Development grant for $180,506. Galesburg. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x170777761
WOOD ON WORDS: Will be posted this evening. / In Barry Wood, Illinois Opinions
Editorial: The Legislature's pro-corruption wing?
What was it that finally got Illinois' Senate motivated to fight pay-to-play-politics? Were senators spooked by the ongoing corruption trial of a former gubernatorial fundraiser, who allegedly tried to shake down firms seeking state business? Peoria. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x1838791063
Editorial: Cop should rethink career choice
Peoria County's top prosecutor does not believe he can prove in a court of law that a former Peoria police officer is criminally culpable in a fatal boating crash, though he is convinced of that in his own mind. Of the two eyewitnesses, one is dead and the other suffered severe head and other injuries and cannot remember. As a result, all charges against Troy Parker were dropped Monday, nearly two years after the terrible accident. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x1838791059
- Fri for Sat: No column
- Sat for Sun: Bears draft / Will be posted in Mike Nadel
- Sun for Mon: No column.
ILLINI FOOTBALLERS/NFL DRAFT
- For Sunday: Story on running back Rashard Mendenhall, who is expected to go in the first round of the NFL draft Saturday. Story moving Saturday night. By John Supinie.
- For Monday: Story on the status of middle linebacker J Leman, who would sign a free agent deal if not drafted on Sunday. Story would also include more news on other possible free agents from Illini roster. By John Supinie.
Reed Schreck: Lineman or receiver would make Bears draft day
Let’s assess what the Chicago Bears need in this weekend’s NFL Draft: Everything, pretty much. Rockford. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1611215007
Matt Trowbridge's Quick Shots: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1658002435