GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (10/30/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, email@example.com
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, firstname.lastname@example.org
NADEL IN JERSEY FOR BULLS OPENER: Mike Nadel will be in New Jersey on Wednesday night to cover the Bulls opener. We are encouraging GateHouse papers and subscribers to watch and plan for Nadel’s column. (Will be posted by 10:30 p.m.)
GAMING UPDATE: CHICAGO – House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) today proposed creating a new state gaming board to preside over any expansion of gambling that occurs in Illinois. The speaker was to meet with reporters at a 1 p.m. news conference, presumably to define what level of expansion he would support. RAMSEY/CHICAGO BUREAU/this evening/Illinois
SCHOOL MONEY: Starting next month, most Illinois school districts will get less money from the state unless the House of Representatives quickly approves a technical piece of budget-related legislation, officials said Monday. It was the latest in a series of please for the House to vote for the "budget implementation" bill. COLINDRES/CAPITOL BUREAU/this evening/Illinois
RESULT OF DEADLY ACCIDENT - TAVERN PROBLEMS: Why is a tavern in Illiopolis, the middle of nowhere, such a constant law enforcement problem? Why's it get all those patrons from Decatur? (state police officer was on his way there Sunday morning when his car was hit by cars driven by separate drivers, both believed to be drunk.) RUSHTON/SPRINGFIELD
-- Does County and Sangamon County board plan to do anything about JD’s tavern now? REYNOLDS/SPRINGFIELD
-- Accident followup: what happened, and where stands charges against the two drivers? BOLINSKI/SPRINGFIELD
CATEGORIES: Illinois News
ELECTION FILING: Began this morning. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/ w/photo/J.Fowler/Illinois News
500 GUNS: How and when will city of Springfield come up with $35,000 to pay all the people who brought in guns. City expected 150 guns, got more than 500; each seller is due a $100 gift card. BOLINSKI/SPRINGFIELD/with art/Illinois News/this evening.
ASSOCIATION BIZ: National Association of Letters Carriers moving an office here in January from the Quad-Cities. Believe it's the Midwest regional office, but latest in string of associations to either move here or build new state headquarters. LANDIS/SPRINGFIELD
TAKE IN A HAUNT: Do you believe in ghosts? If you do, you’re not alone. According to a 2005 Gallup Poll, about three of every four Americans believe in at least one element of the paranormal, from ghosts and haunted houses to reincarnation and astrology. GALESBURG/Illinois/posted
BREAKOUTS: To Go Box for Tuesday night lecture. Separate on: What People Believe
RIVER ISLANDS: (w/map) We've confirmed that the federal Water Resources Development Act, now awaiting President Bush's signature, includes authorization to appropriate $16 million to build several sediment-fighting islands in Lower Peoria Lake beginning just south of the McClugage Bridge. It's possible dredging of river mud to build the islands could begin a year from now, though two years is probably more likely. SMOTHERS/PEORIA/Illinois/this evening.
MORE WATER RESOURCES ACT: Included in the Water Resources Development Act is a dredging project for the Beardstown marina, which has been silted in since the Sangamon River was rerouted decades ago. Big deal for a river town that has no riverfront because of silt, if the bill isn't vetoed. BUEDEL/PEORIA/Illinois/this evening.
RUSHVILLE PURCHASE: Spoon River College has purchased .57 acres in Rushville for $52,000 with plans to build a permanent facility for the college's programs in the Schuyler County community. POSPESCHIL/PEORIA/Illinois News/this evening.
STAPH: LaSalle-Peru high school acknowledges that at least two students there have been recently diagnosed with the antibiotic-resistant MRSA. WEEKS/PEORIA/Illinois/this evening.
INJURED SOLDIER UNDAUNTED (with art): Army Spc. Ryan Richardson, son of B.J. Richardson of Manito and Jennifer Wiseman of Pekin, and a graduate of Pekin Community High School, was severely wounded Oct. 13 while engaged in hazardous duty in Baghdad. Despite extensive injuries, Richardson - now receiving treatment at Brooks Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas - hopes to return to active duty. CROSSETT/PEKIN/Illinois News/posted.
SOUTH BELOIT TARGETED: South Beloit pretty much gives away the store to developers when it agrees a new incentive package of Target. It's quite possible that this small city won't get any sales tax from the new store for 25 years. Mayor says it's typical of small towns getting rolled when big developers come to town. MIKE WISER/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR/this evening/Illinois News
WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport notebook covering University of Illinois. Topics to include men's basketball, football and the Big Ten Network. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving early evening.
NADEL: Best of The Baldest Truth (featuring items on Bears, Bulls, Illini, Cubs, Blackhawks). COLUMN/Categories: Mike Nadel, Illinois Sports, Pro Sports, Bears and Cubs.
BEARS: Article by MIKE DEDONCKER/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR/this evening/Illinois Sports
JUSTICE AND MONEY: Former Gov. George Ryan has already been shown far more leniency in reporting for his prison sentence than the vast majority of convicted criminals. On Thursday the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a plea from Ryan and co-defendant Larry Warner for a new hearing. Ryan and Warner claimed their chance for a fair trial was negated by problems with the jury. EDITORIAL/SPRINGFIELD/posted.
CHRIS BRITT: Toon showing how a prison-bound George Ryan would be greeted while trick-or-treating. BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions/posted.
FIRE RESULTS: California wildfires sparked the best and worst in people. EDITORIAL/PEORIA
A LITTLE TRADING GOING ON: In Illinois, political favors and campaign contributions are traded like baseball cards. EDITORIAL/PEORIA
PAY TO PLAY EASIER: Thanks to Comptroller Dan Hynes, keeping track of pay-to-play politics just got a lot easier. EDITORIAL/PEORIA
DREDGING: If central Illinois could dredge up more demand for Illinois River sediment, then the costly dredging process could help pay for itself. EDITORIAL/PEORIA
Later this week in sports
BULLS COVERAGE: See notation at top of budget.
Regional budget 10/30/07
GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (10/30/07)