Illinois Budget 11.24.09
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Cat celebrates 100 years of global trade
PEORIA – It was 100 years ago - Nov. 24, 1909 - that the first Caterpillar machine crawled outside the United States. The company's first export was to a sugar plantation in Mexico, a rather auspicious beginning to the part of the business that today has Caterpillar one of the top global manufacturers and exporters in the world. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
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This week at the Statehouse:
STATE CAPITOL Q&A: State universities are owed millions of dollars by the financially strapped state government. Officials from several universities, including Western, Illinois State and the University of Illinois, give their take on how big the problem is and what they're doing to get through it, at least in the short term. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.
For the weekend:
STATEHOUSE INSIDER: Doug Finke is off this week.
POLITICS ON THE WEB: Republican Jim Ryan asks Facebook fans who they're rooting for in college football. Gov. Pat Quinn touts a new campaign endorsement from his barber. Republican Adam Andrzejewski asks for $20 donations to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This definitely isn't campaigning for governor in 1980, 1990 – or even 2006. The emergence of the Internet as an every day part of life has political candidates pushing the boundaries of "e-campaigning," from Facebook and Twitter posts to YouTube videos and blogs. Those running for statewide office see the Internet and its new social networking tools as inexpensive, invaluable gateways to reach voters – their way on their own terms. By Ryan Keith of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening for use in weekend editions.
Diverse range of projects helps River City Construction survive downturns
EAST PEORIA – River City Construction is no stranger to economic downturns. The company was formed during the economic woes of the early 1980s when construction was down and unemployment exceeded 16 percent in central Illinois. Not only did the fledgling company survive, it prospered, aggressively pursuing and winning a number of contracts. Since the company was formed in 1984, River City has completed construction projects totaling more than $2.75 billion. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
Home buyer tax credit extension a big boost
PEORIA – The U.S. government did more than simply extend the tax credit for first-time homeowners recently. The federal program was expanded to include longtime homeowners. Bill Embry, president of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors, said there was a good reason the government elected to expand the program: It worked. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
Pieces from New York art colony on display in Peoria
PEORIA – Yes, Andy Warhol’s famous screen print of Marilyn Monroe is here, larger than life and up close. But viewers will find themselves equally captivated by seascapes, landscapes, abstracts, gelatin silver prints, oils and etchings by this pantheon of late 19th and 20th century artists. “An Adventure in the Arts, Moran to Warhol” has opened at Lakeview Museum with a spectacular collection of more than 70 pieces on loan through Jan. 17 from the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, N.Y. By Theo Jean Kenyon of the Peoria Journal Star.
DivorceCare provides faith-based support for those going through divorces
PEORIA – Becky Davies can’t compare DivorceCare to other support groups for people going through divorce or separation. She hasn’t been to other support groups. But she has facilitated DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church for the last three years. A lot of the sessions deal with what the Bible has to say about divorce, she says. So what does the Bible say about divorce? “It does not like divorce.” Davies doubts anyone does, which is one reason she’s passionate about the program. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.
How to have a diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving
SPRINGFIELD – What can diabetics do as they face the challenge of the Thanksgiving meal? Start by surveying the food selections for the meal before making a plate, said Cynthia Ledbetter, MSN, CDE, nurse practitioner at Southern Illinois University Department of Family Medicine. By Todd Smith of the State Journal-Register.
Trim your expenses this Thanksgiving
PEKIN – You may dread the Thanksgiving feast as the holiday season’s first big bite out of your family budget, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Planning is the key for making the Turkey Day meal a little easier for your wallet to swallow, according to Kathy Meier, family nutrition coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension office in Tazewell County. By Art Drake of the Pekin Daily Times.
BRITT: Britt is off this week.
Lori Kilchermann: Poisoning is only a crime if you’re prosecuted
While explaining to my co-workers how I had poisoned my unsuspecting husband, Jim, I was quick to point out that it was purely an accident. They were quicker to point out that most people behind bars for the same crime had probably used that very same defense. But Jim didn’t die, and I’m sure he was too blinded by puppy love at the time to even consider prosecuting me. In fact, he didn’t even tell me I had poisoned him until 15 years after that near-fatal night.
Phil Luciano: Peoria unit rode into Civil War history
During the Civil War, a peculiar and brutal Confederate legion terrorized Union camps in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Eventually, Union leaders called on a regiment from Peoria to take care of the problem. The key battle has largely gone forgotten in the South, but that might change.
Editorial: Doctor’s advice more important than guidelines
If you are a woman between the ages of 40 and 50 facing whether to have a mammogram every year, every other year or not at all, we won’t tell you what to do. That’s a decision between you and your doctor. Of this, though, we are sure: The controversy over a recommendation by a government panel of doctors and scientists is a needed reminder that our tools to detect and predict the course of breast cancer are not precise enough. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a Bears column for Wednesday editions.
ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: Illinois hosts Wofford. Tipoff at 8:45. By John Supinie.
ILLIN NOTES: News and notes after interviews with Illinois football coach Ron Zook and the Illini. Illinois plays at No. 5 Cincinnati on Friday.