GHNS ILLINOIS BUDGET (1/28/08)
GHNS ILLINOIS BUDGET (1/28/08)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today 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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STATE BRIEFS: A collection of briefs from GateHouse newspapers across the state. By 5 p.m. / Illinois and Illinois News
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PIT BULL ATTACK: More on the whole thing ... what happened, who is the victim, how old/big are the dogs, any idea why? Have there been any complaints about these dogs? Bolinski, SJR / evening / Illinois and Illinois news
-- dog attacks: how many are there annually around here? (no local breakdown of attacks by individual breeds.) Bolinski
-- definition: there are several related breeds that often are labeled generically as pit bulls. Explainer. Bolinski possibly small pix to illustrate which are which.
-- illinois humane or somebody can be expected to defend the breed. Bolinski.
-- home insurance some companies will raise your rates or even cancel you if you own a pit bull, and perhaps some other breeds of dog. Bill in the legislature last year would have banned that practice; unclear if it was passed. General update on insurance practices, rules. (there also apparently is a law in illinois that bans ex-cons from owning dogs over a certain size. Checking.) bureau
DIANE LOPEZ HUGHES: Woman from springfield is expected to be convicted and sentenced to a (probably relatively short) prison sentence for attempting to trespass at the school of the americas in fort benning, ga. Antonacci hedshot available SJR / evening / Illinois and Illinois News
FATAL FIRE: (possible pic) A 7-year-old Princeville boy was killed in an early morning fire at his residence that broke out about 1 a.m. His autopsy is slated for later today. We don't any details yet about the fire. We'll head out to the scene for color and try to locate surviving family. We'll also try to find out what school he attended and see what school officials are planning on doing. LESLIE FARK. PJS / evening / Illinois and Illinois News
PRESIDENTIAL REACT: Will find 5-6 people who are planning to watch tonight's State of the Union and get their react after the speech. This will be a mix of "officials" and regular guys. Ray LaHood will call us after the speech, also trying to get Caterpillar's Jim Owens to call, as he will be with LaHood. (15 inches by 10 p.m.) MICHAEL MACIAG. PJS / Illinois and Illinois News
LIGHT BULBS: (w/pic/graphic) Ameren is handing out free energy-saving light bulbs to low-income residents of Peoria Heights today. How much do these bulbs really save on your monthly electric bill and is it worth it to make the change? Will look for other electric saving measures, like whether unplugging appliances when not in use saves money. They are phasing out traditional light bulbs in 2012. So if you hate the new ones, stock up. (15 inches by 5 p.m.) BRIAN FELDT PJS / Illinois and Illinois News
TEACHING LINCOLN: Galesburg High School next year will offer a new class to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The high school will offer a year-long interdisciplinary seminar which will produce a Galesburg and Abe Lincoln Web site. Junior and senior students can apply for admission to the seminar. Students will also travel to various Lincoln sites in the state as part of the college prep class. (8-10 inches by 7 p.m.) BRENDA ROTHERT PJS / Illinois and Illinois News
BAR SHOOTINGS: Two recent weekend bar shootings in Rockford have turned a public eye to violence at establishments. Bar violence seems to happen a lot here, and when it does it is often in the parking lot. Does that mean it is the business owner's job to protect patrons? Or after it moves outside, does the responsibility fall squarely on the shoulders of cops? Are there any efforts to improve security at other bars?. GURMAN/RRS / evening / Illinois and Illinois News
NATIONAL RAILROAD HALL OF FAME: 2 stories from Galesburg.
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BRITT toon coming this afternoon. Check Illinois Opinions.
JEFF VRABEL: Beware of spy satellites falling from the sky -- no, really. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/jeff_vrabel/x142937005
MIKE NADEL: Best of The Baldest Truth (featuring items on the Illini, Super Bowl, baseball and Bulls). / evening / Mike Nadel and Illinois Sports
WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport notebook column will be led with football recruiting. Also will include men's and women's basketball entries, plus other tidbits. SUPINIE. Champaign. / Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.
ILLINOIS FOOTBALL: A day after Illinois announced the indefinite suspension of Erique Robertson, it was learned the Robertson was arrested this weekend on a weapons charge. SUPINIE. Champaign. / Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.