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NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Find our NASCAR 2010 Preview Section on GateHouse News Service, along with a flier and promo ad.

Joe Greco: How a 1,500-circ newspaper pulled off a nice package on juvenile diabetes


GOVERNOR'S RACE-GOP: The seven candidates running for the Republican nomination for governor in the Feb. 2 primary appear before The State Journal-Register's editorial board Wednesday in two separate sessions. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.

State Briefs. News from around the state.

This week at the statehouse:
For the weekend:
TREASURER RACE: A preview of the primary election for state treasurer. By John Guidroz of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted Thursday for use in weekend editions.
COMPTROLLER RACE: A preview of the primary election for state comptroller. By Matt Hopf of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted Thursday for use in weekend editions.

Smoke shop an ideal endeavor for cigar aficionados

SPRINGFIELD – The new partners in Cigars for Aficionados of Springfield sealed the deal over cigars, naturally. A regional insurance manager, an accountant, a marketing specialist, an Internet technology project manager and the shop’s manager comprise the new investment group in one of the city’s oldest smoke shops. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.


Woman hosts a buffet fit for The King

SPRINGFIELD – What better way to start an evening concert of Elvis impersonators than with a buffet of The King’s favorites? Meat loaf with gravy, banana-and-peanut butter sandwiches and pineapple upside-down. Those Southern delights — plus a few empty prescription bottles for ambiance -- were all on the serving table at Betty Hendrickson’s Springfield, Ill., home last Saturday. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.

Kathryn Rem: Buying food at a heavenly price

Angel Food Ministries is a nondenominational organization, based in Monroe, Ga., that provides food relief to more than a half-million families each month in 44 states, including Illinois. It’s open to everyone. You don’t need to belong to a church or fall into a set income bracket. There are no minimums, limits, applications or qualifications.

Trading Post: Veggie diet? Start here

A vegetarian diet — with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and nuts — is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients and low in fat and calories. But not everyone wants to cut out meat completely. They’re called flexitarians, or flexible vegetarians. They eat mostly plant-based foods, but occasionally complement their diet with meat, poultry and fish.

Would you buy it? StarKist Sandwich-Ready Tuna Salad

The State Journal-Register staff tests StarKist Sandwich-Ready Tuna Salad.

A game day lineup to please any guest

When planning a Super Bowl feast, forgo the usual heavy, fried fare and opt for “stealth health.” Your guests will never miss the saturated fat and calories you’ve cut from their favorite comfort foods. By Kiki Benson and Jeanie Burke of the Rockford Register Star.


BRITT: Toon on Scott Brown winning the Senate election in Massachusetts.

SHERMAN: Toon on unemployment.

Dave Bakke: Pawnee women appear flawless in Internet ads

According to the ads on the Internet, the women who live in Pawnee have exceptionally white teeth, make a ton of money from home and lose weight faster and easier than you and me. The only problem is that none of these women actually, you know, exist.

Editorial: States need to cooperate to deal with Asian carp

Asian carp are a threat to the Great Lakes, but that threat should be dealt with through cooperation, not litigation. Unfortunately, litigation is what Michigan, supported by New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio, turned to. The states asked the Supreme Court to issue an injunction to close two Chicago-area river locks that connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River system via the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Fortunately, the Supreme Court refused to issue that order Tuesday. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.


ILLINI FOLLOW: Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber acknowledges his Illini are running out of time to make a move in the Big Ten after a loss to Purdue on Tuesday. He still hopes for improvement and an NCAA berth. By John Supinie.