Illinois Budget 11.21.08
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Hy-Vee celebrates employee’s 100th birthday
GALESBURG – Alice Lawson says when she tells friends her father is 100, most ask which nursing home he is in. Most are surprised that Ernie Higgins of Knoxville not only is not in a nursing home, he still works about 16 hours a week. By John R. Pulliam of the Galesburg Register-Mail.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
Statehouse Insider: By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED. For use Sunday.
BUDGET MESS-Q&A: Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued the budget game with state lawmakers this week, again chopping millions of dollars in spending and leaving rapidly approaching layoffs and park and historic site closings in limbo. Here's a closer look at the latest back-and-forth, what fallout it could cause and what's up next with the budget. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. With a sidebar looking at interest groups' reaction to the governor's action and a breakout of lawmakers' take on the budget situation. POSTED.
Brokaw pays tribute to Downing, veterans
PEORIA – Wayne Allen Downing. Translated, that name means duty, honor, country, one of the most recognizable and renowned TV newsman of this era said Thursday. Downing, a Peoria native and a retired four-star general who died unexpectedly last summer, "gave so much of his life and public service to this country and yet never forgot the place from which he came," former NBC "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw said while sharing memories of Downing. Brokaw, temporary moderator of the Sunday political talk show "Meet the Press," talked about Downing, who also was his friend, at Goodwill Industries' Veterans Recognition Dinner in the Civic Center ballroom. By Karen McDonald of the Peoria Journal Star.
Deer me, it’s that time of year for hunters
The car heading north on U.S. 67 toward Macomb last Saturday stopped dead in the middle of the road. The driver’s head craned in the direction of a harvested cornfield to his left. Standing tall, less than 100 yards off the highway, in the company of three does, was a nice buck. His antlers — at least a dozen points — stretched skyward. The cornfield buck could focus on his courting rituals then. But that changed Friday, when about 200,000 hunters clad in bright orange hats and vests swarmed into Illinois woods and fields for the first weekend of firearm deer-hunting season. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.
Former Weather Underground leader Ayers speaks at Monmouth College
MONMOUTH --Former Weather Underground leader William Ayers — who was called an "unrepentant terrorist" in several campaign ads prior to the presidential election — spoke for the third time in four years at Monmouth College Thursday. By Matt Hutton of the Monmouth Review Atlas.
Felony weapons charges against Peterson dismissed
JOLIET – A Will County judge dismissed two felony gun charges against Drew Peterson on Thursday after a prosecutor refused to comply with an order to turn state records over to the defense. By Danya Hooker of Suburban Life Publications.
Museum displays one-of-a-kind JFK artifacts
ROSCOE – Wayne Lensing is a man with a passion for cars, history and auctions. In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Lensing, owner of Historic Auto Attractions, will debut newly procured artifacts that will be added Saturday to the museum’s permanent collection. By Betsy Lopez Fritscher of the Rockford Register Star.
Etiquette experts give tips on surviving lines
ROCKFORD – When it comes to waiting in line, the best ground rules are those taught in kindergarten: no cuts, no loud talking and no shoving. Even the most devoted cybershopper or mail-order catalog enthusiast is going to encounter at least one long, seemingly unmoving line this holiday season. Although few find them fun, there are ways to make the experience more bearable for yourself and for your line neighbors. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.
Cancer survivor shares cautionary tale with students
ROCKFORD – Students in Lynette Wilson’s fifth-grade class were captivated by the storyteller who recounted how doctors stuck 6-inch needles in his neck and throat — part of the treatment for cancer that he developed after smoking for decades. By Cathy Bayer of the Rockford Register Star.
Study: Lung function test might help smokers quit
ROCKFORD – A simple, doctor’s office-based test can help move smokers through the process of deciding to quit. That was the preliminary finding of a report co-authored by University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford assistant professor Dr. Robert Bales and presented this week at the North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting in advance of Thursday’s 33rd annual observance of the Great American Smokeout. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.
BRITT: Toon on a possible bailout of the Big Three.
Wood on Words: Sit down to a meal of Turkey Day terms
Many people will be sitting down this week to a feast of turkey with all the trimmings. The traditional Thanksgiving meal also offers a varied menu for the word person.
Elizabeth Davies: Will GPS show me the way?
I’m really a map kind of girl. You have to be, in my line of work. Editors don’t take kindly to journalists who can’t dig up even basic information, such as how to get from Point A to Point B. Surely, they reason, a reporter is not going to uncover the next Watergate if she can’t even find the nearest Walgreens. Alas, I think the paper street map is fighting a losing battle. It is, after all, being replaced by the increasingly popular GPS.
Jerry Moore: Taxpayers getting taken during economic catastrophe
In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, is it possible we are being fleeced by our own government out of nearly $1 trillion?
Dave Bakke: Small-town auto dealer has the answer for Big Three
Waverly is a long way from Detroit and the Big Three automakers. And T&S Auto Sales in Waverly is a long way from needing a bailout from the government. “It’s not the best year we’ve ever had,” says Tom Thompson (the “T” in T&S), “but it’s close.” How can this be? Sales of cars are supposed to be tanking. Dealerships are stuck with big inventories. It’s gloom. It’s doom.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Sunday’s Bears-Rams game.
Kirk Wessler: Golfer sets example all should follow
Thanks to J.P. Hayes, this has been a good week. Hayes is a pro golfer who reported himself for inadvertently violating a rule during a tournament last week in Texas. He was disqualified. By failing to place, Hayes also lost his chance to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2009 season. A tough week for Hayes' earning potential. A good week for his character. A great week for all of us to take stock of who we are and what we ought to be.
Jeff Lampe: Hunters eager for shotgun start
When a female bank teller chatted me up about deer season it hit me. This one still has zing. Opening weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season still gets people talking, still sends boys and men to bed dreaming. While most hunting openers fly under the radar, shotgun season looms large.
Inside the Lines: Peoria Journal Star sports editor Bill Liesse takes an irreverent look at this weekend’s NFL games. POSTED.
Sunday Quick Shots. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. POSTED.
Illini face last chance to earn bowl bid
Illinois junior quarterback Juice Williams can't shake the feeling of two years ago, when he sat home following his freshman season and watched the bowl games on TV. He doesn't want to experience that again. By John Supinie.
GAME STORY: Coverage of Illinois-Northwestern football game in Evanston.By John Supinie. Kickoff at 2:30 p.m.
Story with quotes and report card moving by 8.
Report card. Analysis of Illinois' performance.
Notebook. Reaction from Illinois locker room.
BASKETBALL: Preview of Illinois-Jackson State game Sunday. With preview capsule. By John Supinie. Moving Saturday afternoon.
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ILLINI BASKETBALL: Game coverage with report card of Illinois-Jackson State game. Tipoff 4:30. Copy moving by 8. By John Supinie.
ILLINI FOOTBALL: Follow up on Illinois-Northwestern football game. By John Supinie.
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing an opponent feature and game preview for Sunday’s Bears-Rams game in St. Louis. POSTED.
BEARS-RAMS: Trowbridge will be covering Sunday’s Bears-Rams game.