Illinois budget 1.28.10
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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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TOYOTA: 5 tips for telling the Toyota recall and sales suspension story.
TOYOTA CONTENT: Our package of sidebars, localization tips, photos and more related to the Toyota recall and suspension.
POLL QUESTION IDEA: What did you think of President Obama’s State of the Union address?
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
HIGH-SPEED RAIL: $1B high-speed rail grant less than Illinois sought
The federal government is giving Illinois more than $1 billion to start work on a high-speed passenger train route between Chicago and St. Louis. It’s enough money to improve speeds, safety, sidings, stations, signals and crossings on existing track. It’s not as much as the state had sought, however, and not enough to ensure fast, reliable passenger service along the route. By Bruce Rushton.
This week at the statehouse:
VOTER TURNOUT: How state election officials and county clerks from GateHouse Media areas view voter turnout going into next Tuesday's primary election. Feldt.
HOUSE RACE: A short box comparing the two Republican candidates for the 100th House District in the Feb. 2 primary -- Rep. Rich Brauer and rookie challenger Bill Hinrichs. By Doug Finke.
For the weekend:
State's problems don't deter gubernatorial candidates
SPRINGFIELD – It's fair to wonder why anyone would want to be the next governor of Illinois. Unemployment is soaring and tax receipts are tanking. The state's budget deficit is hovering in the $11 billion to $13 billion range and nearly every day brings new stories of public institutions, social service providers and businesses stretched to the limit because the state is not paying its bills. Despite the daunting challenges, the race for Illinois governor has drawn the largest field of candidates the state has seen in decades. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. For use Friday, Jan. 29 and beyond.
CABELA’S PARTNER: Stockton company offers trophy hunting land worldwide
Nature lovers come in many shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Mullady Properties Inc. of Stockton understands this and excels in finding the proper fit between client and property. Perhaps this is why they have been chosen to be a part of the world-renowned Cabela’s Trophy Properties family. By Jim Kilchermann.
BRIAN MACKEY: Success of 'Avatar' bolsters 3-D
With the blockbusting success of “Avatar” — the sci-fi epic has earned more money than any other movie ever made — Hollywood’s on-again, off-again relationship with 3-D seems to be on in a big way.
GRAMMY AWARDS: Picking the winners
Movies dominate the winter entertainment awards season, but don’t forget the soundtrack of our lives. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best the recording industry offered in 2009, will be given Sunday night. Three of The State Journal-Register's biggest music buffs — A&E editor Brian Mackey, staff writer Rhys Saunders and features editor Brien Murphy — listened to the nominees in some of the bigger categories and share how they would cast their ballots.
BRITT: Toon: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x402458068/Britt-cartoon-Alexi-Giannoulias-and-his-familys-bank-troubles
SHERMAN CARTOON: Election year pillow talk.
ILLINI: HEATING UP: After first making an impression with his hustle, Illinois junior forward Bill Cole finally warmed up with his shooting. Serves as ILL basketball follow. By John Supinie. Moving by 6 p.m.