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OBAMA IN SPRINGFIELD: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his running mate will be appearing in Springfield Saturday, with his speech expected to begin at about 2 p.m. The State Journal-Register will be providing extensive coverage, including photos and video. Stories will be posted to GateHouse News Service as they become available.
Where Obama goes from here, metaphorically more than physically, and what does it mean that he has twice selected Springfield as a jumping-off point? Speech snippets from both Obama and the veep candidate, atmosphere, analysis. By Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register.
REAX: from those attending, chunky style with headshots. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau.
GOP RESPONSE: Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) gives the GOP response to Obama’s speech. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register.
COLUMN: Rockford Register Star Political Editor Chuck Sweeny will be writing a column from the event.
BLOG: Excerpts from the State Journal-Register’s live blog of the event will be posted to GHNS.
PHOTOS: Photos of the event, including possible time-lapse photos. (depending on access)
VIDEO: Video of the event and of the speech itself. (depending on access)
--Post-speech video analysis by Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register.
OBAMA VISIT: Mainbar: Preparations for the big event. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.
CAMPERS: Who are the first people in line, why are they there, and what’s the atmosphere like? By John Reynolds of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.
OLD STATE CAPITOL: An assistant city attorney may have convinced Obama to announce his run for president at the Old State Capitol instead of at the Presidential Museum, which was the original plan. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register. TENTATIVE.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
From the Statehouse:
MINE HEARING: The ongoing hearing on whether the Department of Natural Resources erred when it granted a permit for a strip mine operation in Fulton County resumes today, possibly with the supporters of the plan presenting their side of the issue. So far, testimony has come only from the opponents. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau.
COLLEGE EMERGENCIES: Illinois colleges and universities will have to develop plans for responding to emergencies under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, in response to the February shootings at Northern Illinois University. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau.
For the weekend:
Statehouse Insider. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. For use Sunday.
State Capitol Notebook. By the State Capitol bureau. For use Monday.
SENATE PRESIDENT: Emil Jones doesn't get all the fuss over his impending retirement. He's leaving the state Senate after a 35-year career and is ready to spend more time with his family - like many other politicians before him. "Why make a big issue because I retired?" Jones asked reporters Tuesday, a day after announcing he is leaving when his term expires in January.But Jones' departure creates a large, rare void at the state Capitol, with a wide-reaching effect on the Legislature's future. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. For use Monday.
-- with bio boxes with hedshots of the 11 potential candidates for the job.
SOLDIERS DEPLOY. (w/pic) About 90 soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, are set to deploy to Afghanistan around 4 p.m. Friday. The Bartonville-based soldiers will not go as their own unit, but rather to fill in where needed in the regiment's three other infantry companies, making it one of the largest deployments since World War II, with some 2,700 taking part. Once in Afghanistan, the soldiers will be part of Task Force Phoenix to train Afghan security forces. By Andy Kravetz of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.
Judge rejects alderman's apology again, reports him to disciplinary commission
SPRINGFIELD – A Sangamon County judge has decided to report Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission after the judge decided Cahnman -- in his second attempt -- failed to apologize for lying last week during a court hearing. By Sarah Antonacci of the State Journal-Register.
CHARITY TRAVEL: An 11-year-old Pekin girl and her father have created a Web site that books vacations similar to Expedia, but then donates 50 percent of the commission to charities of the customer's choice. Nothing like it has been done before and it's caught the attention of Hollywood. The three major networks will broadcast a fund raiser Sept. 5 when big celebs will answer phones and take donations to fight cancer. The father/daughter team have been invited and are donating to the cause. The idea came after the girl's grandparents and uncle died. By Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star. HELD.
Jobless rate in seven communities hits 18-year high
SPRINGFIELD – Two signs of the economic times rolled out Thursday. Seven Illinois communities, including Springfield, had the highest unemployment in 18 years for July, and a group of national, state and local Realtors touted a new federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers as a badly needed jolt for the housing market. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
Caregivers see their work as a labor of love
If you’re female, you’ll probably be a caregiver at some time in your life. Certainly for your children, if you have them. Probably for your parents. Possibly for your spouse. And maybe for your grandchildren. By Gail Baruch of Rockford Woman. Will be posted this afternoon.
BRITT: Local toon. Britt will possibly have a toon on Obama’s visit to Springfield Saturday.
WOOD ON WORDS: Roots of "start" have abrupt beginnings. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x1311849810
Dave Bakke: Nice to see spotlight on Springfield for something positive
Here we go again. When Barack Obama returns to Springfield on Saturday, so will the national spotlight. Springfield has been out of said national spotlight for, oh, two weeks now, so it is time. Having Paul McCartney stop at the Circle K gas station is a tough act to follow, but this will be bigger. Sorry, Paul.
Phil Luciano: One more cruise for Salty Sam
It's time for one more performance by Captain Jinks and Salty Sam. After all, you demanded an encore.
Brian DeNeal: Rabid bats ruin the day?
As if we didn’t have enough things to worry about, now the government is up to another round of doomsday press releases. Before Independence Day the office fax machine churned out releases on picnic food poisonings, children being sucked into swimming pool drains, fatal car accidents, firecracker maimings and urged us to keep our pants tucked into our socks to prevent deadly West Nile Virus.
Editorial: China failing to break its bad habits
When Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics seven years ago, reaction broke along two lines. One said placing China in the world spotlight was a way to entice China toward greater democracy, that the prospect of world scrutiny would persuade China away from its authoritarian tendencies. The other saw a Beijing Olympics as a repeat of the 1936 Berlin Olympics: a grand spectacle to mask a brutal government that had no intention of changing its ways. For all the glory and pageantry of the Beijing games, this week saw an incident that provided evidence to support the latter theory.
Editorial: A question of judgment
Normally we don't give much credence to allegations hurled by candidates at their opponents during a political campaign. That said, the accusations from Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons that challenger Darin LaHood acted improperly and perhaps unethically by injecting himself into an ongoing rape investigation and pending trial do give us pause. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
White bass bite strong on Illinois
PEORIA -- If you enjoy white bass, this is a good time to get on the Illinois River. By Jeff Lampe of the Peoria Journal Star.
MATT TROWBRIDGE: Sunday Quick Shots column on Bears QBs, White Sox and Twins, Sabathia vs. Harden and more.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: The following stories have been posted.
ILLINOIS PREVIEW: CHAMPAIGN -- It was a first for Illinois quarterback Juice Williams.
Standing there on the turf at the Horseshoe at Ohio State in November, Williams wanted to tell coach Ron Zook that he could get that inch needed on fourth down at the Illini 33-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, but Williams had never challenged a coach's decision. Even if it was a program still trying to claw out of a hole from five years of losing, there was plenty to lose. By John Supinie.
LAURINAITIS: CHICAGO -- Senior linebacker James Laurinaitis didn't return to Ohio State solely to win the national championship, although the title is on his mind. The Buckeyes, the three-time defending Big Ten Conference champs who enter the season ranked No. 2 nationally, returned 18 starters from last season's team that lost to LSU in the BCS national championship game. Then add freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the dual-threat phenom who already impressed the usually conservative coach Jim Tressel to say he would "absolutely'' put Pryor on the field, going so far as to say Pryor has "extraordinary ability.'' But for Laurinaitis, there's more than just taking another shot after losing in the last two national title games. By John Supinie.
BIG TEN CAPSULES: A look at the Big Ten teams. By John Supinie.