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Pro Football Weekly launches new-look Web site.
Front page gallery for June 23.
Paul Arco: Part 2: Chemo becomes ‘a second full-time job’
As I sat waiting for my first appointment with oncologist Dr. Kent Hoskins, I couldn’t help but stare at the other patients in the room. “I don’t belong here,” I thought. The second in a four-part series on Paul Arco's memories of testicular cancer.
Part 1: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1662362606
State Briefs. News from around the state.
STATE BUDGET: Lawmakers arrive back in town for a special session on the state budget, but it's far from clear whether they'll be able to come up with a better solution in lieu of letting the problem continue to build. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.
STATE CAPITOL Q&A: A look at the large rally at the Capitol of social service providers protesting possible deep budget cuts. By Andrew Thomason of the State Capitol Bureau.
WITH: PERSONAL CUTS: Dan Thompson tells us his story as a teacher at the School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville, one of the possible victims of spending cuts. Thompson, who was homeless and blind when he showed up at the school as a child, graduated and then became a teacher there but now faces losing both his livelihood and foundation. By Eric Naing of the State Capitol Bureau.
High Voltage Software takes aim at breaking ground on the Wii
ROCKFORD – Five Rockford residents and two guys from Poplar Grove will be the death of millions of aliens. They want you to join them in killing off alien invaders and have fun doing it. Eric Nofsinger, Mark Muraski, Pat Dolan, Tom Martin, and Damion Davis, all of Rockford, along with Altair Lane and David Pellas, both of Poplar Grove, helped develop High Voltage Software’s latest release for the Nintendo Wii called “The Conduit.” By Kevin Haas of the Rockford Register Star.
Company masters delivering health care at detention facilities
PEORIA – Providing proper health care for those in jail has helped one Peoria company lock up plenty of contracts all across the country. "It's a very stealthy business," said Dr. Norman Johnson from his office at Advanced Correctional Healthcare, referring to the fact health care for prisoners is not only overlooked by the taxpaying public but often not fully understood by counties that operate the jails. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
Planning not required for spectacular garden
SPRINGFIELD – Tammy Lewis is proof it doesn’t take a master gardener to cultivate a backyard sanctuary. More than 50 plant varieties grow in her yard, but Lewis said she has never had a plan for her garden. By Elle Moxley of the State Journal-Register.
Teacher shares tale of recovery from usually fatal heart attack
ROCKFORD – You just don’t do what Patrick Fox did on March 31, 2008, and live to tell about it. That’s why he did. Fox suffered a widow-maker heart attack — caused by an abrupt and complete blockage of the heart’s left main artery that usually leads to death — at 9:30 that morning. By early that afternoon, he had died and been brought back to life six times. Fox has written about the pain, anxiety and frustrations he and his family experienced in “The Widow-Maker Heart Attack at Age 48,” a book published through AuthorHouse of Bloomington, Ind. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.
Vermilion River lives up to scenic river designation
The scout in the canoe ahead wasn’t happy. It was clear the boy wanted to be anywhere but here on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River — the only designated National Scenic River in Illinois. Then the patient scoutmaster pointed out a great blue heron that flushed as the canoe rounded a bend. Suddenly the boy’s outlook changed and his eyes widened as the tall wading bird flew off. It’s inevitable that eventually even the most hardened defenses are lowered and the Middle Fork can be appreciated for its scenery and wildlife. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.
U of I extension teaches kids value of cooking
PEORIA – Now that school is out for the summer, kids no longer can enjoy the convenience of a cafeteria lunch. Working parents also might wonder how to ensure their children are eating healthy while they're away. The University of Illinois Extension has an answer: chef school. By Stephanie Gomes of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Do local Extension offices offer similar programs?
BRITT: Toon on the legislature returning to Springfield.
Chuck Sweeny: Miniature arsenal deserves big showcase
Just northwest of the Rockford city limits, there’s a vast array of artillery that would impress anyone, even the U.S. Army. But chances are, the Army has never seen these cannons, rifles, mortars, tanks and even a submarine, because they’re miniatures, and they’re inside a house.
Editorial: End the games, vote for tax increase
This week will test greater Springfield’s members of the General Assembly, four Republicans whose party opposes a temporary tax increase but whose constituents and the local economy depend on it. If a temporary increase in the income tax from 3 percent to 4.5 percent is called for a vote again this week, their votes will play a significant role in whether they deserve to be re-elected. The right vote for them and the Democratic majority is “yes.” An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
John Supinie is on vacation.