REVISED Regional Budget 8/02/07

Jonie Larson, Regional Editor

GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (8/2/07)

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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343,

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BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS: Legislative leaders are meeting without the governor regarding state budget. Other meetings still may happen later in the day. Finke and staff/Capitol Bureau/this evening/Illinois

BRADLEY PREZ: (possible) Efforting more details on the situation with the Bradley University president search. Trying to find out who the leading candidate is, as well as talking to faculty and students about what they think of the "secret" nature of this process. which we think is different than how it has been done in the past.  CLARE JELLICK/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois News

NOT RUNNING: John Sullivan won't run for Lahood's seat, taking top dem candidate out of the mix.  SCHOENBURG/Springfield/moving this evening/Illinois News

DURBIN FOE. CHICAGO – The Republican physician who hopes to run against and defeat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2008 formally announced his candidacy this morning. Fifty-four-year-old Steve Sauerberg of Willowbrook, who has a family practice in LaGrange, criticized Durbin as a “career politician” who does not reflect the values of many Illinoisans. RAMSEY/Chicago Bureau/ 450 words/Illinois News


ALLEGIENT PLANS: Allegient Air announced it is going to begin serving Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale. But it hasn’t announced what cities will be going there. Peoria stands a good chance, because all of the other routes Allegient started have included Peoria. DAVE HANEY/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois News

WORKFORCE: Heartland Community College opens the new $22.5 million environmentally friendly Workforce Development Center to the public today. The 101,000-square-foot building is the first state-funded building in Illinois created with a green design, and Heartland officials are seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the project. (10-12 inches by 7 p.m.) FITZGERALD DOUBET/PEORIA/moving this evening/llinois


KIRK WESSLER COLUMN: 75 years ago Thursday, Lambert "Pat Redd" of Bradley Tech had the best broad jump in the LA Olympics. But officials ruled the jump a scratch, and Redd settled for the silver medal, the only individual Olympic medal won by a Bradley athlete. POSSIBLE: BU archive pic. KIRK WESSLER/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois Sports and columns

BEARS: Coverage from training camp. REED SCHRECK/Rockford Register Star, 8 p.m.



CUBS ˜ Hosting Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.



BIG TEN CONFERENCE: Feature story and one other, maybe notebook. Topics TBD. SUPINIE/Champaign Bureau/ moving tonight/Illinois Sports