NEWS

Regional Budget 8/7/07

Jonie Larson, Regional Editor

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

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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, jlarson@gatehousemedia.com

National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

News

BLAGO-RECALL. CHICAGO  – Amid a continuing budget showdown with most legislative leaders, Gov. Rod Blagojevich disagrees that Wednesday is a do-or-die deadline to pass a spending plan (as state comptroller Dan Hynes suggests). Meanwhile, the governor said Monday he would support a proposal to allow Illinois voters to recall elected officials or limit the terms of lawmakers; a critic has suggested a California-style recall measure. Ramsey, 500 words./Chicago Bureau/Illinois.

BARGE TOUR. (w/pic, w/video?) Farm organizations are planning a barge tour of the river tonight. Speakers on board will talk about the mechanics of river transportation, how local businesses utilize the river and environmental restoration. This is especially timely as the $21 billion WRDA (Water Resources Development Act), which authorizes the two new locks on the Illinois River, was not passed by the Senate before it adjourned. They will take it up in September, but the White House is threatening to veto.  Will go for the ride. (15 inches by 10 p.m.) BIBO. PEORIA/this evening/Illiinois News.

BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS: Nothing resolved as of this writing. Further developments possible later today or tonight. FINKE and staff./this evening/Illinois.

WIND FARMS: Lawmakers appear to finally have settled on a way to tax wind farms for property tax purposes. COLINDRES/this evening/Illinois.

Sports

MIKE NADEL: Best of the Baldest Truth - CHICAGO - Alfonso Soriano is hurting and so are the Cardinals and Brewers. August's dog days are taking a bite out of NL Central teams. This and more in this week's Best of The Baldest Truth./moving this evening/Illinois Sports and Columns.

LADEWSKI COLUMN: It‚s time for Bud Selig to attach an asterisk to the home run record until further notice.

CUBS AT HOUSTON, 7:05 P.M. ˜ MAIN ˜ VORVA

CUBS NOTEBOOK ˜ VORVA

ND FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY ˜ CRONIN (does anyone want this?)

Opinions

EDITORIAL – Amid a budget stalemate, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is pressing lawmakers to pass Illinois Covered, a massive health care expansion. He won’t take no for an answer. PEORIA/posted/Illinois Opinion.

EDITORIAL – The picture is heartbreaking. Three little kids, maybe four to six years old. While they look like typical young children, the scene surrounding them is far from typical.SPRINGFIELD/posted/Illinois Opinion.