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GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (8/10/07)
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STATION UP FOR RENOVATION: Even with portable fans noisily gushing air, the historic Great Hall of Union Station was hot and muggy on Wednesday afternoon. But at least there was space, lots of space, to sprawl onto one of its long varnished benches – unlike the boarding lounge for Amtrak passengers, which is closer to the trains. Few seats were available there. That is expected to change ...RAMSEY/CHICAGO BUREAU/posted/Illinois
CAPITOL ANALYSIS: SAFE GROUND: Frustrated with the train wreck that is the spring 2007 legislative session, Sen. Dan Cronin, R-Elmhurst, and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn both called for an amendment to the state constitution allowing voters to recall state officials, including the governor. Gov. Rod Blagojevich endorsed the idea. But history shows Blagojevich is probably on safe ground endorsing an idea that theoretically could cost him his job. The odds that a proposed amendment to the state constitution will even make it to the ballot, let alone be approved by voters, are slim at best. FINKE/SPRINGFIELD/this evening/Illinois
CLEAN RIVER. The U.S. EPA wants the city of Peoria to clean up its water — a process which has cost hundreds of millions elsewhere. For $2.4 million, a company named MACTEC is heading up the process over the next year and a half, including the second meeting of the Clean River Committee Monday. Some background on why Peorians should care. BIBO/PEORIA /Illinois News
MOVIE SET. (w/pix) (w/locator) A western-style movie set will remain standing in a floodplain near Hopedale, now that the Tazewell County Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a special use permit. The movie set could soon host director Steven Spielberg and actor Liam Neeson for a film about Abraham Lincoln. SAMPIER/PEORIA /Illinois News
5 THINGS TO KNOW out of Chicago: Including an attempt to get into Guinness Book of World Records. RAMSEY/Illinois News
BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS: Whatever happens today, including the legislature possibly sending a budget plan to the governor. FINKE AND STAFF/BUREAU/this evening/Illinois
UNION HEARING: A Christian County judge conducts a 1:30 p.m. hearing in the lawsuit filed by the biggest union representing state workers. The union wants the judge to order Comptroller Dan Hynes to pay workers even though there is still no state budget. COLINDRES/BUREAU/this evening/Illinois
-- Other stuff as warranted. STAFF
LAHOOD REPLACEMENT: sue myerscough meeting with national democratic folks today. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/this evening/Illinois
CENTRAL FORD CLOSING: A South Beloit Ford dealership closed this week as part of the struggling automaker’s move to cut down the number of dealerships in the U.S. ALEX GARY/ROCKFORD/this evening/Illinois News
TURBINE SHORTAGE: CLINTON - Sometime in the next couple of weeks, sections of 280-foot towers for wind turbines will begin to roll out of a manufacturing plant north of Clinton that for more than a decade produced railroad cars.
Already, 100 people have gone to work and another 50 jobs are expected as the plant 45 miles northeast of Springfield gears up. It also is the latest sign of an emerging manufacturing business in a wind-generation industry that is on track to add a record 3,000 megawatts of capacity this year. A megawatt of wind power is enough to supply 250 to 300 homes. LANDIS/SPRINGFIELD/this evening/Illinois News
CAPITOL NOTEBOOK – A look at the week in Springfield. BUREAU
STATEHOUSE INSIDER – Column by DOUG FINKE.
MENDENHALL’S OPPORTUNITY: Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall spent much of the past two seasons waiting for his chance to take over the lead role in the running game. He finally gets his chance as a junior. SUPINIE/Illinois Sports
CARDINAL NOTEBOOK: New pitcher Joel Pineiro tries to regain the form that made him a winner in Seattle. HAL PILGER/SPRINGFIELD/posted/Illinois Sports
CUBS NOTEBOOK – From game at Colorado, beginning at 8:05 p.m. VORVA
SOX NOTEBOOK – From game vs. Seattle, starting at 7:11 p.m. WHALEN
Moving on cycle this weekend
SCRIMMAGE: Coverage of Illinois preseason intrasquad scrimmage. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Story should move between 10-10:30 p.m. SUPINIE/Illinois Sports
LADEWSKI COLUMN - Bossard family should be in Hall of Fame.
WOOD FEATURE — Deep inside Kerry Wood. VORVA
CUBS NOTEBOOK – From game at Colorado beginning at 7:05 p.m. VORVA
SOX NOTEBOOK - From game hosting Seattle, starting at 6:05 p.m. WHALEN
CUBS NOTEBOOK – From game at Colorado, starting at 2:05 p.m. VORVA
SOX NOTEBOOK – From game hosting Seattle, starting 1:05 p.m. WHALEN
SOCCER - U.S. Women vs. New Zealand. FIRCHAU