Regional Budget 8/25/07
GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (8/25/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, email@example.com
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, firstname.lastname@example.org
SEX OFFENDER FACT:
In one state, all sex offenders register for life, whether they raped a child or had sex with a teen while a teenager themselves.
Find this and more in the sex offender national project. Look for graphics and web-only features, such as video and an interactive map, on the news service now under special reports.
Running Aug. 25-26.
NO POWER: The severe storm that blasted Galesburg on Thursday afternoon, killed a man in rural Victoria, injured several others in the area and left thousands without power. More than 9,800 households in Galesburg and more than 2,000 households in Monmouth still without power without power at 9:30 this morning. GALESBURG/posted/Illinois and Illinois News
WEATHER - WILD RIDE. Two brothers from Creve Coeur were at Snake Den Hollow in the Knox County town of Victoria fishing on the big lake when the storm whipped in. They rode it out in their 15-foot plastic canoe, hiding behind an island in the middle of the big lake. It was the scariest thing these two veteran outdoorsmen had experienced. COON/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois
More storm related as they develop. Watch Web site./Illinois News
ABUSE OF POWER?: So far this year, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has called 16 special sessions of the legislature. That number is exceeded only by the 17 he called during a similar state budget dispute in 2004.
BREAKOUT: list of special sessions
Posted/Illinois and Illinois News
BUDGET FOLLOWUP: Despite his advocacy for expanding health care to Illinoisans, Gov. Blagojevich's veto of parts of the state budget yesterday made at least $100 million in cuts to health and human services programs. HEUPEL/CAPITOL BUREAU/this evening/Illinois
CHURCH REBUILDS. Completion is near in the rebuilding of South Pekin Community Fellowship General Baptist Church, which collapsed last month and nearly killed four construction workers. The story in July generated lots of donations and volunteer help, including a group from a St. Louis area church that will be on site today to lend a helping hand. HILYARD/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois News
CHANGED PLEA. Ian McDonald, the disgraced Illini Bluffs teacher who pleaded yesterday apparently pled to the wrong charge. Criminal sexual assault is non probationable and both sides intended for him to plead to a lesser aggravated criminal sexual abuse, thereby allowing probation. In the bustle, they forgot to file the new charge. We'll explain. (brief) KRAVETZ/PEORIA/Illinois News
NO FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FROM CHICAGO – staff writer on vacation.
NICTI NICTI/State budget should mean Amtrak study goes forward. The Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiative is waiting for $275,000 in state matching funds so it can spend $1 million in federal money to keep its study going. Planners hope to select a route for the commuter service by October, choosing between two Metra-style rail options and two "rapid bus" options. THOMAS Bona/ROCKFORD Register Star, 360-420 words, 6 p.m./Illinois News
BEARS: Preview for Saturday's exhibition game. REED SCHRECK/ROCKFORD Register Star, noon/Illinois Sports and Bears/ BREAKOUTS: Update on next game
DAILY SOUTHTOWN: SOX NOTEBOOK - WHALEN
EDITORIAL: Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is still a felon, according to two-thirds of a federal appeals court panel that upheld his conviction Tuesday, but he'll remain a free one for at least a little while longer. PEORIA/posted/Illinois Opinion
BRITT CARTOON – Toon on unions of government agencies opposing document access. Specific to Springfield but suitable for other similar disputes./SPRINGFIELD/posted/Illinois Opinions
CAPITOL NOTEBOOK – A look at the week in five quick hits. CAPITOL BUREAUS/moving this evening/Illinois Opinion
NO STATEHOUSE INSIDER – Doug Finke on vacation.
Embargoed until Sunday
UNDER CONTRUCTION: Excitement surrounding the Illinois football program is as high as its been in five years, with the downtrodden Illini rebuilding their fan base with close losses last season and another decorated recruiting class. But Illinois is still under construction, just like Memorial Stadium. Illinois has problems to fix when the season opens Sept. 1. Illinois football preview. SUPINIE/moving late Friday for Sunday publication/Illinois Sports
ARVIA COLUMN: BEARS
NATIONAL/BIG 10 OVERVIEWS. CRONIN
MIKE NADEL: Bears vs. 49ers, exhibition. Column/to be posted about 10:30 p.m./Categories: Illinois Sports, Bears and Mike Nadel.
ARVIA COLUMN: BEARS RELATED (HOLD TO FRONT) (REFER TO MORE INSIDE)
NIU: NICHOLSON FEAT - CRONIN
SOX NOTEBOOK - LADEWSKI