Regional budget for 9/5/07

Jonie Larson, Regional Editor

GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (9/5/07)

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com

*Please check this Web site in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.

Contacts:

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

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

A DIFFERENT TWIST ON YOUR U OF I COVERAGE: As the football season gets under way, GateHouse wants you to be aware of the U of I coverage provided by John Supinie and top photographers from within the company. Game coverage, notebooks and special features – look for them all through the week and posted after each game. Check out today’s offering on a season without Chief Illiniwek.

News

HARLEM TEACHER AWARD: (Good one to localize) Harlem Middle School art teacher Ruth Meissen is one of eight finalists for the State Teacher of the year. She’s so passionate about her job that she almost convince me to be a teacher, but her favorite project is the partnership she created with a New Orleans school devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Harlem Middle has been sending supplies to Hynes School down south. BRIDGET THARP/ROCKFORD/ 300-450 words

BREAKOUT: Eight finalists (hoping for this)

Categories: Illinois News and education

STEARMAN FLY-IN: (w/factbox) Stearman biplanes are descending on Galesburg for the annual Stearman Fly-In. We’ll advance with a feature. (12-14 inches by 7 p.m.) BRENDA ROTHERT/PEORIA/Illinois News

FRONTIER LODGE: A planned water park and lodge in LaSalle is still in the works, but much delayed after the original developer, a Chillicothe man, pulled out. Plans now call for some of the lodge to be open in 2008. We talk to officials and those overseeing the project about the delay and ask if it’s ever going to be completed. (10-12 inches by 8 p.m.) ANN WEEKS/PEORIA/Illinois News

Sports

NEW TRADITIONS: When Illinois plays a home football game Saturday, the Illini go without Chief Illiniwek for the first time in decades. The school and athletic department are in search of new traditions. Stand alone feature or lead to notebook, depending on Zook press conference later today. SUPINIE/Categories: Illinois Sports and Big Ten

NADEL -  After two scheduled road starts, will Carlos Zambrano be booed or cheered when he next pitches at Wrigley Field on Sept. 17? This and more excerpts from The Baldest Truth blog. MIKE NADEL/Categories: Illinois Sports and MIKE NADEL

DAILY SOUTHTOWN:

ARVIA COLUMN: Rodney Harrison disappoints folks from Markham to New England, including me.

SOX NOTEBOOK ˜ WHALEN

CUBS ˜ Hosting Los Angeles, 7:05 p.m. ˜ MAIN/NOTEBOOK ˜ VORVA

BMW ˜ Out of Tuesday‚s action. CRONIN (with chart)

BEARS: Reed Schreck, ROCKFORD

Opinions

EDITORIAL: POOR STATE OF BRIDGES - The Associated Press did an extensive review of the safety ratings of Illinois' bridges, and we published the findings over the Labor Day Weekend. Here's the good news: Among the state's very worst bridges - those scoring 50 or less on an inspection scale that tops out at 100 - more than half carry just a trickle of traffic each day. Of course, if you happened to be in a car or on a school bus when such a bridge collapses, such "good news" is little solace. SPRINGFIELD/posted/Opinions and Illinois Opinions.