Regional budget for 9/06/07

Jonie Larson, Regional Editor

GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (9/6/07)

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

News

GUN LAWS: Two bills responding to the April massacre of 32 students at Virginia Tech have become law. Both are aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people who have been found mentally ill. One also would extend the duration of FOID cards from five to 10 years, at double the cost. HEUPEL/CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois

SMOG HEARING: A variety of Illinois environmental advocates urged federal regulators to toughen "ozone" allowances during a Chicago hearing Wednesday. The U.S. EPA is considering tightening the limits for ozone, which typically comes from man-made emissions; it contributes to harmful smog. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/Illinois

LINCOLN CONNECTION: Church in Lincoln says Abe Lincoln once tried a case in the building. SHERMAN/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois News

JUDITH MILLER: Formerly jailed  NY Times reporter to be part of discussion in November about freedom of the press. Also guy from fund for independence in journalism. BERNIE SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/Category: Illinois News and Opinion

ROGERS COLUMN: Summer's end movie wrap - the winners, the stinkers and the betweeners. NICK ROGERS/SPRINGFIELD/ENTERTAINMENT

WATER RATE INCREASE: Illinois American Water Co.’s recent announcement of a possible 20 percent water rate increase for Peoria and 26.7 percent increase for Pekin could be challenged by the two cities. Pekin administrators said opposition to the proposed increase can be brought by affected cities and Pekin might do so. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says it’s too early to tell if Peoria will fight. Both talk about the economic impact an increase would have on the two cities’ poorer residents. The water co. gives info on relief programs available and more justification for the increases.KEVIN SAMPIER/PEORIA/Illinois

LST LEAVES: (w/pic) The WWII Landing Ship Tank 325 finally left Peoria today and is headed to Alton. Will get final numbers on visitors and talk to city officials about the extended stay.  MICHELLE ANSTETT/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. (11 inches by 5 p.m.) ANN WEEKS/PEORIA/Illinois News

Sports

THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE? Regardless of all the questions the Bears have yet to answer - yes, even those not concerning a certain QB named Rex - it's impossible to envision them not winning a third straight division title. MIKE NADEL/Illinois Sports and Mike Nadel

WESTERN ILLINOIS: Matt Barr, of Belvidere, will be the first freshman to start at quarterback for Western Illinois since 1990 when WIU plays at Illinois Saturday. The option quarterback put up good numbers on the field in his first game and the classroom in his first year in college. SUPINIE/Illinois Sports

DAILY SOUTHTOWN:

LADEWSKI COLUMN: Bears season hinges on Grossman, but will he be the next Brett Favre or the next Randy Wright.

CUBS NOTEBOOK — Hosting Los Angeles, game starts at 7:05 p.m. VORVA

SOX — At Detroit, 6:05 p.m. —NOTEBOOK — WHALEN

BMW — Pro-am/general advance. CRONIN

— BMW NOTEBOOK — CRONIN

— GOLF COLUMN — CRONIN

— W/TEES/SKED

ART: pics

Opinions

CHRIS BRITT – Governor burns his own bridges. BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions