GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (12/14/07)
GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (12/14/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, email@example.com
HOLIDAY TIPPING (3 p.m.): The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Ages ago, American families may have only relied on a few traditional service workers like these, which we recount today in nursery rhymes. Times have changed. Now, families, working professionals and the elderly need much more. There’s the housekeeper that comes weekly to tidy up your house. There’s also the physical trainer, masseuse, baby sitter, personal shopper or maybe even the life coach. ROCKFORD/Illinois
KELLY INDICTED: A fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich was indicted today on federal tax fraud charges. Christopher Kelly allegedly cheated the federal government on personal and business taxes from 2000 to 2005, according to a 12-count indictment. RAMSEY/Illinois
RAPE TRIAL (ASAP): Jurors could return a verdict today in the sexual assault trial of Ryan Gaertner. They started deliberating at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and didn't go home until 11:30 p.m. ROCKFORD/Illinois
RUNNER (ASAP): A prominent long-distance runner from Roscoe-Rockton, Jeff Jacobs, was hit by a car in Japan, suffering severe leg injuries and possible amputation of his foot. Based on preliminary reports/e-mails; still waiting for more details and confirmation. ROCKFORD/Illinois News
STATE BRIEFS – A collection of briefs from GateHouse newspapers across the state. Posted by 6 p.m./Illinois and Illinois News.
STILL NO BIMP: The General Assembly-approved "budget implementation bill," which includes more general state aid money for schools, reached Gov. Rod Blagojevich's desk more than a month ago and he has yet to sign or reject it. The State Board of Education, which to date has been sending schools money based on the amounts they got last year, is starting to work with "a handful" of school districts to reduce their state-aid payments because a large increase in property values and/or a large drip in attendance mean they will, sooner or later, be getting less money from the state this year anyway. State Board of Education wants to avoid the possibility of overpaying such districts, which would have to repay any excess. COLINDRES/CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois News
FAIR VENDOR: A new vendor has been chosen to provide animal feed and bedding material at the Illinois State Fair. This development comes after the previous longtime vendor opted against bidding for the job because he had concerns about revealing proprietary information to the state. (story was listed as probable yesterday but should be ready today) HEUPEL/CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois News
MCCONOUGHEY ON ECONOMY: Jim McConoughey, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 18th Congressional District, is discussing his
Economic Stimulus plan which he will work to enact if he is elected to fill the seat that Congressman Ray LaHood is vacating. MCDONALD/PEORIA/Illinois News
FORT LAUDERDALE: Direct air passenger service from Peoria to Fort Lauderdale begins today. This is the last of new destinations the
airport announced this year, now totaling 11 destinations as compared to five this time last year. Will be at airport later this afternoon to see
who is flying in and out. HANEY/PEORIA/Illinois News
BLUE ANGELS: Officials confirmed that the Navy Blue Angels will be the headliner for the 2008 Prairie Air Show at the Greater Peoria Regional
Airport. HANEY/PEORIA/Illinois News.
ETHANOL: Probable follow. The president of the company overseeing the restructuring is expected to talk to us. Also, hoping to hear from the
CRACK CONVICTS: About 250 inmates sentenced to fed prison for crack possession in central illinois will have their sentences reassessed as result of U.S. Supreme court ruling Monday. RUSHTON/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois
WILLARD ICE BUILDING: appropriately named state office building apparently suffered water damage from this week's weather. Has been a constant problem at this place. FINKE (checking)
MCCONOUGHEY: Republican candidate in 18th district talks about his economic stimulus plan, 11:30 a.m., cafe moxo, 411 e. adams. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois
RAY LAHOOD: Won't endorse in 18th district primary, but says Schock's statements on Taiwan show 'complete immaturity'; other comments on Schock, on Morris' immigration platform, and on the race in general. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois
HAY & FEED: State Fair concession got several bidders, and apparently a new
concessionaire. HEUPEL/Capitol Bureau/Illinois
MIKE NADEL: Even baseball fans who are sick of hearing about steroids had to have some kind of morbid curiosity Thursday, when MLB released the Mitchell Report. NADEL and Illinois Sports
WRIGLEY FIELD (ASAP): Our correspondent in Springfield is trying to confirm anonymous sources who said the state is considering purchasing Wrigley Field from billionaire-owner Sam Zell of the Tribune Company. ROCKFORD/Illinois and Illinois Sports
NIU FOOTBALL (4 p.m.): The Huskies will name a new football head coach to replace Joe Novak who retired after the season ended. Press conference @ 11:30 a.m. today. ROCKFORD/Illinois News
ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: Update on the possible transfer of Kentucky guard Alex Legion
to Illinois. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.
BRITT: Toon on police and fire pensions burdening taxpayers. CHRIS BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions
PUTIN PULLS STRINGS: You can take the Soviet out of the name, but there's no taking the Soviet out of your system. So it goes in Russia, where Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev is the prohibitive favorite to become that nation's next president. PEORIA/Illinois Opinions
Coming this weekend
PUBLICATION SUNDAY AND AFTER:
FUTUREGEN: Science, the experts have always promised, will decide the location. But a little lobbying never hurts. So the decision on where to build FutureGen, a $1.5 billion coal-fired power plant that backers say will generate almost no pollution, apparently also might be influenced by: tax incentives, protection from lawsuits, low-interest loans, millions of dollars in cash and a list of 100 supporters that includes politicians, university presidents, union leaders and media executives. EMBARGOED: For publication Sunday, Dec. 9 or later. RUSHTON/SPRINGFIELD/posted.
TRAVEL STORY: CHICAGO – The modern redevelopment that is transforming Chicago ’s South Loop does not cross two historic doorways.
The Glessner House Museum and its transplanted neighbor, the Clarke House, offer modern-day visitors glimpses into early-, mid- and
late-19th-century Chicago, eras when the city was evolving from its rough pioneer origins. RAMSEY/CHICAGO