GHNS Illinois Budget (6/3/08)

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please check www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.

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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

See how one suburban Chicago weekly localized the Money Squeeze at http://ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1212497804

Writing coach: Read Casey Laughman’s writing coach blog at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?aid=16.

NATIONAL:

Another in our Money Squeeze series.

FRUGAL IS COOL: Coupons are back in vogue, thanks to rising food and gas prices, and young bloggers dedicated to turning thrift into a game and removing its old-lady stigma. By Lauren FitzPatrick/GHNS. WITH: art, breakouts

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x65834231/Money-squeeze-When-times-are-tough-frugal-is-cool

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

GM CLOSINGS: JANESVILLE, Wis. – GM announced Tuesday that it will close four auto plants, including the plant in Janesville. By Thomas V. Bona of the Rockford Register Star. With photos and video. Will be posted this evening.

WITH: Sidebar on what happens to the workers. CANCELED -- will be incorporated into the mainbar.

Sidebar on how the plant closing affects the surrounding area. Will be posted this evening.

ILLINOIS NEWS

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news

STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.

NELSON PAROLE: Simon Peter Nelson, who killed his six children while they slept 30 years ago, appears before the parole board Tuesday. By Andrea Zimmerman of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.

PELO TRIAL: Testimony continues in the rape case of former Bloomington police sergeant Jeff Pelo. By Matt Buedel of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.

OBAMA REACTION: With Barack Obama expected to wrap up the Democratic nomination Tuesday, the following stories from the State Journal-Register are planned:

-Illinois out of the campaign mix again. With Obama on the November ballot, Illinois will be conceded by the GOP. The state will likely be ignored by both parties. By Bernard Schoenburg. Will be posted this evening.

-OBAMA-KERRY: What prompted John Kerry to invite Obama to make the 2004 convention speech? By Bernard Schoenburg. HELD.

-Other nominees from Illinois: A story on other presidential nominees from Illinois. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

PIPELINE SUIT: A group of Illinois property owners have filed suit against the Illinois Commerce Commission, claiming it lacks the authority to rule in an eminent domain case in which a company wants to build a petroleum pipeline. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

Fueling the Pinch: Small businesses have to raise prices to make ends meet

PEORIA – As gas prices continue to climb, small businesses are left with no choice but to raise delivery charges and prices. By Anita Szoke of the Peoria Journal Star.

WITH: Sidebars on how gas prices are affecting RVers and boaters, how gas prices are affecting charter companies.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1427984034/Fueling-the-Pinch-Small-businesses-have-to-raise-prices-to-make-ends-meet

Fairgrounds fixture banned by ag officials

SPRINGFIELD – Bill Mitchell has been a fixture at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for nearly a quarter-century, selling feed and bedding to livestock owners who came to see him as a friend as much as a businessman. No more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1427984016/Fairgrounds-fixture-banned-by-ag-officials

Governor: State budget is unconstitutional

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday the state’s new $59 billion spending plan, which lawmakers adopted over the weekend, is more than $2 billion out of balance and therefore unconstitutional. By Aaron Chambers of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x396299997/Governor-State-budget-is-unconstitutional

Budget balanced? Maybe not, but it's manageable, Democrat says

SPRINGFIELD – Balance is in the eye of the beholder, says the Illinois House Democrats’ lead budget negotiator. By Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1391582990/Budget-balanced-Maybe-not-but-its-manageable-Democrat-says

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_business

AVENTINE PLANT: Last year, Aventine Renewable Energy said building a new plant was put on hold until demand for ethanol caught up with supply. At the time, it said ethanol's low cost compared to gasoline would spur demand. Now that gas is more than $4 a gallon, have plans for the plant moved up? By Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x61384629/Ethanol-manufacturers-say-biofuel-is-helping-keep-gas-costs-down

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions

BRITT:  Hillary’s still hanging on. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x405922083/Britt-Toon-on-Obama-finally-knocking-off-Clinton

Phil Luciano: Check every check

Usually, I'm no sucker. At least, I like to think that's the case. No one wants to think of himself as an easy mark.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x405921760/Phil-Luciano-Check-every-check

Chuck Sweeny: State budget is unconstitutional, says GOP's Cross

So, what do you do now? That’s what I asked Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross, who came to Forest Hills Country Club Monday to speak at a fundraiser luncheon for Rep. Dave Winters, R-Shirland

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1208367801/Chuck-Sweeny-State-budget-is-unconstitutional-says-GOPs-Cross

Editorial: Eye on delegates a winning strategy

Squabbling over a handful of Michigan delegates won’t endear the public to Hillary Clinton, but that’s what happened (squabbling, that is) Saturday as Clinton supporters and senior campaign adviser Harold Ickes argued that the DNC stole delegates from Clinton and gave them to Barack Obama. An editorial from the Galesburg Register-Mail.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x446403899/Editorial-Eye-on-delegates-a-winning-strategy

Editorial: That’s no budget; it’s a poorly played political game

We want a divorce. From the governor. From the General Assembly. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1427983987/Editorial-That-s-no-budget-it-s-a-poorly-played-political-game

Editorial: Let’s see details of Illinois Works

Far be it for us to attempt reading the mind of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. That said, we can’t help but rise to the challenge regarding a quote from the speaker as the spring legislative session ground to its end Saturday. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1518488288/Editorial-Let-s-see-details-of-Illinois-Works

Editorial: Legislature punts on budget

By handing the governor a 2009 budget that is $2 billion out of balance -- on the red, or wrong side -- the Legislature has given Rod Blagojevich no choice but to veto all or parts of it. If it's the former and he calls legislators back into special session to fix what the Illinois Constitution says they must, they've brought it on themselves this time. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x43067294/Editorial-Legislature-punts-on-budget

ILLINOIS SPORTS

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports

MIKE NADEL: CHICAGO – Nadel will be writing from Tuesday’s White Sox game.