GHNS Illinois Budget (6/5/08)

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

The new Niche Note is available at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1212546995

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

FOR THE WEEKEND

Mr. Guenther’s Neighborhood: Since Ron Guenther came to the University of Illinois in 1983, he has been involved in bring Illinois’ facilities up to the standard set by the powerhouses of the Big Ten. Now, he faces one of his biggest challenges: What to do with Assembly Hall. By John Supinie of GateHouse News Service. With Photos.

WITH: Sidebar on baseball stadiums in the Big Ten.

--Sidebar on the dorms at the University of Illinois and how they can be a negative in recruiting.

--List of major projects since Guenther came to Illinois.

--List of facilities at Big Ten.

POSTED.  For use Sunday, June 8 and beyond.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x765553101/Mr-Guenthers-Neighborhood-Illinois-AD-faces-tough-decision-in-latest-construction-plan

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Fueling the Pinch: Truckers struggle to solve diesel dilemma

EAST PEORIA – Leo Reising, who's had his own trucking firm since 1962, said his business is no longer any fun. "Five years ago, it cost $150 to $200 to fill up a truck. Now it's $1,100 to $1,200. That usually lasts about a day-and-a-half," Reising said. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

With: sidebar on government entities looking to cut back on gas costs.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1196180574/Fueling-the-Pinch-Truckers-struggle-to-solve-diesel-dilemma

ILLINOIS NEWS

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

STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1872699550/State-Briefs-6-5-08

PELO TRIAL: Testimony continues in Jeff Pelo trial. By Matt Buedel of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.

WEATHER SPOTTERS: When severe weather threatens, a community's first line of defense isn't a blob of color on a radar screen. It's the local weather spotters – unsung and unpaid volunteers who are what one expert calls "the ground truth" about what a storm might be doing. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x120332993/First-line-of-defense-weatherspotters

IDOT MOVE: A major state employee union has filed an unfair labor practices charge against the Illinois Department of Transportation over its planned move of the Division of Traffic Safety from Springfield to southern Illinois. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x902822626/new-version

Part of former International Harvester plant to be reused for water line

CANTON – Part of the foundation of Canton's former International Harvester plant will aid the project to build a water transmission line from the Illinois River near Banner to the city water treatment plant. By Brenda Rothert of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1763541543/Part-of-former-International-Harvester-plant-to-be-reused-for-water-line

Removal of fighter jets to begin next week

SPRINGFIELD – The Defense Department plans to begin removing the 183rd Fighter Wing’s planes from its base at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on Tuesday, with a complete realignment expected by Sept. 30, according to legal documents filed Wednesday by the governor’s office. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1518489850/Removal-of-183rds-fighter-jets-to-begin-next-week

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

STEEL COSTS: The price of steel has been increasing, and manufacturers are getting antsy about it. By Nate Legue of the Rockford Register Star.  Will be posted this evening.

Farm Bureau upset over ethanol 'smear campaign'

The debate over whether ethanol is fuel or food is heating up. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x446405500/Farm-Bureau-upset-over-ethanol-smear-campaign

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE

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

From high school to the real world

SPRINGFIELD – With the flip of a colored tassel from right to left, the Class of 2008 is saying goodbye to high school. While many teenagers will enjoy a brief summer break before heading to college, some of their peers have different plans. By Kelsea Gurski of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x902822397/From-high-school-to-the-real-world

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on springtime in Illinois. Will be posted this evening.

Phil Luciano: Obama helped by others' missteps

In his victory speech Tuesday, Barack Obama thanked a lot of people, but he left out key mentions of gratitude.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1517278764/Phil-Luciano-Obama-helped-by-others-missteps

Editorial: Historic, yes, but halfway

As it ends, so it begins. At long last, the primary season is over, and Barack Obama has the delegates to make him the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for the presidency. He will square off against Republican John McCain in November. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x902822412/Editorial-Historic-yes-but-only-halfway

Chuck Sweeny:  Obama’s nomination ‘a proud moment’ for State Rep.

When Chuck Jefferson was growing up in Waco, Texas, in the middle of the 20th century, there were strict rules for “colored people,” and he was careful not to break them.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x396301784/Chuck-Sweeny-Obama-s-nomination-a-proud-moment-for-State-Rep

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: CHICAGO - As he showed Wednesday in baffling baseball's best-hitting team, Greg Maddux is still doing what he always has done. Maybe the Cubs should try to get him back on their side. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/baseball/cubs/x1517278981/Mike-Nadel-Time-for-Mad-Dog-Redux

Jane Miller: Yellow and black en masse at Joliet

Caterpillar’s foray into the world of NHRA began a year ago at the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., when the team was in the midst of picking up race-to-race dealer sponsorships.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1455921502/Jane-Miller-Yellow-and-black-en-masse-at-Joliet

Davis finds himself in same spot as last year

LAKE FOREST – Muhsin Muhammad and Bernard Berrian are out. Brandon Lloyd and Marty Booker are in. Hmm. That would seem to leave Rashied Davis right where he was on the Chicago Bears' receiving depth chart. By Reed Schreck of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x816772695/Davis-finds-himself-in-same-spot-as-last-year