GHNS Illinois Budget (6/6/08)
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Web Idea: Don’t close book on graduations – make slideshows
Writing coach: Read Casey Laughman’s writing coach blog at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?aid=16.
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
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 schools.
For use Sunday, June 8 and beyond.
Diary of war: Former medic's diary sheds light on Normandy and aftermath
CAPRON – From 1942-45, Gene Kleindl served as a medic in the U.S. Army. He was a litter bearer with the 90th Infantry Division, nicknamed the “Tough ’Ombres,” primarily responsible for evacuating wounded soldiers and carrying them to medical stations. For the 64th anniversary of D-Day, he is sharing excerpts of what he wrote in his diary in the days surrounding June 6, 1944. By Sarah Roberts of the Rockford Register Star.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE GRAD: Roy Bell at times lived in a car, sometimes in a home without electricity or water and for several months held a full-time 2nd shift job yet still managed to graduate among the top 10 recently at Woodruff. His chances for Harvard fell through but this young man has got a full ride to the University of Illinois. By Dave Haney of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.
Capitol Notebook: POSTED.
Doug Finke: Just a matter of time before legislators return to Capitol
It's apparently not a matter of if the General Assembly will return to Springfield this summer, but when and, more importantly, for how long.
Fueling the Pinch: Lawmakers debate gas price solutions
SPRINGFIELD – Federal and state officials say they’re doing what they can to ease the pain consumers are feeling from high gasoline prices. Still unclear, though, is how much of a difference those elected leaders truly can make. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau.
With: Sidebar on gas thefts increasing, sidebar on gas prices affecting a police drug unit, sidebar on colleges cutting back to save money and energy.
Dino dig yields more specimens for museum
ROCKFORD – A dinosaur dig team in southeastern Utah may have discovered enough bones of two species to make the Burpee Museum of Natural History home to four dinosaurs by 2010. By Corina Curry of the Rockford Register Star.
FERTILIZER CORN: High feed prices and a bumper crop last year have Midwestern farmers rolling in dough. But rising costs for fertilizer and diesel make many skittish about the future. By Nate Legue of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.
Grad proves her mettle at auto body shop
SPRINGFIELD – When Kim Shirley learned that the Lawrence Education Center was sending him a female intern to work in his auto body shop, he didn’t think she would last more than a day. As it turned out, Danielle King, all 5 feet of her, has lasted a lot longer than a day. She completed her internship and now works full time at Kim’s. By John Reynolds of the State Journal-Register.
Manufacturing's new mantra: Diversify to stay alive
ROCKFORD – Freeway Rockford Inc. makes hundreds of thousands of a part needed nearly everywhere on an automobile: washers. By Nate Legue of the Rockford Register Star.
A smarter way to do business
In March 2007, with more than 3,600 employees working on three shifts at the Belvidere assembly plant, Chrysler officials spoke at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s manufacturers expo. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.
Artistic renewal: Artist finds space for creative home in downtown loft
BLOOMINGTON – Harold Gregor took what was once a nickelodeon movie theater and speakeasy and created a perfect urban home. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
Old-fashioned perfection: Twenty-something sells fresh, chemical-free produce
WYOMING – Lyndon Hartz is a young college graduate banking on faith that people still value the taste of sweet corn picked at the crack of dawn and sold with the dew still clinging to the silks. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
Roadside business blooms by selling irises
CHILLICOTHE – Once upon a time, Judy Malson grew 600 varieties of irises. She's pared back to the best 200 varieties, including some unique ones found nowhere else in the country. By Jennifer Davis.
BRITT: Toon on Blago and impeachment. POSTED.
Wood on Words: Doughnuts, pheromones and ‘inspriation’
A popular topic in the modern comedy repertoire involves police officers and doughnuts. Some variations are better than others, but they’re often good for a chuckle.
Pam Adams: Illinois continues to make history
I understand why so many white women are angry about all the nasty little woman-hating assaults thrown Hillary Clinton's way during the presidential campaign. Some diehard Democratic women are so angry, they've threatened to bolt the party and vote for John McCain. I understand why they're angry, but I don't understand why the anger stops at sexism.
Dave Bakke: Family puts its spin on summer
Many families hit the road for summer vacations, but not many of them travel the way the Oesch family will.
Editorial: Peel away layers of corruption
Everybody in Illinois is asking the same questions following Wednesday's conviction of Tony Rezko, the governor's friend and former fundraiser, on corruption charges. Who's next? Will "Public Official A" get his turn? An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Obama’s new hope: Regain momentum as agent of change
Now that Hillary Clinton is expected to bow out of the Democratic presidential race, it is time for Barack Obama to step out of the caution zone. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
Editorial: Governor’s credibility takes another hit
When Gov. Rod Blagojevich wanted to generate support for some of his ideas on the state budget this year, his administration mobilized a public relations effort using state employees to get the message out. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
MIKE NADEL: Column on Doug Collins pulling out of the running for the Bulls coaching job. Will be posted this evening. (This will replace the column scheduled for Saturday).
QUICK SHOTS: Ozzie Guillen’s eruptions just make the White Sox more fun, as long as Kenny Williams also doesn't blow his cool. ... If the Sox are going to be half a team all year, it's probably better that they are a pitching team. Relying on home runs or nothing is a hard way to win in the regular season, but it's actually a good playoff formula if their pitchers can keep being this dominant. Homers were about the only chance the Sox used to have against Johan Santana. And even people like Geoff Blum and Scott Podsednik homered for them in the playoffs in 2005. ... The Brewers may challenge the Cubs -- they've played one of the NL's toughest schedules so far, while the Cubs and Cardinals have played two of the easiest - but as long as the Cubs keep walking, they'll never go away. The Cubs rank second in the majors in walks, after ranking 25th or below each of the previous five years. So forget the Cubs' 99-year history of failure, this is a completely new Cubs team. ... Lakers-Celtics, wow, the NBA is almost relevant again. Now if only the Second City can get a coach. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted Saturday evening for use Sunday.