GHNS Illinois Budget (6/10/08)

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Mount Shasta Herald

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TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Sacrifices pay off for medical school grad

ROCKFORD – Claudia Mercado isn’t a stranger to challenges, days that run into nights or a draining personal life. She doesn’t want to be pitied. Rather, she wants to give back by serving where she is needed. By Betsy Lopez Fritscher of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1477249929/Medical-school-grad-receives-more-than-a-diploma

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/x1872703085/State-Briefs-6-10-08

ADDED: CAREGIVERS: Legislation that would have let spousal caregivers get the same Medicaid payments as other caregivers failed this year in the General Assembly and likely won't be pursued again until next year. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

BACINO PAROLE: SPRINGFIELD — Cop-killer Theodore Bacino faces the state’s Prisoner Review Board Tuesday, asking to be granted parole. By Aaron Chambers of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.

LAW LICENSES: Who’s licensed to practice law in Illinois? None of your business. That's what the state Supreme Court has told a company that assigns grades to lawyers and posts them on the Internet. The company says it has obtained lists of lawyers from at least 30 states with hardly a squeak, but the Illinois Supreme Court stands alone in refusing to release a list of licensed attorneys to the company, which has hired a lawyer to force the Supreme Court to cough up. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register. HELD.

FIGHTERS REMOVED: The beginning of the end for the 183rd fighter wing is supposed to happen Tuesday, with first of the 15 fighter jets leaving. Why are they being removed piecemeal? And where are they going? By John Reynolds of the State Journal-Register. HELD.

Husband and children of missing woman found

PEORIA – The husband and three children of a missing Mackinaw woman were found early Tuesday morning at a Peoria motel hours after they were the subject of an Amber Alert. By Joe Crawford of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be updated.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1196183648/Husband-and-children-of-missing-woman-found

Springfield mayor waits for hearing on IDOT move

SPRINGFIELD – Mayor Tim Davlin expects the next step in his strategy to stop more than 100 Illinois Department of Transportation jobs from moving to southern Illinois will not take place until the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability has a hearing in July or August, a spokesman said Monday. By Chris Wetterich of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1763544855/Mayor-s-aide-Next-step-in-IDOT-fight-is-hearing

Springfield School Board refuses to release details of new teachers contract

SPRINGFIELD – The public will not get to know what’s in a new teachers contract before it is approved by the Springfield School Board. By Pete Sherman of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x710599056/Access-denied-to-teachers-contract

Physics teacher hopes cosmic ray detector project will benefit students

ROCKFORD – Auburn High physics teacher Dallas Turner is among a small group of Illinois high school teachers and students working this week at Northern Illinois University to build a cosmic ray detector. By Jeff Kolkey of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1763544863/Auburn-teacher-to-help-build-cosmic-ray-detector

Group claims IEPA’s livestock oversight falls short

PEORIA – A newly formed environmental group doesn't think the state of Illinois is doing a good job of watching the hen house -- or the hog farm. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1872702425/Group-claims-IEPAs-livestock-operation-oversight-falls-short

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

Cat CEO urges shareholders to reject changes

PEORIA – Caterpillar Inc.'s success and strength should be enough to convince shareholders to reject proposed changes to the way directors are elected and operate, Chairman Jim Owens said in a letter to the shareholders. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1857754639/Owens-urges-Cat-shareholders-to-reject-changes

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE

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

Shave, haircut and a cholesterol check, please

ROCKFORD – In Mark Hunter’s perfect world, a man can walk into his local barber shop and get a little off the sides along with tests of his blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and know his danger of getting prostate cancer. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1517281903/Taking-a-non-traditional-approach-to-health-care

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on killer tomatoes. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1196184468/Britt-Toon-on-salmonella-laden-tomatoes

Jerry Moore: High school fashion faux pas causing a real sweat

Some memories are best left repressed. One of my sisters recently came across a high school keepsake of mine that somehow ended up in her home. How it landed there is anyone’s guess, but it resurfaced out of the blue like an unwelcome neighbor.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x120335697/Jerry-Moore-High-school-fashion-faux-pas-causing-a-real-sweat

Chuck Sweeny: One sure thing in McCain-Obama duel: It’ll be close

Everywhere I go, people ask me who will win the election. If I really knew, I’d be living on my privately owned island in the South Pacific, or at least Lake Michigan. But I usually do have educated hunches.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x816776153/One-sure-thing-in-McCain-Obama-duel-It-ll-be-close

Phil Luciano: What happened to Curtis Thompson?

The bully was left powerless. That's perhaps why Curtis Thompson apparently killed himself in prison Friday, theorizes Stark County Sheriff Jimmy Dison.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1763544833/Luciano-What-happened-to-Curtis-Thompson

Editorial: Teens using cell phones a danger on the roadways

To hear some people, talking on a cell phone while driving is as easy as walking and chewing gum. Can it be surprising their lackadaisical attitude has rubbed off on their children? An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x955873703/Teens-using-cell-phones-a-danger-on-the-roadways

Editorial: Need for ‘Good Samaritan’ laws proof of societal apathy

We seem to have lost our bearing. A 78-year-old man was struck by a hit-and-run driver last week while walking home from the grocery store in Hartford, Conn. “We no longer have a moral compass,” declared Police Chief Daryl Roberts. “We have no regard for each other.” An editorial from the Galesburg Register-Mail.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1872702438/Editorial-Need-for-Good-Samaritan-laws-proof-of-societal-apathy

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Tuesday’s Braves-Cubs game. Column expected by 10:30 p.m.