GHNS Illinois Budget (6/12/08)

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

Thursday’s front page of the day: The Galesburg Register-Mail. http://www.ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1213288027

Writing coach: Read Casey Laughman’s writing coach blog at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?aid=16. This week’s topic: An example of a narrative done right.

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Living a dream for the love of tattoo

FREEPORT – Two weeks ago, Anthony Bennett, 18, realized his life-long dream: opening his own business. Bennett, who lived in North Carolina with his family for most of his life, moved back to Freeport a year ago, where his relatives originally lived, and opened a tattoo shop called “Lit Ink.” By Diana Roemer of the Freeport Journal-Standard.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x390608597/Living-a-dream-for-the-love-of-tattoo

ILLINOIS NEWS

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

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

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1743972471/State-Briefs-6-12-08

SCOUT SAFETY: On the heels of the devastating tornado that left at least four boy scouts dead in Iowa, just what should you do when camping and severe weather breaks out?  By John Sharp of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.

State police say clerk was tipped off to drug surveillance

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois State Police special agent is under investigation for allegedly warning Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello, a longtime friend, to stay away from a cocaine dealer’s house that was under surveillance. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x833709902/State-police-want-Aiello-s-testimony

Intelligence center's role has changed over its five-year life

FREEPORT – The Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center is commemorating its five-year anniversary this month, and state and local police say the center remains an important resource for law enforcement personnel. By Travis Morse of the Freeport Journal-Standard.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x719312384/Intelligence-centers-role-has-changed-over-its-five-year-life

Veteran files grievance over lost coaching jobs

MORTON – Little did Dick Conklin know that when he was deployed to a tour of duty in Iraq, he would become unemployed in two of his three coaching jobs at Morton Junior High School. As a returning reservist, Conklin said he thought — in compliance with state and federal law — that he would be reinstated to his previous positions. By Nathan Domenighini of the Morton Times-News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x513606655/Veteran-files-grievance-over-lost-coaching-jobs

Extension agent says oil, not corn, to blame for high grocery prices

LINCOLN – The recent floods in the Midwest may be giving central Illinois corn a bad rap. By Joshua Niziolkiewicz of the Lincoln Courier.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x849705512/Fulton-Blame-oil-not-corn-for-high-grocery-prices

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

Cat plans $1 billion expansion project

Caterpillar Inc. announced Thursday that it will spend $1 billion over the next two years to expand manufacturing capacity at its major Illinois factories. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.

With: Sidebar on Cat and Navistar forming a truck business alliance.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1692145311/Cat-plans-1-billion-expansion-project

Cat will build Army bulldozers

PEORIA – Caterpillar Inc. will supply the U.S. Army with bulldozers, according to a $397.1 million contract the company signed with the U.S. Department of Defense. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x390608524/Cat-will-build-Army-bulldozers

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on the Constitutional rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Will be posted this evening.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x390608971/Britt-Toon-on-giving-Gitmo-detainees-the-right-to-challenge-their-detention

Editorial: Enough to cause a stomachache

Faster than you could say "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," restaurants and grocery stores began yanking Roma and red plum varieties off their tables and shelves amid a nationwide outbreak of salmonella. So far, more than 160 people in 17 states have been infected with a rare strain of the bacteria, thought to be linked to raw tomatoes. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x833709979/Editorial-Enough-to-cause-a-stomachache

Phil Luciano: Peorian, llamas forced to part ways

Karen Wakeland cries about her evicted llamas. As she admits, she'd sob over separation from any of the beloved critters on her property.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x822798973/Phil-Luciano-Peorian-llamas-forced-to-part-ways

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Thursday’s Braves-Cubs game. Will be posted this evening.