NEWS

GHNS Illinois Budget (6/13/08)

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

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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

Award-winning airport is a hidden gem

YATES CITY – Amid an endless view of newly sprouted green fields, a lush pasture with grazing cows and a dozen or more small finger-like lakes, the grass landing strip known as Tri-County Airport is easily missed, whether by land or air. By Dave Haney of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x849706495/Little-known-airport-lands-state-award

ILLINOIS NEWS

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

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

ADDED: A state board that reviews building leases wants more information about why Illinois Department of Transportation workers slated to move to southern Illinois cannot be transferred to another building in Springfield instead. The Procurement Policy Board wants state leasing officails to explain why the workers cannot be moved to one of the buildings recently vacated by the Illinois State Police when they consolidated operations into a new headquarters. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

‘93 FLOOD REVISITED: 15 years later, the Mississippi River apparently is on the verge of another big round of flooding. What have communities done since then to protect themselves? By Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.

TWO CENTURY BIRTHDAYS: Two members of the Caterpillar retirees club celebrate their milestone birthdays together during a 11 a.m. meeting at the Fondulac Park Administration. The two birthdays, on Friday the 13th conveniently, are for one who turns 100 and one who turns 101. By Mike Smothers of the Peoria Journal Star. TENTATIVE.

AMERICAN MAUSOLEUM: Peoria County State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons will go before a judge this afternoon to ask permission to get involved in the bankruptcy mess. By Andy Kravetz of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.

Statehouse Insider. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x19915958/Doug-Finke-Madigan-center-of-attention-for-all-the-wrong-reasons

Capitol Notebook: Madigan-Blagojevich feud continues with impeachment memo

SPRINGFIELD – Voters got a peek into the dark bowels of state politics last week, thanks to a memo House Speaker Michael Madigan's political staff prepared to help candidates build a case for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment. By the State Capitol bureau.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x441910348/Capitol-Notebook-Madigan-Blagojevich-feud-continues-with-impeachment-memo

Judge throws out lawsuit seeking to stop move of fighter jets

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. District Judge Richard Mills on Friday threw out the lawsuit that Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawsuit against the federal government attempting to stop it from moving the 183rd’s fighter jets from Springfield. By Sarah Antonacci of the State Journal-Register. UPDATED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x849706481/Judge-throws-out-lawsuit-seeking-to-stop-move-of-fighter-jets

Ex-sheriff says audit is 'a political witch hunt'

Former Knox County Sheriff Jim Thompson has called the audit of his office and that of former State’s Attorney Paul Mangieri “a political witch hunt.” By John R. Pulliam of the Galesburg Register-Mail.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x513607462/Ex-sheriff-says-audit-is-a-political-witch-hunt

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Skin cancer surgery boasts high cure rate

ROCKFORD – Head and neck surgeon Dr. Andrew Jun treats skin cancer like a weed. “If you don’t take the entire root out, it may look good initially, but in the end it will come back to be even worse,” said Jun, owner of Surgical Services of Illinois. By Deborah Austin of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1483915443/Skin-cancer-surgery-boasts-high-cure-rate

Spice up summer cooking with varieties of barbecue sauces

As summertime rapidly approaches, the aroma of burning charcoal and a variety of meats lingers in the air of every neighborhood. The distinctive smell has hungry people salivating and going home to fire up their own grills. By Tania Bazaldua of Suburban Life Publications.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x222986175/Spice-up-summer-cooking-with-varieties-of-BBQ-sauces

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on the death of Tim Russert. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x719313523/Britt-Cartoon-tribute-to-Tim-Russert-1950-2008

WOOD ON WORDS: POSTED. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x849706602/Wood-on-Words-Goodbye-packs-punch-in-any-language

Phil Luciano: Gas prices not fair? Try air

So, you thought the grease car was crazy, eh? Months ago I wrote about an area fellow looking to convert the engine of his pickup to run on vegetable oil. A lot of you said that was stupid. You said grease would never catch on, nor would alternatives to the internal-combustion engine.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x441910305/Luciano-Gas-prices-not-fair-Try-air

Dave Bakke: Wounded Vietnam veteran finally finds lost love

In 1968, Lee Oakley was far from his home in Mattoon. Staff Sgt. Oakley was in Vietnam with the Army’s 9th Infantry Division. On this particular day, his platoon members were sweeping a treeline south of Saigon, looking for the enemy.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x390609381/Dave-Bakke-Wounded-Vietnam-veteran-finally-finds-lost-love

Editorial: Madigan's stalling won't help; it's time for him to lead

Being a good leader is seeing opportunities and acting on them when the time is right. That’s good politics, too. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x222986561/Madigans-stalling-wont-help-its-time-for-him-to-lead

Editorial: A lot of bang for a billion bucks

Good economic news arrived in central Illinois Thursday as Caterpillar announced not only a big new bulldozer contract with the U.S. Army but a billion-dollar infusion in its Illinois manufacturing plants, including those in East Peoria and Mossville. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x833710790/Our-View-A-lot-of-bang-for-a-billion-bucks

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

QUICK SHOTS: Kobe Bryant measures up to Michael Jordan on his good days, but Jordan almost never had off nights. That's why Jordan remains the best of all time. … Alfonso Soriano not appreciated by Cub fans who shrug off his injury. … Thoughts on new Bulls coach. … If Phil Jackson is one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, how come he makes fewer -- or worse -- halftime adjustments than Dave Wannstedt? … NBA credibility issues in wake of ref's allegations. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. POSTED. For use in Sunday editions.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x513607552/Matt-Trowbridge-Kobe-is-no-Jorda

Jane Miller: Keselowski breaks through

It seemed only a matter of time before Brad Keselowski won a Nationwide Series race – and that time came Saturday at Nashville.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x222985230/Jane-Miller-Keselowski-breaks-through