NEWS

GHNS Illinois Budget (6/19/08)

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

PROJECT: Ohio paper examines white collar crime. See more details at http://ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1213839801

SUDOKU PUZZLES: Sudoku puzzles are now available on the News Service.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1165646613

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

Morale high on front lines of flooding

PEORIA – Maj. Steve Thomas of the 182nd Airlift Wing said Wednesday the 500 or so airmen from around the state activated to build up the levees have "hit their battle rhythm." By Andy Kravetz, Steven Bushong and Leslie Fark of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x822804308

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

FLOODING: A last stand is underway to protect some 13,000 acres of farmland just north of Quincy as the crest moves south this evening. There was another levy break but in an area already flooded. In past floods, it took weeks, even months for the water to drain once it got behind the levies. By Bruce Rushton and Amanda Reavy of the State Journal-Register. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1743977481

SUGAR ENERGY: Congressional candidate Colleen Callahan reacts angrily to GOP presidential nominee John McCain's suggestion that corn-based ethanol subsidies be eliminated and the country instead use Brazilian sugar cane for an alternative energy source. The former long-time ag reporter says it's a slap in the face to farmers. By Karen McDonald of the Peoria Journal Star. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/agriculture/x833715494

JUNK FOOD: The Illinois State Board of Education has put off voting on a proposal that would impose restrictions on what kind of food may be served in school cafeterias to kids of different ages. The board initially planned to vote on the matter today, but one of the nine members was absent, and four others said they would not support it. The supporters basically say it should help curb childhood obesity, while the opponents say it's too restrictive and should be left up to individual school districts. This likely will come up again at a future board meeting. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2113781554

Man who killed his 6 children denied parole

SPRINGFIELD – Simon Peter Nelson, the Rockford man who murdered his six children as they slept in 1978, will continue life behind bars. The 13-member Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted unanimously Thursday to deny Nelson’s request for parole. The board also voted 13-0 to postpone Nelson’s next possible parole date for three years. By Aaron Chambers of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1713644242

Cop killer’s parole denied

Theodore Bacino, who murdered a young Winnebago County sheriff’s deputy in 1974, will stay behind bars. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 9-4 Thursday against Bacino’s request for parole.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x390614159

‘Don’t believe the rumors’ -- Sny Levee expected to hold

HANNIBAL, Mo. – “Don’t believe the rumors.” That is the advice of the people working around the clock to keep the Sny levee in Illinois from breaking, as the raging Mississippi brings its flood crest to the Hannibal area in the next 48 hours. By Bev Darr of the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x379971235

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Hospitals keeping a closer eye on drug company swag

ROCKFORD – Local hospital systems are taking a closer look at how they handle medication samples and office products from drug manufacturers as they scrutinize the impact of their relationships with those companies. By Deborah Austin of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x390614185

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on the media and flood coverage. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x2113781513

Chuck Sweeny: Pros and cons of Constitutional convention

On Nov. 4, you’ll see a question on your election ballot that asks whether you want to call a convention in 2010 for the purpose of writing a new state constitution for Illinois. It’s something required every 20 years by the current (1970) constitution.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x415942049

Editorial: Getting frank about fatherhood

It's risen above a whisper now from folks of a certain generation and usually a certain party who look at presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama and just don't get it. They gloss over the obvious intelligence and gift for oratory and zoom right to his lightness of national political experience and legislative accomplishment and they ask, "What's this guy bring to the table?"

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1713644242

Tom Loewy: No time to rest amid flood waters

Russell Calkins didn’t sleep Tuesday night. Nor Wednesday morning. Since Saturday, closing his eyes even for a few moments was a luxury the Galesburg city employee couldn’t afford. The 49-year-old water production supervisor guarded Galesburg’s pumping station in Oquawka as flood waters from in and around the Mississippi River rose to record levels.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x379971370

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from all three games of this weekend’s White Sox-Cubs series.

Trade between Miners, Diamondbacks believed to be first of its kind

MARION – Southern Illinois Miners lefty Clay Zavada has become part of the first known player trade between a Major League organization and an independent team. Zavada has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who drafted him in 2006.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x833715216