NEWS

GHNS Illinois Budget (7/11/08)

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

See what’s coming next week at GateHouse Newsroom.

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Reader Involvement: Three ways to showcase readers’ summertime moments.

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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: The overused “tragic” and the underused “said.”

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Fishing lure collectors hooked on rare finds

PEORIA – Hundreds of fish. Several mice. And a firecracker. No, not some weird booby trap. Just a few of the wacky widgets in Buddy Parsons' tackle box. Parsons is among several hundred exhibitors at this year’s National Fishing Lures Collectors Club convention, which is in Peoria for the second time. By Erin Wood of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x223007264

ILLINOIS NEWS

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STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1768844857

BUDGET BATTLE Q&A: Lawmakers came and went in special session and Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the budget into law. But they left behind many questions about how deep his $1.4 billion in budget cuts will go and where the gridlock heads next _ with many unclear answers. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening for use Sunday, July 13 and later.

--Statehouse Insider. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1346882338

--Capitol Notebook. By the State Capitol bureau staff. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x518436728

New iPhone draws big crowds

The iPhone 3G or iPhone 2.0. Call it whatever you want, but the new gadget released Friday drew between three and four hundred people to the Apple store in Oakbrook Center. By Petras Barcas of Suburban Life Publications.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1768844669

Defense motion to preserve evidence granted in killing spree case

GALESBURG – The defense was granted a temporary motion Friday to preserve evidence in the case against a Sterling man accused of murder in Knox County. Judge Steven Bordner agreed that a request filed by Knox County public defender Jim Harrell in the case of Nicholas T. Sheley, 28, was an emergency measure and did not require a separate hearing. By Michelle Anstett of the Galesburg Register-Mail.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x223007258

Police aim to annoy problem residents

PEORIA – Police Chief Steven Settingsgaard wants to annoy residents who are a nuisance to their neighbors. "I want to (irritate) the drug dealers," he said Thursday. "I want to send a message: We're in charge. You're not." Friday, the Police Department  deployed its first nuisance property surveillance vehicle as a new tactic to deter crime at a problematic property.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1783364610

Ducklings rescued from storm drain

PEORIA – Nine ducklings and their mother have recently been spotted along Southwest Adams Street in Peoria, dodging cars during family trips away from the river. Although motorists tend to yield, or even stop and direct traffic away from the animals, the feathered family found out Thursday that storm drains are far less forgiving than people.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x390629639

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

AMTRAK: Sen. Dick Durbin's office has announced Senate approval of $1.5 billion in new funding, including $100 million to states for improving existing corridor. Some of the money may come to Illinois. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1401790617

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Native butterflies showcased in Pana's Tallgrass Butterfly House

A biology teacher shares his love of the Illinois prairie through close encounters with our most beautiful native insects. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2043507455

Piano prodigy's goal is to play 'around the world'

CARRIER MILLS – Nicolas Cofield is ready to enter fifth grade at Carrier Mills-Stonefort Grade School. Only a youngster, he most likely is the only pupil at the school who, at times, is surrounded by autograph seekers. By Eric Fodor of the Harrisburg Daily Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x379987004

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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BRITT: Toon on Phil Gramm and “whiners.” POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2043507666

WOOD ON WORDS: Variations on “hang” words. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x1470902676

Jerry Moore: Web site promotes more transparency in government

Improving government on all levels requires access to information and the willingness to act on it. Adam Andrzejewski of Elmhurst has taken a huge step in ensuring that first step is met. Last year, he founded For the Good of Illinois to create more transparency in taxing bodies.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x469157671

Phil Luciano: Striped opossum a stinky situation

How many city workers does it take to remove a dead opossum from a road? Apparently, more than three.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1542090502

Dave Bakke: Gas pump watchdog makes sure we get money’s worth

With gasoline prices at an all-time high, Bob Davis is a driver’s best friend. He’s got your back. Bob is one of the people who make sure that when you pay for 10.254 gallons of gasoline, you get 10.254 gallons, not 10.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x469157626

Editorial: An undeserved reward for Bush

In the hysterical weeks that followed the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration broke the law and embarked on a domestic spying program that gathered telephone records of private citizens. Rather than being punished, the administration received a reward Wednesday from the U.S. Senate. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1542090505

Editorial: Don’t overreact to war of words

Ah, Iran, Muslim masters of the mixed message. That trait was on full display this week with Iran's decision to test-fire a reported nine medium- and long-range missiles as an apparent show of strength for Israel's eyes and America's. Well, maybe. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x518436469

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing Saturday’s and Sunday’s Cubs-Giants games. Rich Harden makes his debut for the Cubs on Saturday.

SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS:  Rich Harden was an even better trade target than CC Sabathia, because he's not just a three-month rental and is signed at a good price for next year. … Brett Favre should just go away. Packers also erred by seemingly pushing him away. … Bulls were worried about Michael Beasley's character. Turns out Derrick Rose's health is a bigger issue. … Sox and the All-Star game, etc. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. POSTED. For use in Sunday editions. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x518436763