GHNS Illinois Budget (8/5/08)

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

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGE: On Aug. 6, the GateHouse Niche Division will roll our first Pro Football Weekly page, with a focus on fantasy football. The page will be offered in various versions and formats and will include advice, tips and insight for players. See a promotional video for the page at http://www.ghnewsroom.com.

Did you know … Fantasy football players are an attractive demographic -- more than half have household incomes of $75,000 or more.

See the photos of the week at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1217949504

FOR SUNDAY: TRAFFIC STOPS: It's all over the news and roadways these days. Police throughout Illinois are regularly cracking down on seat belt violations, construction zone speeding, drunk drivers and other no-nos behind the wheel. Despite the high-profile enforcement, traffic stops statewide are down over the last few years - in some cases, significantly. An analysis of state-compiled data found that traffic stops by all police departments declined a little under 2 percent from 2004 to 2007, a perplexing trend in light of the focus on traffic safety. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. With breakouts. Will be posted Wednesday for use Sunday, Aug. 10 and beyond.

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Job program gives teens chance to give back

PEORIA – For 13-year-old Josh Miles, his first summer job isn't so much about the money as it is the sense of accomplishment. Miles is one of more than 100 local residents who were placed in jobs through the Summer Youth Works initiative, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections and Department of Transportation. By Erin Wood of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x806576880

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/x207242669

DUI ATTORNEY:  Ex-Marshall County State's Attorney Donald Knuckey should lose his law license for at least a year because an untreated alcohol addiction has made him unfit to practice, a state disciplinary panel was told Tuesday. Knuckey did not show up at the hearing, which was prompted by his third DUI conviction early last year. No decision has been made yet about possible sanctions against him. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will b.

PAROLE POLITICS: Some observers say the state Prisoner Review Board is buckling to political pressure and moving hard to the right. In other words, this group believes, the board is becoming more reluctant to release prisoners on parole for fear of political retribution. But others believe the PRB is already too liberal. So which is it? Which direction is the PRB actually going? By Aaron Chambers of the Rockford Register Star. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1936634436

4-H CUTBACKS: 4-H programs for the first weekend of the state fair were severely cut back because of budget uncertainty and gas prices. By Jayette Bolinski of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.

Bond reduction denied for man accuses of sexually assaulting girls in foster care

PEKIN – A man approved by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to care for children – in spite of a previous conviction for giving drugs and alcohol to a minor – was denied a bond reduction request Monday in connection with charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted teenage girls placed in foster care by DCFS. By Sharon Woods Harris of the Pekin Times.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1323200153

Keeping a watch on the water

SPRINGFIELD – When someone or something goes missing near or while on a body of water in Sangamon County, as well as surrounding areas, there are several area squads that specialize in just that type of search. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x903585239

Carnies hooked on life on the road

OREGON – At 14, Bob Canull wanted a different life for himself. He went to Steamboat Days, a summer carnival in Peoria, and literally ran away with the carnival. By Cathy Bayer of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x394023299

Doctor suspended for two years for stealing drugs

SPRINGFIELD – A Springfield doctor who state officials said stole drugs to self-medicate while working in a plastic surgery training program run by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has been banned from practicing medicine for at least two years. By Dean Olsen of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1727387730

Mother of dead soldier says he was ‘enticed’ into military

ROCKFORD – A grieving mother lashed out at the U.S. military Monday, three days after her son was killed in Afghanistan. Netha Morgan said her son, David John Badie, died doing what he wanted to do, but she also said he would have never joined the military if he hadn’t been “enticed” into doing so. By Chris Green of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x806576883

Test tower will help determine possibility of wind farm

METAMORA – Like a silver mast rising above a sea of corn fields, a meteorological tower testing the winds of Woodford County recently become part of the rural countryside's monotonous skyline. The temporary spire, which will measure wind speed, air density and direction for a year, is part of determining the feasibility of one day building a permanent wind turbine. By Frank Radosevich II of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x683114168

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

Selling the fine print

PEORIA – Muir Omni Graphics is stuck on Peoria. The firm, which manufactures silk-screen labels used by some of the top corporations in the country, is housed in three old buildings on Main Street, but it is also a firm believer in high-tech and going green. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1727387713

Going to Olympics? Don’t go digital

PEORIA – David Rice has some advice for U.S. citizens planning to attend this year's Olympics in Beijing: Don't go digital. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1100308309

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Photographer gives parents of stillborn babies a memento

PEORIA – Julia. Julia Lewer. Though she came and went as quickly as cherry blossoms in a central Illinois spring, her mother talks about her in the present tense. "There was no way to know," Melissa Lewer says. "She was growing right, 20 inches long, 7 pounds, 11 ounces." When the nurse handed her the brochure, she didn’t have to think. She knew immediately she would want photos, because photos are all she would have of Julia. Julia Ann Lewer. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x901922583

A walk on the wild, but orderly side

Allerton Park and Retreat Center near Monticello appeals both to the outdoors enthusiast who likes things wild and the gardener who likes nature arranged in a more orderly fashion. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1727387734

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on Obama and drilling for oil. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1742989461

Tom Loewy: Lure of savings at pump irresistible

GALESBURG – Jeff Hoschek’s almost-new Chevy Silverado rolled up to the pumps Monday afternoon thirsty. Since the Circle K on East Main Street featured gas at $3.75 a gallon, the 56-year-old Knoxville resident granted his pickup a drink. Hoschek wasn’t the only driver who saw Circle K’s sign and made a pit stop. From 1:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., almost 50 cars visited the station’s nine working pumps. And from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at least four pumps were continuously occupied.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1230087977

Editorial: Capital bill should include list of projects

There’s a scene in “The Empire Strikes Back” when Chewbacca is choking Lando Calrissian as Lando tries to tell Princess Leia that there still is time to save Han Solo, even though it was Lando himself who had double-crossed Solo.  “What are you doing? Trust him! Trust him!” shrieks C-3PO, the whiny golden robot sidekick. Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, and the two Republican legislative leaders seem very much like C-3PO. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x901922550

Editorial: Ouch! Texters should watch their step

Recently the American College of Emergency Physicians warned gadget-obsessed multitaskers: Don't walk and send text messages at the same time. You might run into something and hurt yourself. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x207242720

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Tuesday’s Tigers-White Sox game, which will be Ken Griffey Jr.’s home debut with the White Sox.

ILLINI: FIRST TEAM: Illinois junior defensive back Vontae Davis is a first-team preseason all-America who found himself on the second string in the spring game in April. He didn't mind the wakeup call. By John Supinie. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/big_10/x424033531