GHNS Illinois Budget (8/12/08)

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

Behind the story: Inside a Patriot Ledger photographer’s trip to Tibet.

http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?bid=208

MORNING MINUTES: Starting yesterday, and publishing seven days a week, the news service is providing a “Morning Minutes” rail that includes a Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. For more info, see Jean Hodges’ blog on ghnewsroom.com.

http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?bid=206

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Death after chase stirs debate on Taser use

ROCKFORD – Kiethedric Hines fought with police and fought for his life Sunday night. He lost both times. He was pronounced dead at Rockford Memorial Hospital’s emergency room shortly before 7 p.m. But why Hines died is unknown. What is known is that Hines was shot at with a Taser. With sidebar and video. By Mike Wiser of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1806339436

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/x418529589

SALE OF CHAMPIONS: The Sale of Champions is Tuesday night at the Illinois State Fair. The Sale begins at 6 p.m. By Brian Eason of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted tonight.

COGFA: Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability's 2 p.m. vote on whether the governor should proceed with moving the Illinois Department of Transportation traffic safety division to southern Illinois. We expect COGFA will vote against the move, so there will be a straightforward news story on the discussion and vote and what happens next. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

SPECIAL SESSION/PAY RAISE: The legislative special session on education funding reform begins at 3 p.m., and we also will be watching for developments on legislative pay raises, impeachment talk and any other oddities. Possibly more than one story, depending on what happens during the day. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

AMEREN: Illinois Commerce Commission staff have filed a "proposed order" in the pending rate delivery case filed by the Ameren Illinois utility companies. Though the proposed order is subject to change by the five-member commission, if left untouched it would hit customers of AmerenIP the hardest. AmerenCIPS customers also would see hikes, but AmerenCILCO customers would see some decreases. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x275048978

Lawmakers consider law change based on fatal accident involving deputy

SPRINGFIELD – When Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Boomer slammed his cruiser into another vehicle at night in 2006, killing two brothers and leaving their sister with brain damage, he was driving at speeds of up to 103 mph without emergency lights or sirens activated, prosecutors said. Under a proposed change in state law that lawmakers might now consider, police across Illinois would be required to activate their lights during any time they drive at high speed in response to an emergency. By Aaron Chambers of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1822513953

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

Battery company hopes expansion leads to bigger business

PEORIA – Firefly Energy Inc. has increased its power. The battery firm's new home will allow the high-tech spinoff of Caterpillar Inc. to manufacture battery components in addition to expanding its research efforts. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1481395048

Credit scores often misunderstood

PEORIA – Credit scores have never been more important - or misunderstood - by the American consumer. That's the view of Keith Reynolds, vice president of lending and business services for CEFCU, a credit union with more than 230,000 members, most of those in central Illinois. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1806339501

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Basketball camp puts emphasis on defending good health

PEORIA – Hundreds of her fellow basketball campers were playing her favorite sport in the gym, but Dezalyn Woods sat quietly Monday afternoon in a room off to the side. The 10-year-old was waiting her turn for a free physical exam, a service the Mitchell "J.J." Anderson All-Star Basketball Camp has offered the past three years. By Joe Crawford of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1481395045

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Britt is on vacation. He will return Wednesday.

Phil Luciano: A simple lesson in listening

Killing some time. Waiting for a concert. Going for a beer. Pop into a new place. Lots of people. Lots of laughter. Two seats at the bar. Take one, order a Pabst. Life is good. My life, at least, right now. Guy takes the other seat. We nod at each other, the universal guys-who-are-too-cool-to-actually-say-"hello" greeting.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x275048751

Editorial: What’s the point, Governor?

There’s nothing more pointless than a special session of the Illinois General Assembly — unless it’s an editorial about pointless special sessions. Because Gov. Rod Blagojevich felt compelled to call one for this week, we feel compelled to write about it. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x33719220

Editorial: Beijing sets the bar high

The 2008 Olympics are barely under way in Beijing, but Illinoisans already are thinking eight years into the future: Chicago is asking municipalities throughout the state to bolster its bid for the 2016 Summer Games. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1246330056

Editorial: Senate should nix pay hike

Given the current state of state government, there is little of substance expected out of special legislative sessions this week. But there is one task the Illinois Senate should take care of while in town: Reject the pay raise its members are set to receive. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1481395025

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: Nadel is on vacation. He will return next week.

ILLINI: NICKNAMES: The nicknames that bounce around the Illinois football locker room often start with coach Ron Zook, who has plenty of them himself. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.

BEARS CAMP: Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a feature story and notebook from Bears camp. Subjects TBA. Stories will be posted this evening.

Feature on Bears defensive coordinator Bob Babich: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x1485136047