GHNS Illinois Budget (8/20/08)

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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TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Bison: The other red meat

EL PASO – Raising and cooking bison is a slow process. For those who enjoy the unique form of red meat, it’s worth the wait. Greg Mool undertakes the long-term process of raising bison — more commonly, though incorrectly, referred to as buffalo — on his 4-acre farm in rural El Paso. By Ryan Ori of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1387852923

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/x1532154315

SEX OFFENDERS: Springfield-area lawmakers want to require all child sex offenders to register with the state, regardless of how long ago the crime was committed. But the idea was rejected in the Legislature last year, and a local sex crimes prosecutor doesn't see the proposed change as a big step forward. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

City waits to see if Colbert continues Canton-bashing trend

CANTON – Fans of Stephen Colbert in Canton are watching to see if the city will be next in line for a bashing by the comedian. Colbert has been making fun of Cantons around the country in an ongoing bit on his Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report." It started when he called a Georgia town "the crappy Canton."

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x220426037

Springfield aldermen banned from city council's office supply closet

SPRINGFIELD – Even as the Springfield City Council has voted to double spending for office supplies, aldermen have been relieved of keys to the council’s office-supply closet. Seems someone has been stealing office supplies. Either that, or supplies have been sprouting legs and walking off. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1635426315

82-year-old contracts West Nile

SPRINGFIELD – A Montgomery County woman in her 80s has been diagnosed with the state’s second reported case of illness caused by the West Nile virus this year, Illinois Department of Public Health officials said Tuesday. By Dean Olsen of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1030010623

State's attorney accuses opponent of interfering with case

PEORIA – State's Attorney Kevin Lyons accused opponent Darin LaHood of interfering with the prosecution of a man accused in multiple sexual assaults last year. Lyons accused LaHood on Tuesday of going to the house of a minor victim and trying to talk to the girl's family, a move he said is an 'offensive invasion into the private life of a rape victim, a minor no less, who was sexually assaulted and whose attacker is in jail awaiting trial.' By Andy Kravetz of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x996441330

Museum finds another T. Rex

ROCKFORD – The Burpee Museum of Natural History has announced its retrieval of another Tyrannosaurus rex after staff and volunteers spent nearly four weeks digging for dinosaur bones in Hell Creek, Mont. Petey, whose bones were first discovered by Burpee in July 2005, was finally identified as a juvenile T. rex as museum personnel and volunteers carried in dino bones and fossils covered in plaster jackets. By Cathy Bayer of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1387852871

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

Development officials hope to turn Rockford into industrial hub

ROCKFORD – Farm fields and two-lane roads stretch for miles south of Rockford’s airport into the outskirts of Rochelle in Ogle County. It’s the same story moving east from the south side of the airport along Belt Line Road. But Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen, Greater Rockford Airport Authority board of directors Chairman Mike Dunn and others see something else: an industrial corridor. By Mike Wiser of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x996441344

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Former teacher, principal fights cancer, inspires others

MACHESNEY PARK – Michele Tegland stood before Harlem school educators, as much an inspirational speaker as a former teacher. Tegland is also a former Loves Park Elementary School principal who has been hit hard by health problems during the past two years. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1222995264

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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

BRITT: Toon on lowering the drinking age. POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1387853180

Phil Luciano: Would-be rapist picked on the wrong woman

Amanda Barnwell is suddenly thankful her brothers used to rough her up as a kid. Monday, in broad daylight, a man burst out of nowhere on the south end of Peoria and tried to rape the 22-year-old. To fight him off and get away, she relied on memories of sibling roughhousing.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x996441291

Dave Bakke: Some closure 31 years after disturbance

On Thanksgiving Day 1977, Thomas Michael Roscetti got on his bicycle and rode away from his home on Wesley Avenue in Springfield. He left a note for his parents, saying it was just time for him to be on his own. In his note, he said he would write or call. He was 19 years old when he left home that day. He was never seen or heard from again.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1635426238

Nick Rogers: Jackson Browne is not happy

If, in 1952, Adlai Stevenson supporters used Benny Goodman’s 1921 song “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” without permission in a regional TV ad against Dwight D. Eisenhower, they may have gotten away with it. But in 2008 — where even a regionally successful singer-songwriter could track those accessing his music — the Ohio Republican Party should have known better.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1387852708

Editorial: Won’t be missing Senate prez

Senate President Emil Jones announced this week that he intends to retire after the fall veto session. Well, that's a start in the right direction. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1030010569

Editorial: GOP’s fantasy foreign policy

After months of focus on energy policy and the economy, the nation’s attention turned again to foreign policy last week with the invasion of Georgia by Russia. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1030010575

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

MIKE NADEL: CHICAGO - Joe Crede is working his way back from injury, but Ozzie Guillen says there's no room for the third baseman in the lineup. Is that any way for a manager who constantly preaches loyalty to treat a former championship hero and a 2008 All-Star? POSTED.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1030010866

ILLINI: RECRUITING UPDATE: Illinois football recruiting has benefited from a Rose Bowl appearance, but recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell said another bowl trip would make even a bigger difference. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.

For improving traction at Rockford Speedway, Coke is it

LOVES PARK – Things go better with Coke, including race cars. Rockford Speedway proved that last Saturday night when Coke syrup was sprayed on the inside lane in the corners to improve traction. By Doug Goodman of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x220425999