GHNS Illinois Budget (8/28/08)

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Faceoff: How to handle casual language in quotes.

Tom Sudore: Zope to release multi-photo uploader.


Matt Trowbridge: Playing nine in a golf graveyard

ROCKFORD – Forget U.S. Open rough. Or even British Open gorse. Neither can match the fairways at Trestle Creek Golf & Country Club in Paw Paw, which has turned from a "wonderful amenity" to an ancient ruins of golf in the three years it's waited for a buyer. Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star plays a round and finds that the course brings a whole new meaning to rough. With video.


STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.

BUDGET CUTS -- The Blagojevich administration announces plans to close a dozen historic sites throughout Illinois as of Oct. 1 and cut 38 jobs, but some Springfield-area Abraham Lincoln attractions are being spared. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. With breakout. POSTED. Will be updated.

Swim team says restrictions on morning practices a disadvantage

MACHESNEY PARK – Because the Harlem School Board pushed back the school start time this year, morning practices are limited to two days a week for 30 minutes each. That has members of the swim team saying that the team is at a disadvantage because other schools can practice in the mornings. By Cathy Bayer of the Rockford Register Star.

County gets new voting machines to replace unusable equipment

SPRINGFIELD – Pallets stacked with new voting equipment were wheeled into the basement of the Sangamon County Complex Wednesday in preparation for the Nov. 4 election. Sangamon County had to obtain new voting machines after the State Board of Elections ruled the county couldn’t use the more than 900 machines it purchased for $2.7 million three years ago.

Best-selling author shares goal to counter extremist schools

ROCKFORD – David Oliver Relin is a writer but he entertained with movie-director skill Wednesday night at Rockford College before a full house of 600 people who came to hear his lecture. Relin and Greg Mortenson co-authored the long-running best-seller, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time.” Relin and Mortenson are involved in efforts to build schools in Central Asia to counter schools that teach extremist ideals. By Georgette Braun of the Rockford Register Star.

Pawnee woman first to reach her rank in Illinois National Guard

A Pawnee woman made history Wednesday when she became the first woman in Illinois National Guard history to attain the rank of chief warrant officer 5. By John Reynolds of the State Journal-Register.

Schock picks up Farm Bureau endorsement

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, has been endorsed by the political arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau in his run for the U.S. House from the 18th Congressional District. By Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register.


Peoria official pushes for wind power as city's main energy source

PEORIA – Craig Hullinger, economic development director for the city of Peoria, is urging area civic and government leaders to determine the feasibility of making wind power the city's chief energy source. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.


Sydney’s story: Inoperable brain tumor more than just statistics

ROCKFORD – Sydney Ives’ life changed in May with one CT scan. She had been feeling overly tired and her mom, Tasha, noticed her usually chatty 9-year-old had become less so. Tasha chalked it up to a recent bout of strep throat. During her first piano lesson, Sydney lost the use of her right hand. That’s when Tasha suspected a more serious problem. Doctors diagnosed Sydney with anaplastic astrocytoma, an aggressive inoperable brain tumor. The past three months have been a whirlwind of doctors’ appointments, surgeries and radiation. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star. With video.

Couple finds sense of community in historic building

DELAVAN – Delavan is one of those rare locations in central Illinois prairie country — not en route to anywhere yet managing to age with vitality and grace. No radical face lifts. No massive downtown redevelopment. The historic and the modern manage a genteel coexistence. One key to this dignified little prairie town is second story living space, a notion embraced by sculptor Morgan Elser. The artist and her husband, John, have restored eight historic homes and built one in the past 19 years. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.


BRITT: Toon on Lincoln's reaction to the nomination of Barack Obama. POSTED.

Chuck Sweeny: Hillary backs Obama, or does she? Who knows?

Hillary Clinton did exactly what she had to do Tuesday night, and not a word more, to preserve her status as a viable presidential candidate in 2012 or 2016.

Phil Luciano: Hurricane hinders help for Haitians

Dick Hammond is ready to jump into the worst mess of his life. Hammond, founder of the Peoria-based Friends of the Children of Haiti, has been stalled in Miami as Hurricane Gustav and its aftermath have been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean country.

Pam Adams: Catching up with Carol

You'd think her name might come up this election cycle. With all the talk about a certain rock-star politician from Chicago, you'd think her name might have been mentioned. When it comes to women, high political office, and 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, you'd think she'd at least get the where-are-they-now treatment.

Editorial: Good ideas, wrong tactics on ethics bill

We can't deny that Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some good ideas when it comes to curtailing “pay-to-play” politics in Illinois. But in tacking them all onto an ethics bill that was years in the making — and that the General Assembly passed without a single no vote — Blagojevich has taken the wrong approach to making them law. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

Editorial: Governor’s ethics ‘executive order’ is a total sham

In its spring session, the Illinois Legislature passed a comprehensive ethics reform measure to shed the light of truth on all areas of state government. It was a bipartisan effort that sailed through the Senate and the House. We wish we could say we’re happy our governor signed the bill. But no. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.


MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Thursday’s Phillies-Cubs game. Column will be posted about 10:30 p.m.

ILLINOIS-MISSOURI: John Supinie and Mike Nadel will be writing from Saturday’s Illinois-Missouri game in St. Louis. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Story and column will be posted about 10:30 p.m. and updated.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: The following stories have been posted.

ILLINOIS PREVIEW: CHAMPAIGN -- It was a first for Illinois quarterback Juice Williams.

Standing there on the turf at the Horseshoe at Ohio State in November, Williams wanted to tell coach Ron Zook that he could get that inch needed on fourth down at the Illini 33-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, but Williams had never challenged a coach's decision. Even if it was a program still trying to claw out of a hole from five years of losing, there was plenty to lose. By John Supinie.

LAURINAITIS: CHICAGO -- Senior linebacker James Laurinaitis didn't return to Ohio State solely to win the national championship, although the title is on his mind. The Buckeyes, the three-time defending Big Ten Conference champs who enter the season ranked No. 2 nationally, returned 18 starters from last season's team that lost to LSU in the BCS national championship game. Then add freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the dual-threat phenom who already impressed the usually conservative coach Jim Tressel to say he would "absolutely'' put Pryor on the field, going so far as to say Pryor has "extraordinary ability.'' But for Laurinaitis, there's more than just taking another shot after losing in the last two national title games. By John Supinie.

BIG TEN CAPSULES: A look at the Big Ten teams. By John Supinie.