Illinois Budget 10.01.08
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Check out our 16-page hunting and fishing guide for the Fall 2008 season. This publication is packed full of great hunting and fishing stories, including hunting deer with a muzzleloader, extreme fishing with a bow and a great must-have gadget page. The publication also includes a feature on women hunters, and their growing interest and participation in the sport.
HEALTHY LIVING: Pumpkins: Think outside the pie http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x555999695/Healthy-Living-magazine-Think-outside-the-pie
Nearing the century club, great-grandfather has plenty to celebrate
ROCKFORD – It was Thanksgiving Day in 1908. In a modest home in central Rockford, a woman put Thanksgiving dinner on the table for her husband and four sons. Then she headed for her bedroom, where she proceeded to give birth to a boy. Nearly 100 years later, that baby boy is still a proud Rockford resident and looking forward to joining the elite ranks of centenarians. By Elizabeth Davies of the Rockford Register Star.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
STATE INVESTMENTS: The state Board of Investment is proposing changes to the way the state employee deferred compensation plan is handled. But two Springfield representatives have introduced a resolution to stop the changes, which they think will put the plan's money into the hands of a private operator. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED.
LITCHFIELD DEPLOYMENT: A National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan received a sendoff ceremony Wednesday. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.
License plate thefts spike as thieves use them to commit drive-offs
ROCKFORD – Jim Ditsworth thought it was odd that a Loves Park police officer called him last week to ask him the color of his wife’s car. That is, until he called his wife at work and learned that the license plate on her car had been stolen. By Corina Curry of the Rockford Register Star.
Pharmacy prescribes good service, milkshakes
MACHESNEY PARK – The stainless steel soda fountain, the antique glass bottles containing such flavors as cherry and vanilla, and the maroon barstools lined up in front of the countertop at the North Park Pharmacy bring back fond memories for Barry Thomas. The Loves Park resident tries to get to the pharmacy as often as he can so he can pick up a vanilla milkshake. Thomas said he thinks the old-fashioned soda fountain in the pharmacy is the only one left in the area. By Katie Backman of the Rockford Register Star.
‘No need to panic’ despite mortgage company’s freeze on cashouts
ROCKFORD – Local banks are reassuring customers that their accounts are safe, even after the financial crisis plaguing Wall Street reverberated through a local mortgage company that had to hold off jittery investors last week. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.
TV journalist Jane Pauley shares pains, joys of bipolar disorder
ROCKFORD – Mental illness is a medical illness, and it’s treatable. That was Jane Pauley’s message Tuesday to several hundred people who attended Janet Wattles Center’s Annual Celebration of Mental Health Fundraiser. By Chris Green of the Rockford Register Star.
Trading Post: Pick tomatoes and pick a recipe
Now is the time to use up those backyard tomatoes, before the frost sets in. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.
Cook’s chili the stuff of dreams
SPRINGFIELD – After tinkering for years on a recipe for the perfect chili, it came to Richard Zillion in a dream. “I went to bed one night and dreamed the formula. I got up, wrote it down and then went out and bought the spices. I finally hit on it,” said Zillion, a lifelong chili aficionado who sells his bottled spice blend — Zillion’s Chili Bowl Chili Mild Seasoning Mix — at a number of regional outlets and farmers markets.
BRITT: Toon on casinos blaming the smoking ban for falling revenue. POSTED.
Dave Bakke: Nativity scene in Capitol raises questions
Four years ago, a Jewish menorah was put on display in the rotunda of the state Capitol. This year, plans call for a nativity scene in the Capitol. Whether you think the Capitol rotunda a proper place for the display of religious symbols or not, the secretary of state’s office simply requires a permit from a private organization and takes an open stance on what is acceptable.
Editorial: Film icon Newman both anti-hero and hero
In a modern Hollywood populated by celebutantes and bad reality TV stars, Paul Newman inhabited a different orbit. The venerable actor was a member of an ever-dwindling fraternity whose members got their start in the 1950s and '60s and had the stamina and self-awareness to stick around for decades. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: There is no magic; Congress must act on financial plan
In a conference call Tuesday with the Rockford Register Star Editorial Board, Sen. Dick Durbin kept using medical terms to refer to the financial mess the country is in and the rescue package pending in Congress. The analogy is good. The sooner the American people understand how sick the economy is — and how much life support is needed — the better. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
Editorial: City right to bill Obama
The city of Springfield is correct in seeking to recoup security expenses from presidential candidate Barack Obama’s Aug. 23 campaign rally at the Old State Capitol. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: Kudos to architect for getting Old State Capitol on penny
Forty years after being the mastermind for the Old State Capitol’s restoration, Springfield architect Wally Henderson continues to be a ferocious advocate for the building. His most recent achievement on behalf of the historic structure was to convince Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and other bigwigs to prevail upon Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to overrule the U.S. Mint and put the building on a new commemorative Lincoln penny. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: Peoria taxpayers won't get Schock treatment
Republican congressional candidate Aaron Schock came to his political senses Tuesday, saying he'd reimburse local taxpayers for the $38,000 they spent providing extra police protection and other city services to President Bush when he appeared at a private fundraiser for Schock back on July 25. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Wednesday’s Dodgers-Cubs playoff game.
ILLINI: TURNING THE CORNER: Michigan wants to know if the upset victory over Wisconsin last week signaled a step forward for a program in transition under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez. The Wolverines host Illinois Saturday. By John Supinie. Moving this evening.
BEARS: Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register State will be writing a mainbar and notebook from Halas Hall Wednesday. Will be posted this evening.