Illinois Budget 10.03.08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at Please check in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.

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EMBARGOES: Please note that if a story has an embargo in the short story or editor’s note field, it cannot be published online or in print until that date. If you are unclear about an embargo note, please contact Casey Laughman.


David Arkin: We are blogging next week as Leadership Series class comes to town


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


Train of Thought: A ride on the City of New Orleans shows what is shaping voters’ choices

Each presidential election year, Rockford Register Star Political Editor Chuck Sweeny takes a trip to discover what’s on voters’ minds in the Midwest and beyond. This year, he hit the rails. He chose Amtrak’s City of New Orleans from Chicago to the Big Easy — a 19-hour ride — because he likes the song of the same name by Steve Goodman. Find out what folks on the train and in New Orleans had to say. With videos and photo packages.


STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.

For Sunday:

VOTER COUNTDOWN: Illinois voters have until Tuesday (Oct. 7) to sign up to vote in the November election, but they'll still have plenty of other opportunities to sign up and vote early in the coming weeks if they don't make it right away. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.

Statehouse Insider: By Doug Finke. Will be posted this evening.

For Monday:

BALLOT QUESTIONS -- From recall and tax increases to new tracks and concealed weapons, more than 270 referenda will face Illinois voters statewide this November when they go to the polls. That's lower than recent general elections, the State Board of Elections says, but there's still plenty of interesting and unusual questions facing voters. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau.

State Capitol Notebook: By the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.

Attorneys question wrong witness in deputy discipline case

PEKIN – After nearly an hour of being grilled by attorneys during suspended Deputy Jeff Bass' disciplinary hearing, Chief Deputy Dick Ganschow was allowed to leave when attorneys realized they'd been questioning the wrong man. By Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star.

Mobile exhibit brings Lincoln to you

GALESBURG – Once you enter the “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” exhibit, it’s easy to forget you’re standing inside the back end of a big rig. By Jane Carlson of the Galesburg Register-Mail.


Physicians Immediate Care capitalizes on need for quick treatment

ROCKFORD – Coughs and sneezes, even broken bones and bruises, are increasingly being treated by medical personnel at immediate-care clinics, and one local organization has expanded its practice into Chicago and beyond. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.

If they build the Peoria museum, the Duryea car will come

PEORIA – The Peoria Regional Museum Society plans to donate the 1898 Duryea automobile displayed at the Downtown library to the Peoria Riverfront Museum if or when it gets built on the former Sears block Downtown. The $136 million project, which includes a separate Caterpillar Inc. Visitor's Center, is currently $47 million short of a ground-breaking ceremony. By Scott Hilyard of the Peoria Journal Star.


Female surgeon hopes to help women’s heart health

ROCKFORD – Dr. Karen Thompson is a medical minority of one in Rockford. As a female cardiothoracic surgeon — the first in the Rockford area — she is also a rarity among women doctors in terms of chosen specialty. According to Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the U.S., only 187 of 256,257 women doctors practicing in 2006 were in thoracic surgery. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.

Musicians bring Civil War music to life

Talk with Springfield’s Charles “Stonie” Stoneking about the high, bright marches and heartwarming hymns played during the Civil War, and it’s clear that music played a far greater role than to delight and inspire troops. By DiAnne Crown of the State Journal-Register.

Show celebrates 100 years of great show tunes

SPRINGFIELD – On Saturday night, “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” is bringing some of musical theater’s greatest hits to Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. By Brian Mackey of the State Journal-Register.


BRITT: Toon on the Palin/Biden debate. Will be posted this evening.

Michelle Teheux: Alcohol attitudes need a shot of common sense

“Demon rum” is alive and well. Though Prohibition ended in 1933, still we persist in viewing alcohol not as something that can add a small pleasure to everyday life but as something inherently evil.

Elizabeth Davies: Fast-food lesson we should borrow from the Dutch

If you knew someone was watching your backside at the fast-food counter, would you still order a Big Mac? In the Netherlands, researchers may be onto something. They’ve set up an entire cafeteria, called the Restaurant of the Future, where monitors track diners’ eating habits, decisions, weight — and yes, whether they’re eating a calorie-laden meal or not.

Phil Luciano: In search of Patchy, a one-eyed tavern thief

It's not every day I look for one-eyed, tavern-thieving hookers. Most days, I avoid them - not from any moral compunction, mind you, but because most of the one-eyed hookers I know tend to bore me to death.

Editorial: Aren't Cubs tired of being baseball's goat?

Oh, for gosh sake, just let the goat in, would ya? If Chicago's Cubs are not the most self-inflicted-injury franchise in all of professional sport, we'd like to know which one is. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

Editorial: Flu shots good for young and old

Public health officials bet if they can stop the spread of the flu among children this season, they will make inroads into an illness responsible for 200,000 hospitalizations each year. So the message is clear: If you are a parent of children aged 6 months to 19 years old, get them vaccinated — for their own protection as well as everyone else’s. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.


MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Saturday’s Dodgers-Cubs playoff game in Los Angeles and Sunday’s game (if necessary). Column will be posted about 10:30 p.m. and updated if necessary.

ILLINI: Nine years ago, a rare win against Michigan helped the Illinois football program start its rebirth. Now, the Illini look to avoid going 0-2 in the Big Ten. But to do it, they have to beat a team that has dominated the series over the last 50 years. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.


Despite slow start, Hester confident that big plays are coming

LAKE FOREST – Third-and-9, covered by All-Pro Asante Samuel in a tie game, Devin Hester raced down the sideline and made a fingertip grab of a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton. For one brief, exciting moment, Hester flashed that receiving talent the Bears have been talking about for two years. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.