Illinois Budget 5.11.09

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

News Service localization tip: Atomic scientists looking for recognition.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/news-service-localization-tip-atomic-scientists-looking-recognition

Front page gallery for May 11.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/front-page-gallery-may-11-2009

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT:

Fears of crackdown have ammo, guns flying off the shelves

PEORIA – As the owner of Midwestern Firearms Company in East Peoria, John Meek aims each business day to sell as much ammunition as he can to responsible owners of handguns. Lately there's been one big hitch in his business model. He has no ammunition to sell. By Scott Hilyard of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Are local gun shops seeing an increase in business?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x342391359

ILLINOIS NEWS

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

State Briefs. News from around the state. Will be posted by 6:30 p.m.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x362992366

ARREST RECORDS: The Illinois State Police says it's now more forthright in handing over requested details about arrests its troopers make but isn't swinging the door on such information wide open. The agency also is working on a Web site to be put up in the next few weeks that would include arrest report information, a spokesman says. By Eric Naing of the State Capitol Bureau.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1393572064

ILLINOIS BUSINESS

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

Older workers hope employers see age as bigger gain than pain

ROCKFORD – Mark Swisher is a 54-year-old engineer who’s worked for Caterpillar, Rockwell and most recently Ecolab. He was laid off in January and has been looking for work ever since.His phone wasn’t ringing much in February or March, but traffic has picked up a bit now. He’s in the midst of a stretch of three interviews he’s hoping will lead to a job. If he was just a few years older, though, he knows he’d be in more trouble. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: How are older workers in your area handling being out of work?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1194166411

Church resources seen as critical for some to survive slump

ROCKFORD – When Mark Kendall lost his job as a hospital administrator in 2003, he turned to the re-employment networking group at Holy Family Catholic Church for support. After about nine months of unemployment, he began his own leadership consulting firm. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1993049901

To fight infections, Rockford hospital removes Bibles, phone books from rooms

ROCKFORD – You won’t find any familiar books inside the drawers in patient rooms at Rockford Memorial Hospital these days. The Bibles and phone books usually found there have been removed as hospital officials continue their quest to prevent secondary infections in patients. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: Are local hospitals removing books from rooms?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1393571280

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES

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

Graduation a family affair for mom, three kids

SPRINGFIELD – College marks a turning point for many families. Children start going their separate ways. Parents enter the strange silence of the empty nest. Except if you're the Keldermans. This May, Mary Keldermans and three of her and her husband Steven’s six children all graduate from area colleges — two from Lincoln Land Community College, one from the University of Illinois at Springfield and one from Benedictine University. By Pete Sherman of the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1518873385

Grad balances class, work, cancer battle

PEORIA – At age 22, Natalya Campbell received startling and eye-opening news: She had breast cancer. "That was a wake-up call to do something," Campbell, now 27, recalled this week. Undergoing a bi-lateral mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy, the Peoria woman beat the cancer. And six months later, with the help of a friend, she enrolled in classes at Illinois Central College. By Dave Haney of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1393571486

ILLINOIS OPINIONS

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BRITT: Local toon.

Jeff Vrabel: The gluttonous, sugary buffet of cable television

For a number of reasons, we've never gotten cable. But last weekend I joined my son Jake in a few good hours of solid American TV absorption, because I have no idea what The Kids are watching these days, and also because it was the sort of hot out that turns you into a blubbering pile of flan on the couch.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x1393570399

Editorial: It's up to Quinn, not Madigan, to fumigate

Who thought fumigating state government under Gov. Pat Quinn would be this hard? Who thought fumigating state government under Gov. Pat Quinn would be this hard? On Thursday, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, with the support of Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, introduced a bill to fire about 3,000 state employees who are exempt from the Rutan Supreme Court decision that bans hiring based on political affiliation. But any move such as this should come from Quinn, not Madigan. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1194166151

Editorial: Twitter's fine, but we prefer the long view

When you have only 140 characters you don't have much space to make your point, but we'll embrace the Twitter phenomenon while trying today. An estimated 20 million use the technology to send out short bursts - called tweets - telling people what they think or what they're doing. It's a fine diversion to a point, if you like that kind of thing. But existence and use do not guarantee social or informational relevance. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1993049890

Editorial: Watch the road, not your fingers, phone or book

Why do we need laws on distracted driving? Because of drivers like Kelcie King, that’s why. In February, the State Journal-Register in Springfield asked Miss King, a senior at a Petersburg high school, if her attention was always focused on her driving. King tries to pay attention, the story said, but “circumstances can distract her, like having to put makeup on while driving because of a time crunch. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x342391337

ILLINOIS SPORTS

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

ILLINI:

WITH THE ILLINI: Notebook column led from Illinois athletics tour stop in East Peoria Monday night. Coach Ron Zook is the lead speaker. Notebook will also include basketball, softball. By John Supinie. Will be posted by 9:30 p.m.