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State Briefs 12/07/09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to return to Rockford AirFest

ROCKFORD — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are returning to AirFest in 2010, while the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be here in 2011.

AirFest 2010 is July 31 and Aug. 1 at Chicago Rockford International Airport, according to an announcement at the International Council of Air Shows convention on Monday. The Thunderbirds last were here in 2008.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights also will perform. Other performers are to be announced.

AirFest 2009 had a record 160,000 in attendance, boosted by perfect weather, a rare glimpse of an F-22A Raptor and the most performers in show history.

Rockford Register Star

Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin to kick off tour in Peoria

PEORIA – Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin will kick off a co-headlining winter tour at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Peoria Civic Center Arena. Also on the bill is Flyleaf.

Tickets are $39.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Three Days Grace's most recent release is "Life Starts Now," featuring the song “Break." The band's self-titled debut album was released in 2003 and generated the hits “I Hate Everything About You,” “Just Like You” and “Home." The band released "One-X" in 2006.

Breaking Benjamin is supporting its fourth album release, "Dear Agony."

Peoria Journal Star

‘Road to WrestleMania’ to come to Peoria

PEORIA – Who needs dinner and a movie on Valentine's Day? Those interested in treating their loved one to a different kind of ring may want to consider WWE RAW's “Road to WrestleMania” tour, which comes to the Peoria Civic Center arena at 3 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Tickets are $17, $22, $32, $42 and $62 and and go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

RAW superstars scheduled to appear include John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, MVP, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, The Miz, Legacy and Jack Swagger.

Peoria Journal Star

Quinn halts calls after some go to state telephones

SPRINGFIELD – The campaign of Gov. Pat Quinn has temporarily halted making automated campaign calls after it came to light that some were going to state office telephones.

The calls to those telephones were inadvertent, said Quinn campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Austin.

“Apparently some of those calls went to offices because people had used their office numbers instead of their home numbers when they registered to vote,” Austin said, and the automated calls were going to numbers listed on voter registration records.

She said she knows calls were being made in the Springfield area, and they were stopped as soon as the campaign learned that some state office phones were getting those messages.

The automated calls asked in part for people to press a number if they wanted to volunteer for Quinn’s 2010 election effort.

The campaign is now purging telephone numbers from its call list if those numbers have prefixes that indicate they are state lines.

State Journal-Register