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Illinois congressmen weigh in on health care
SPRINGFIELD – As September arrives, politicians will soon be returning to Washington, D.C., to take the next step on the burning national debate over health care reform. GateHouse News Service asked five Illinois congressmen five key questions about the health care issue to give readers more insight into how their representatives view the debate. Those asked were Senators Dick Durbin and Roland Burris; Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria; and Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island. Compiled by the GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau.
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STATEHOUSE INSIDER: By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. For use Sunday.
Specialty businesses turn Manito into a renaissance town
MANITO – The village of Manito may be off the beaten path, but travelers from Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and even Japan are finding their way to the rural Mason County town to visit its winery, pottery studio, restaurants, bakery, confectionery and specialty shops. By Ann Gorman of the State Journal-Register.
'Permeable pavement' among DNR's examples of how to go green
SPRINGFIELD – When even the driveway can “go green,” you can be certain the revolution in sustainable landscaping is in full swing. In an effort to set an example, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reviewing plans to revamp the landscaping around its headquarters building. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.
'Nerds' shoot for video glory in MTV contest
SPRINGFIELD – A music video put together by 10 recent Glenwood High School graduates has become the top viewed entry in an online contest to win an MTV Video Music Award Moonman. Matt Hartzler and Jake Giganti co-produced the video, “Nerds in Disguise,” which was selected as one of five finalists in the Pepsi Rock Band Music Video Contest. If their video earns the most online votes, Hartzler, Giganti and their eight collaborators will win a free trip to the video music awards ceremony in New York on Sept. 13, as well as the Moonman trophy. By Amanda Reavy of the State Journal-Register.
Danielle Hatch: Adding a twist to the drive-in
Like a sequel you’ve waited a really long time for, the drive-in movie theater is making a comeback. Central Illinois native Phil Doubet — who has equipped his 2008 Toyota Yaris with the sort of technology that lets one project movies onto the sides of barns and other such places — is part of a “guerilla movement” to bring back this pop culture icon.
Video Vault: Blind faith in moviemaking turns into tale of epic failure in 'Audience of One.'
One of my favorite films is 1999’s “American Movie,” which tells the story of Mark Borchardt, a guy who’s been obsessed with film since before he can remember. “Audience of One,” a 2007 documentary now on DVD, tells a story that’s both similar and completely different. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
Band finds its Irish sound in a kitchen
PEORIA – John Kennedy’s music is his hobby, his full-time job, his family history. It’s the wallpaper in his home. The musician formed Kennedy’s Kitchen 10 years ago in South Bend, Ind. Band practice takes place — you guessed it — in the kitchen of Kennedy’s 1957 ranch-style home. By Danielle Hatch of the Peoria Journal Star.
BRITT: Britt is off Friday and Monday.
Wood on Words: Sometimes, protest can be a positive thing
Is “anti-war protester” a double negative of sorts? Since “anti-” means “against” and “protest” means “to object to,” doesn’t that make an anti-war protester someone who objects to being against war? There’s nothing wrong with the logic here, but it’s insufficient grounds for banning this common phrase.
Elizabeth Davies: It’s time to let Brett Favre go
It was Game Day in Green Bay, and the party was on. For several blocks on either side of the Packers’ stadium, Lambeau Field, the streets were a sea of green and gold. Team hats, jerseys, beads, shoes — there weren’t many fair-weather fans in the crowd. There was, however, the distinct scent of bitterness hanging in the air.
Editorial: Quinn’s moves only muddle ‘clout list’ mess
When the existence of a secret “clout list” of politically connected applicants to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign became known in May via The Chicago Tribune, it was immediately obvious that swift action was necessary to restore credibility to the university’s admissions process. Gov. Pat Quinn did the right thing in convening the Illinois Admissions Review Commission, which conducted hearings that exposed the inner workings of the clout system. But Quinn then did the wrong thing in demanding that all remaining U of I trustees resign immediately. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: Legislators shouldn't preserve tuition perk
Reports earlier this week that some state lawmakers had given out plum scholarships at state universities to the children of campaign donors and political allies came as no surprise. In fact, the examination done by The Associated Press turned up pretty much the same results that prior investigations over the years had produced. But that doesn't mean the discoveries are uninteresting, or that they don't provoke yet another wave of frustration at these century-old benefits that the folks we send to Springfield are allowed to dole out. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Time to scrap often-abused legislative scholarship program
As the state takes the ax to a scholarship program for low-income students, it is inexcusable that legislators continue to hand out their favorite perk, tuition waivers.
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted Saturday for use Sunday.
Bears struggle to find continuity in secondary
LAKE FOREST – Three of Chicago’s four linemen and two of its three linebackers have started together for five years. If that’s not enough, the Bears added a pair of third-round draft picks to the line the last two years and brought in the Rams’ leading tackler at linebacker. That leaves the secondary, which is as unsettled as the rest of the Bears’ defense is established. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
Cutler, Orton add extra element to Bears-Broncos preseason matchup
LAKE FOREST – This one is harder to dismiss as just a preseason game, as old friends, new enemies and a national TV audience spice up the Bears’ longest dress rehearsal Sunday night in Denver. Jay Cutler returns to play in Denver for the first time since being traded to the Bears for Kyle Orton and draft picks. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
FULL CIRCLE: When Canton native Dave Downey receives the Jerry Colangelo Award on Friday, he completes a full circle from an Illinois basketball player who was Colangelo's teammate to becoming a successful businessman in Champaign-Urbana. By John Supinie.
AT THE CROSSROADS: Illinois and football coach Ron Zook head into their fifth season together. The Illini could use a winning season to show progress and keep the program moving forward under Zook. In his first four seasons, the Illini have posted three losing records. By John Supinie. For use Sunday.