Illinois Budget 9.26.08
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Tom Sudore: New Zope manual released.
Mission to Kenya a humbling experience
BELVIDERE – In the slums of Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sharon Thomas saw the aftermath of violent riots that started with a December election. In Chesta, in west Kenya, she saw an infant who was born prematurely and had lived more than a year without ever seeing a physician. But it was something else that Thomas, and the rest of a group from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere and Holy Family Catholic Church in Rockford, saw during their medical mission to Kenya this summer that stuck with them. By Kevin Haas of the Rockford Register Star.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
Statehouse Insider: By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED.
BUDGET MESS: Now that state lawmakers have voted to restore more than $220 million in budget cuts, where does that leave the budget mess? What's next for parks, historic sites and workers set to be closed/laid off, when will the governor act on the bills lawmakers sent him and what will he do, will he call lawmakers back before November, etc. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening for use Monday.
With a sidebar:
LEGISLATION REBUFFED -- From autism and ethics to hospital discounts and food allergies, lawmakers have resoundedly rejected ideas Gov. Rod Blagojevich put into bills through his "Rewrite to Do Right" campaign this summer. But that doesn't mean the ideas don't have legislative support and won't be tried again. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening for use Monday.
State Capitol Notebook: By the State Capitol bureau staff. Will be posted this evening for use Monday.
U of I ethics memo irks some faculty members
SPRINGFIELD – A memo sent to University of Illinois faculty last week, reminding them that campaigning for a particular candidate or political party on campus is unethical, has ruffled some feathers. By Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register.
Chillicothe school stands by selection of war book
CHILLICOTHE – A required reading assignment of a book that contains graphic descriptions of war violence and atrocities in an eighth-grade English course has at least one father troubled by what the school considers age-appropriate literature. By Scott Hilyard of the Peoria Journal Star.
Unemployment up but medical field hiring
SPRINGFIELD – Health care continues to hire. A state report released Thursday found unemployment was up across Illinois in August, including in the Springfield area, with health care the notable exception for the local market. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
High court allows hog farm near Rochester
ROCHESTER – A ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court will allow Rochester farmer Bob Young to proceed with a controversial plan to raise thousands of hogs on his property west of Buckhart. By Debra Landis of the State Journal-Register.
Cupcake captivation: Individualized treats sweeten up conventional cakes
There’s a new kid in town that's challenging the dessert monopoly of his more traditional counterpart: the cake. A cupcake revolution is afoot. As they gradually increase their market share, cupcakes are being seen as a more unique and casual alternative to a three-tiered monstrosity. By Jessica Young of Suburban Life Publications.
Peoria surgeries seen live in Las Vegas
PEORIA – Quiet on the set . . . and lights, camera, scalpel! A team of doctors and other medical workers at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center turned two operating rooms into quasi-television sets Thursday featuring scrubs-wearing cameramen and microphones alongside sterilized catheters and monitors. By Frank Radosevich II of the Peoria Journal Star.
Mom on ‘Little People, Big World’ says ‘everyone has to lighten up’
You’re at the mall, and you see a dwarf with a big shopping bag trying hard to hoist it onto a table in the food court. You want to help, but you’re concerned you might offend the person. Don’t worry about it, says Amy Roloff, the mother in the TLC reality series “Little People, Big World.” By Georgette Braun of the Rockford Register Star.
Busted! How to handle fibbing children
Many parents who bust their kids’ little white lies aren't particularly compelled to re-enact the Spanish Inquisition. Yet they want to address the issue before their tykes get into the habit of fudging the truth. But it can be hard to find a happy medium when dealing with minor infractions. So what’s a parent to do? By Jessica Young of Suburban Life Publications.
BRITT: Toon on taxpayers carrying the load on the Wall Street bailout. Will be posted this evening.
Wood on Words: We are one vocal nation
It’s prime time for “vox populi.” We’re finally in the homestretch of the run for office, that part where most politicians are genuinely interested in what citizens are thinking.
Michelle Teheux: Thanks for nothing, Congress
What kind of idiot decides to issue coupons that expire about the time the goods become available? That’s exactly what Congress did with its coupons for TV converter boxes.
Dave Bakke: Anniversary had familiar ring to it
A wedding ring is just a symbol, isn’t it? Wearing a wedding ring or not wearing a wedding ring actually has no effect on the love between two people or the strength of their marriage. Still, after 46 years of wearing the same wedding ring, losing it can be painful.
Phil Luciano: Neighborhood association fires first volley at Bradley students
The burgeoning Greek Row war between permanent residents and Bradley University students first sparked a few weeks back when the Moss-Bradley Residential Association fired the first volley.
Elizabeth Davies: Maybe we should watch our wallets
Gas prices are rising, groceries are getting expensive and the stock market is downright depressing. So whaddya doing with that new iPod?
Editorial: 183rd is still a vital asset to Illinois
It may take some time to set in, but Springfield skies certainly won’t be the same now that the aircraft of the 183rd Tactical Fighter Wing have departed. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Saturday’s Indians-White Sox game if it is a potential elimination from playoff competition for the White Sox. He will also be writing from Sunday’s White Sox game if it is a potential elimination or division-clinching game; if not, he will be writing from Sunday night’s Eagles-Bears game.
ILLINI: Illinois senior defensive end Will Davis knows a little bit about getting a late jump on things. After not playing football until he transferred to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., for his junior year, Davis later learned three classes from the charter school he previously attended weren't accredited. It forced Davis to stick around for an extra year to complete the classwork. During a second senior season, essentially a redshirt year in high school, Davis grew into a major-college recruit. Stands as preview for Saturday’s Illinois-Penn State game. With preview capsule. By John Supinie. POSTED.
INSIDE THE LINES: Peoria Journal Star sports editor Bill Liesse takes an irreverent look at this weekend’s NFL games. POSTED.
Sunday Quick Shots: The White Sox need a center fielder -- how about trading for forgotten Angels outfielder Gary Matthews this winter? ... People without cable can't watch Cubs -- or any other baseball team -- in the first round of the playoffs on WTBS. ... Carlos Zambrano shows maturity by saying more than willing to pitch in the third spot in the playoff rotation. .... White Sox injury woes were greatly exaggerated. ... Matt Forte not being overused by the Bears. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.
Beating blitz key to Bears beating Eagles
The Bears’ biggest worry on an offense full of worries was supposed to be their patchwork offensive line. And that was before they were due to meet a Philadelphia team that had nine sacks in its last game. Nine! By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. For use Sunday. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x121598937
Rejuvenated McNabb leads Eagles’ youth movement
Donovan McNabb was supposed to be gone by now, traded to the Vikings, Bears or Ravens as the Eagles went younger and turned to 2007 second-round pick Kevin Kolb. Instead of yielding to a youth movement, McNabb is leading those youth for a rejuvenated Philadelphia team ranked No. 2 in the NFL in ESPN’s power rankings. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.