Illinois Budget 12.31.08
Illinois Budget 12.31.08
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please check http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.
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- Casey Laughman is off this week
- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870, email@example.com
ILLINOIS BUDGET ONLINE: The daily Illinois budget can be found online at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/budget. Budget updates will be posted there.
Best of GHnewsroom 2008: Our favorite GateHouse videos: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/best-ghnewsroom-2008-our-favorite-gatehouse-videos
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SENATE SEATS FOR SALE: Gov. Rod Blagojevich might deny selling the state's U. S. Senate seat, but "Al the Jeweler" is hopeful the public will want to buy plenty from him. By John Sharp. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x131783257/Senate-seats-for-sale-Jeweler-satirizes-Blago
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
BLAGO/BURRIS FOLO. Story likely will touch on various aspects of yesterday's naming of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate seat. For instance, observers are offering mixed views on whether Secretary of State Jesse White's refusal to certify the Burris appointment really would keep Burris out of the Senate. By Doug Finke. Will be posted this evening.
NEW LAWS: An overall roundup of new state laws taking effect on Jan. 1. Story has a brief lead-in, then categorizes selected new bills according to subject: Crime, Health, etc. By Adriana Colindres. Will be posted this evening.
BABY DEATH: Babysitter pleads not guilty to killing toddler. By Chris Dettro. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1621229888/Babysitter-pleads-not-guilty-to-killing-toddler
TRAIN TRAFFIC: Chicago-area train traffic set for adjustment. By Dan Petrella. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1277302803/Chicago-area-train-traffic-set-for-adjustment
BEAR ON THE LOOSE: Bureau County’s elusive black bear has surfaced once again, and this time someone got pictures. By Dave Clarke. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2094347021/Black-bear-resurfaces-again-east-of-Neponset
DINO-MITE! National Geographic lauds Burpee dino finds. By Georgette Braun. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2094347250/National-Geographic-lauds-Burpee-dino-finds
INTERLAKE TROUBLES: 230 jobs could be leaving Pontiac if the city's sixth-largest employer isn't successful in selling the business. Naperville-based Interlake Material Handling Plant announced to employees on Monday that it faces closure if a potential buyer doesn't secure the financing it needs to buy the facility. By Lisa Coon. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1060493020/Pontiac-could-lose-230-jobs-at-Interlake-plant
RESOLUTION SOLUTIONS: How to stick to your goals in 2009. By Andrea Zimmermann. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1277298765/Resolution-solutions-How-to-stick-to-your-goals-in-2009
POP QUIZ: Think you know pop culture 2008? Take this quiz to find out. By Brien Murphy. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1277298782/Think-you-know-pop-culture-2008-Take-this-quiz-to-find-out
ODE to a New Year’s resolution. By Bob Ellis. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1060488209/Ode-to-a-New-Year-s-resolution
CHRIS BRITT is off this week, but he did a special cartoon on the Blago-Burris incident: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1060492145/Britt-cartoon-On-Blagojevichs-appointment-of-Burris
EDITORIAL: If you doubted indicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich could find another way to immerse himself in contempt, he disappointed you. By The Journal-Standard. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x131783201/Editorial-Burris-should-know-better
EDITORIAL: Roland Burris must now be wondering whether he's made the biggest mistake of his political career. By the Journal Star. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x512369994/Editorial-The-political-job-absolutely-not-worth-taking
EDITORIAL: Rod Blagojevich is a non-homicidal version of The Joker from the summer blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” They have one thing in common: a desire to shock people and sow discord. By The State Journal-Register. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x131783269/Editorial-Rod-The-Joker
CHUCK SWEENY: Roland, we hardly knew ye, and ye won’t be senator. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1621230113/Chuck-Sweeny-Roland-we-hardly-knew-ye-and-ye-won-t-be-senator
EDITORIAL: Any choice by this governor would be the wrong choice. By the Rockford Register Star. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x2094347244/Editorial-Any-choice-by-this-governor-would-be-the-wrong-choice
KELLY EPPERSON: Happy New Year! Ring it in with glad tidings. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x512370176/Kelly-Epperson-Happy-New-Year-Ring-it-in-with-glad-tidings
- Today: No column.
- Thursday: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings at Wrigley Field.
- Today: Illinois won't be able to fly under the radar any more after an overtime win at No. 9 Purdue on Tuesday. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.
- Thursday: No stories.
BEARS: The Bears’ biggest needs and their chances of filling them. By Matt Trowbridge. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x1277303821/Safety-WR-pass-rush-Bears-top-offseason-concerns
PAINFUL FUN: Fantasy football just as agonizing as the real thing. By Joey Baskerville. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x131783196/Fantasy-football-just-as-agonizing-as-the-real-thing
KIRK WESSLER: Time to hand out the Kirk & Jerk Awards. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1621229862/Kirk-Wessler-Time-to-hand-out-the-Kirk-Jerk-Awards