GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (8/31/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com
*Please check this Web site in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.
Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, email@example.com
ICE CREAM SLAYERS: Three teens shot Rockford ice cream vendor Isidro Duran in the back as he tried to run away earlier this summer. The motive was robbery. The teens are in for their first court appearance Thursday. Who are these boys? What drove them to this senseless crime? CURRY/LaCross/ROCKFORD/with mugs 6 p.m./Illinois
LANDMARK DECISION: In somewhat of a landmark decision, appellate court has overturned Illinois human right commission dismissal of donna feleccia’s sexual harassment complaint against the sheriff’s dept. ANTONACCI/SPRINGFIELD/this evening/Illinois News
OTB FUNDS AXED: The governor has “obliterated” the OTB funds from the state budget -- which leaves gaping holes for everything from the zoo to the museum to Forest Park Nature Center. (6 p.m.) TERRY BIBO/KAREN MCDONALD/PEORIA/lllinois
LABOR DAY TRAVEL: (w/pic) This upcoming weekend is a big end-of-summer travel time. Will look at gas prices and offer people other tips to survive the travel-heavy weekend. (15 inches by 5 p.m.) HILYARD/PEORIA/Illinois
FRAUD UPDATE: Several police agencies including Illinois State Police, Knox County and Bartonville Police are working together to find more victims of alleged fraud by a Bartonville-based home repair firm. For nine months the owners of Illini Siding and Windows continued to solicit and accept payment for home repair work without performing the work. Several victims have come forward and there are believed to be many more. (15 inches by 5 p.m.) ANDY KRAVETZ/PEORIA/Illinois
PEPMEYER. The Illinois Department of Labor has determined there’s evidence that the victims economic safety and security act was violated concerning one or more of the complaints filed against Knox County State’s Attorney John Pepmeyer. We’re talking with attorney about this recent development. (10 inches by 7:30 p.m.) BRENDA ROTHERT/PEORIA/Illinois
DAUGHTRY OTW: The former American Idol wannabe is the headline opener for Rockford's On the Waterfront festival, billed as Illinois' largest outdoor music festival. The pre-festival concert is Thursday night, and the event starts in earnest Friday at 5 p.m. Georgette Braun reviews the rocker's performance before thousands of cheering fans. ROCKFORD/PHOTOS SKEDDED BRAUN/Shultz 11 p.m./Illinois News and Travel
GET OUT TO THE LPGA: It’s the final week of August, and that means the 32nd annual LPGA State Farm Classic is under way in Springfield. KANE/SPRINGFIELD
BREAKOUT: Want to go box
Categories: Travel and Illinois Sports/later this afternoon
ST. LOUIS JETS: American connection starting jet service to St. Louis Nov. 4. TIM LANDIS/SPRINGFIELD/this evening/Illinois News
CROWN MINES: Closed, future unclear. DEB LANDIS/SPRINGFIELD/this evening/Illinois News
HOLD THAT TIGER: Coach Gary Pinkel doesn't want to talk big heading into the first game, but Missouri is poised for a big year. The Tigers return quarterback Chad Daniel, the leader of an explosive spread offense, and Missouri enters the season opener against Illinois as the favorite to win the Big 12 Conference's north division. SUPINIE/CHAMPAIGN/Illinois Sports
MIKE NADEL: Cubs-Brewers game. COLUMN/later this evening/Illinois Sports and MIKE NADEL.
ARVIA COLUMN: Writing on Cubs, who face Brewers.
CUBS — Hosting Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. start. Main story and notebook. — VORVA
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COLUMN — CRONIN
BEARS: Coverage of the final exhibition game vs. the Cleveland Browns. Game starts at 7 p.m. SCHRECK/Ruef/ROCKFORD/around 10:30 p.m./Illinois Sports and Bears
ILLINI SEASON PRE: A preview of the football season, which opens on Saturday. TAFT/Ruef 9 p.m./ROCKFORD/this evening/Illinois Sports
EDITORIAL: GOV DID THE RIGHT THING - Given the intense criticism that has been lobbed at Gov. Rod Blagojevich of late, it would probably have been a lot easier for him to just quietly sign Senate Bill 1463 - a bill that would have required each public school classroom in the state to begin each day with a moment of silence. SPRINGFIELD/posted/Illinois Opinions
EDITORIAL: FAT BILL - A national disease prevention group announced some more bad obesity news this week - obesity rates in 31 states last year increased and not a single state showed a decline. SPRINGFIELD/posted/Illinois Opinions
BRITT: Several posted for week. On previous budgets. Check Illinois Opinions.
Coming this weekend
CAPITOL ANALYSIS: WHAT ARE TWO-YEAR SCHOOLS LOOKING TO DO? One Illinois community college could offer bachelor's degrees, and others could run their own student housing operations under separate legislative proposals that have some observers wondering: Are the state's two-year schools looking to change their traditional role?
BREAKOUT: Two house bills
COLINDRES/CAPITOL BUREAU/moving Friday/Illinois Opinion and Illinois News
CAPITOL NOTEBOOK: A five-point review of the week at the Capitol. CAPITOL BUREAUS/Illinois Opinion
STATEHOUSE INSIDER: A column by Doug Finke, capitol staffer. FINKE/CAPITOL BUREAU/moving Friday evening/Illinois Opinion
EDITOR’S NOTE: 5 THINGS TO KNOW WILL NOT BE OFFERED THIS WEEK. Reporter is on vacation.
Regional budget for 8/31/07
GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (8/31/07)