Illinois Budget 12.21.09
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NEW TAX SERIES: Check out the four-part series of pages on GateHouse News Service Niche.
David Arkin: 9 ideas for 2009 year-end countdowns
Make the most of your holiday photo opportunities
SPRINGFIELD – We all have digital pictures that are too bright, too dark, your brother’s eyes are closed, your aunt’s mouth is agape, etc. It's easy to delete bad photos from your digital camera. But wouldn't you like to make every shot a keeper? Here's how. By Shannon O’Brien of the State Journal-Register.
State Briefs. News from around the state.
Breathalyzers installed in cars of thousands of offenders
ROCKFORD – A year into a state DUI law, 6,100 first-time offenders have installed Breathalyzer devices on their vehicles so they could continue to drive. Police and state officials applaud the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device program, which kicked in Jan. 1, and aims to keep intoxicated drivers off the road and prevent recidivism. By Matt Williams of the Rockford Register Star.
This week at the statehouse:
No daily stories planned.
For the weekend:
Statehouse Insider. By Doug Finke. Will be posted Thursday evening for use Sunday.
GOVERNOR’S RACE-REFORM: A look at what the gubernatorial candidates have to say about ethics and reform. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted Wednesday evening for use in weekend editions.
Novice inventor hangs her hat on Smart Hook
ROCKFORD – When Dian Valentine of Rockford lost her job as a special-education teacher, she decided to start looking through some of her past ideas. The one that seemed most promising was The Smart Hook, a decorative aluminum latch that can be used to fasten purses or backpacks to shopping carts, wheelchairs, fences, chairs or to hang them from countertops or bathroom stalls. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.
Marathon tattoo session could be one for the world record books
ROCKFORD – Nick Thunberg’s body was swollen and sore after a marathon tattoo session where he endured more than 52 hours of needle on skin. Artist Jeremy Brown was sleep-deprived, back-cramped, and raw-fingered from gripping the machine over the course of three days. The fruits of their labor could be a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. By Kevin Haas of the Rockford Register Star.
Dentists try to remove anxiety from office visits
SPRINGFIELD – Your dentist knows you'd rather be almost anywhere else than at your checkup. That's why they take various steps to make you feel more relaxed. By Dan Naumovich of the State Journal-Register.
Use your mobile phone to see if your front door is locked
SPRINGFIELD – While a home security’s monitoring center could let a homeowner and authorities know when things are amiss at home, now iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones, laptops, computers, PDAs and other Web-enabled devices can control security systems and help offer a direct link to homeowners — even if they are nowhere near the house. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
Brien Murphy: What's your favorite song about Jesus' birth?
Some of our most enduring Christmas songs have us jingling all the way while chestnuts roast on an open fire and reindeer paws click, click, click up on the housetop. Christians, of course, observe more than a visit from Santa Claus later this week — they celebrate the birth of the man they believe is their spiritual savior. With that in mind, what are the most popular songs about Jesus’ birth?
BRITT: Britt is on vacation.
Jeff Vrabel: Eliot Spitzer can save journalism
Worry no more, Journalism Industry, I have the solution to all of our job-related woes, a single-step way to further your journalism career and secure a high-profile job in a major-market metro: just sleep with Eliot Spitzer, for money.
Editorial: We don't need a law, just a remote control
Between the war in Afghanistan, an economy limping out of recession, double-digit unemployment, financial regulatory reform, a gargantuan budget deficit and - oh, yeah - the one-sixth of the economy affected by health care reform, you'd think that Congress would have plenty on its plate. Not so, unless you classify TV commercials among the legion of pressing issues out there. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Here's hoping health bill isn't an expensive nothing, posing as something
Whatever you think of health care reform, it's galling to think that a single guy can hold up everything or fundamentally alter any bill's substance, as Joe Lieberman - the filibuster-proof 60th vote in the Senate - has with health care legislation. How in this democracy did we end up with government by a minority of one? An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Senators, wise up and kill the bill
Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska has agreed to vote for the health care reform bill in the U.S. Senate, giving Democrats the votes they need to pass the bill. However, a final vote has not been taken yet, so there’s still time for senators to come to their senses and kill the bill. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
Editorial: Closing Guantanamo right thing to do
Despite the partisan hysteria, President Barack Obama’s plan, announced this past week, to transfer roughly 100 Guantanamo Bay detainees to Thomson Correctional Center is one that may prove to enhance our nation’s security, not hinder it. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
NFL Quick Shots. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport column on Illinois athletics. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.