GHNS Illinois Budget (6/11/08)

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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

The New England group has launched a Parents & Kids Web site. See more details at http://ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1213150036

GateHouse Media’s 28-page bridal section is now available on the news service. See more details at http://ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1212976679

Writing coach: Read Casey Laughman’s writing coach blog at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?aid=16.

NATIONAL

COMING THURSDAY: Another in our Money Squeeze series.
PAIN AT THE PUMP: If American drivers are annoyed, dismayed or actually homebound by gas that’s broken the $4-a-gallon mark, they definitely should steer clear of Europe. But in Europe, that $9 a gallon pays for a lot more than gas. By Lauren FitzPatrick of GateHouse News Service.
WITH: art, breakouts

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

When twilight comes, it's time to feed the snakes

EQUALITY – During the winter Jim and Karen McLain take care of their rufous hummingbird that has set the state record for length of time over wintering. During the summer he tends to other creatures that are not so charming. By Brian DeNeal of the Harrisburg Daily Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x120337212/When-twilight-comes-its-time-to-feed-the-snakes

ILLINOIS NEWS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news

STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x833709315/State-Briefs-6-11-08

MISSING WOMAN DEAD: Follow-up to the death of MeLisa Cleary, 30, the Mackinaw mom found dead Monday next to Logan County railroad tracks. By Leslie Fark of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.

PRICEY PAVING: The cost of asphalt -- directly tied to the cost of a barrel of oil -- is increasing and causing public works departments to scale back on this summer's paving projects. By Scott Hilyard of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.

LAW LICENSES: Who’s licensed to practice law in Illinois? None of your business. That's what the state Supreme Court has told a company that assigns grades to lawyers and posts them on the Internet. The company says it has obtained lists of lawyers from at least 30 states with hardly a squeak, but the Illinois Supreme Court stands alone in refusing to release a list of licensed attorneys to the company, which has hired a lawyer to force the Supreme Court to cough up. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.

IMPEACHMENT MEMO: The consensus appears to be that Michael Madigan’s talking points for impeachment memo is just more Madigan vs. Blago politicking and posturing; still the issue doesn’t go away, and doesn’t bode well for a state with a budget out of whack and a slowing economy. A governor has never been impeached in Illinois, though maybe a judge or two. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau.

More Americans bringing own grocery bags

SPRINGFIELD – The frequent grocery-store question of paper or plastic has a trendy new answer: “Neither — I brought my own.” By Nicole Milstead of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1196185065/More-Americans-bringing-own-grocery-bags

ILLINOIS BUSINESS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_business

Flooding could cut yields in half in some areas

SPRINGFIELD – Flooded farm fields in central Illinois and across the Midwest helped drive corn prices to a record high for the fourth day in a row Tuesday, and analysts warned it could mean higher prices at the supermarket later this year. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x816776884/Flooding-a-two-edged-sword-for-farmers

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_lifestyle

Retired doctor finds new passion in art

ROCKFORD – For years, Dr. L.P. Johnson delivered the babies of Rockford. He cared for the elderly, treated the ill and was there when someone was in an accident. He primed hundreds of doctors for their careers in medicine. By Elizabeth Davies of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1857755685/Artwork-in-doctor-s-care

Woman turns love of pool into two jobs: business owner and player

ROCKFORD – If you were thinking of making a friendly wager for a pool game with that petite girl at the next table, watch out: She just might be Angie Voorhees. By Elizabeth Davies of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x816777391/Rockford-woman-turns-love-of-pool-into-two-jobs-business-owner-and-player

ILLINOIS OPINIONS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions

BRITT: Toon on Midwest farmers dealing with the rain. Will be posted this evening.

Phil Luciano: Baby sitter Cleary like a 'second mom'

To little Rylan Morman, MeLisa Cleary wasn't just a baby sitter. "She was Rylan's second mom," says a tearful Brooke Morman, mother of the 16-month-old lass. "We called MeLisa her second mom."
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1763545829/Luciano-Baby-sitter-Cleary-like-a-second-mom

Dave Bakke: Blame it on the rain

Starting with the theory that weather affects mood, then the mood in central Illinois has been dark and stressful.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1872703779/Dave-Bakke-Blame-it-on-the-rain

ILLINOIS SPORTS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports

MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Wednesday’s news conference to introduce new Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro. Will be posted this evening.

ADDED:

Wolfe misses 'good friend' Benson

LAKE FOREST -- After Cedric Benson was released Monday, even more attention might be paid to Garrett Wolfe. By Reed Schreck of the Rockford Register Star. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x222985159/Wolfe-misses-good-friend-Benson

Bears notes: Brown happy to see Urlacher

Bears notes from Wednesday, June 11. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x513605940/Bears-notes-Brown-happy-to-see-Urlacher

For Father’s Day, U.S. Open sure beats a necktie

EAST PEORIA – East Peorian Paul Kessler will celebrate his first Father's Day working as a volunteer at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. By Greg Stewart of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x902826545/For-Father-s-Day-U-S-Open-sure-beats-a-necktie