GHNS ILLINOIS Budget for 9/26 editions
GHNS ILLINOIS Budget for 9/26 editions
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com.
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, firstname.lastname@example.org
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QUINN FLAP: Chicago - Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said his boss's administration is being "bone-headed" by cutting $100,000 in assistance to a state program that helps local governments pay for heart defibrillators. Quinn and Gov. Rod Blagojevich have become politically estranged amid the recent battle over a state budget and how to pay for it. Ramsey. Evening/Illinois and Illinois News
GM SUPPLIERS adopt wait-and-see stance. Rockford. On wire now/Illinois and Illinois News
UAW STRIKE today. GARY/Rockford. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
APPLE ORCHARDS: How to spend a fall day at a local apple orchard. What apples are in season now, and what orchards have to offer. ROBERTS/Rockford. With photos and local breakout. 6 p.m. /Illinois and Illinois News
REVERSE BATMAN: Gotham City had Bruce Wayne. Metropolis, Clark Kent. Everyday men who led secret second lives as mysterious, uniformed crimefighters, uprooting corruption in the corridors of power as often as they beat down a punk in a dirty back alley. Chicago -- an altogether darker place -- isn’t so lucky. But it does have Second City Cop, a kind of Batman in reverse. Janssen, Southtown. On wire now / Illinois
LAWSUIT RESPONSE: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is asking the courts to dismiss a lawsuit over Gov. Rod Blagojevich's authority to set the date and time of special sessions. In a cover letter to House members, Madigan took a shot at Blagojevich. "It is in the best interest of any democratic republic that incipient tyrannical behavior and tendencies be recognized and rebuked whenever they rear their ugly heads ..." Madigan wrote. Finke. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
AMEREN STORMS: The Illinois Commerce Commission is meeting this afternoon in Springfield to hear from Ameren officials about the company's response to the Aug. 23 storms that hit Galesburg and other places particularly hard, knocking out electricity. Colindres. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
WELLER HOPEFULS: Tari Renner, an Illinois Wesleyan University professor who ran for Congress as a Democrat against GOP incumbent Jerry Weller, is eyeing another run now that Weller is retiring. He says his decision depends largely on whether state Sen. Debbie Halvorson, a Democrat, enters the race. Trying to reach Halvorson. Colindres. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
MENAGERIE SUIT (possible): From Margaret Avenue in the Frey subdivision on Springfield's far west side, chickens, ducks, geese and other animals can be seen scurrying around the backyard of Sheri McLean and Stan Westphal in the 900 block of McKibbin Lane. They also have two goats, rabbits and guineas, according to neighbors, who say the total number of animals tops 50.For that, 18 of them are suing McLean and Westphal in Sangamon County Circuit Court, saying that the presence of so many animals violates the subdivision's covenants. WETTERICH/SPRINGFIELD/photo checking/Illinois News
BUYER BEWARE: Sierra Club has sent letters to dozens of Midwest communities, including Chatham, warning they could get stuck with any increased costs for the Peabody Energy plant in southern Illinois if they invest in the plant (Chatham happens to be among Illinois communities part of the deal through the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency). Tlandis, Springfield
COUNCIL: 4 A.M. VOTE. The Peoria City Council votes on the 4 a.m. liquor district expansion tonight. At-large Councilman Eric Turner believes neither recommendation from the Liquor Commission nor the Peoria Police Department will be approved. SHARP, Peoria. Late / Illinois and Illinois News
CONSTRUCTION CAREERS: The Construction Industry Career Expo starts today, and we'll be down there this morning while District 150 kids are visiting. The four-day event provides students an opportunity to look at careers in the construction industry. More than 1,200 kids from Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton are expected to attend. JELLICK, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
BUY BACK (possible): Checking with police to see if they are going forward with this weekend’s planned gun buy-back (there seemed to be some question) and when it will be. RADOSEVICH, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
NO BREW: The Bloomington City Council has denied a liquor license request for a new Bloomington cinema on a 5-4 vote. We'll talk to council members who voted for and against the license and get comment from cinema owner. DOUBET, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
GUARD RETURNS: About 70 members of the Bloomington-based 33rd Military Police Battalion return to town Thursday to a celebration. BUEDEL, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
NADEL is off today
WESSLER COLUMN: On Jim Thome memorabilia. Wessler/Peoria. Evening. /Illinois Sports, Sports Columns
ILLINI FOOTBALL: Notebook on Illinois as it prepares to host No. 21 Penn State Saturday. SUPINIE/Champaign/Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving early evening.
MINOR LEAGUES: Illinois and officials with the independent Frontier League are negotiating about the possibility of bringing minor league baseball to Champaign. The deal would help the athletic department by improving the stadium, which in turn could help recruiting and building a bigger fan base. SUPINIE/Champaign/Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving early evening.
QUICK SHOTS by Reed Schreck. Look at the NFL. Rockford/Evening
BEARS: Pass defense concerns the Bears. Trowbridge, Rockford. On wire now/Bears and Illinois Sports
NSTC: Jeremy Lepak will attempt to successfully defend his National Short Track Championship title Sunday at Rockford Speedway. Rockford. On wire now / Illinois Sports
CUBS NOTEBOOK: Southtown. Evening / Cubs and Illinois Sports
SOX NOTEBOOK: Southtown. Evening / White Sox and Illinois Sports
‘FUNKY’ BUILDINGS: A look at some of Springfield’s unusual structures. Embargoed until Sept. 28. On wire now / Illinois and Illinois News