GHNS Illinois Budget (5/28/08)
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Another in our Money Squeeze series:
WHAT DIFFERS: How does this economic downturn compare to recessions of the past? It may not be the Great Depression, but whether it pinches like the early 1990s, punches like the double-digit inflation of the early 1980s or leaves us begging for gas like the 1970s remains to be seen, economists say.
TO LOCALIZE: Get folks in your town to compare what they’re feeling now to past downturns. By Lauren FitzPatrick/ GHNS national news reporter
Filmmaker takes a swig of beer pong
Never played beer pong? Then you’re probably 27 or older, or so says Dan Lindsay of Los Angeles, a Rockford native who is somewhat of an expert on the drinking game that is especially big in college towns. It’s not that he’s a champion beer pong player. Rather, he directed a documentary about them. It’ll premiere next month at an edgy film festival in Las Vegas. By Georgette Braun of the Rockford Register Star.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
HANNA CITY CAMP: Plan to turn over state-owned property to Peoria County, which wants to house inmates there, moves a step closer to becoming law. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. POSTED.
BETS ARE OFF: A bill to expand harness racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds stalled today in a Senate committee, which makes it unlikely the bill will pass this year. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
PENSION REFORM: A House bill calling for police and firefighter pension disclosure and pension board member ethics reform finally passed unanimously through a House committee after months of negotiations between legislators, public safety unions and the Illinois Municipal League. By Meagan Sexton of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
BIODIESEL: Senate committee approves multi-faceted legislation that, in part, is meant to help a proposed biodiesel plant in Peoria County. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
PELO TRIAL: Trial of Jeff Pelo continues. Defense attorney successfully challenges a state witness and the jury hears from a woman who claims Pelo stalked her, although he wasn't charged in connection with the allegation. By Matt Buedel of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.
PUBLIC SUICIDE: An East Peoria man shot himself Tuesday evening as police attempted to serve him papers for an order of protection. He has been identified as Wilson Bering IV. It was his 43rd birthday. The question is what caused the shooting? By Leslie Fark, Erinn Deshinsky and Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening. An story on the shooting itself is posted at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1353501588/Man-shoots-himself-while-police-try-to-serve-protection-order
Bullet crunch hits police departments
As police practice firing their weapons, the officers must be more careful than ever not to shoot wide of another target - their budgets. By Joe Crawford of the Peoria Journal Star.
Second threat in a week could cancel Freeport graduation
FREEPORT – Freeport District 145 may cancel its graduation ceremony because of a bomb threat. A recorded message to parents from Freeport High School Principal David Thake warned the school had received a "written anonymous threat." Thake said the writing claims a bomb would go off during Saturday’s ceremony at Pretzel Stadium. By Jason Carson Wilson of the Freeport Journal-Standard. UPDATED with the announcement that the school will hold the ceremony.
Witnesses say boy hit by train 'couldn't get out of the way'
ABINGDON – Three people who witnessed an Amtrak train hit and kill Shawn E. Stone-Garzee Monday night said they have no idea how or why the 13-year-old boy ended up in front of the engine. By Tom Loewy and Michelle Anstett of the Galesburg Register-Mail.
BRITT: Toon on McCain and his lobbyist problem. POSTED.
Editorial: HIV/AIDS still demands attention
By the mid-1990s, HIV/AIDS had permeated the nation's psyche. After the previous decade of fear, paranoid confusion and misinformation, America was coming to grips with this epidemic through books ("And the Band Played On"), movies ("Philadelphia") and theater ("Rent"). The red ribbon was easily synonymous with AIDS awareness. More and more people got tested for HIV. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Better safe than sorry with lead rules
Last summer the toy maker Mattel recalled nearly a million toys when it learned their Chinese manufacturer had covered them with lead paint. While the company sought to reassure American parents that two-thirds of the affected toys never even reached retail stores, some 300,000 lead-coated toys already were in the hands of kids. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
MIKE NADEL: CHICAGO - When John Paxson said he'd leave no stone unturned in his search for a new coach, we didn't think he meant it literally. The Bulls GM seems intent on interviewing every man, woman and child around for the job. POSTED.http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x1346454726/Mike-Nadel-Bullish-on-any-coach-with-a-pulse