GHNS Illinois Budget (5/27/08)
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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
Guns a-blazin': Buyback program results in destruction of hundreds of guns
The idea of a gun buyback, during which Springfield residents could turn over their unwanted weapons to police, no questions asked, turned out to be very popular. By Jayette Bolinski of the State Journal-Register. With video of the guns being burned.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
STATEHOUSE COUNTDOWN: This is the last scheduled week of the session – after Friday, supermajority votes will be required to pass most legislation. The countdown: Four days to go and why the Saturday deadline is important; three biggest issues; two reasons they might not make the deadline; and one reason (the November elections) they might. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau.
PELO TRIAL. (mug available) Another alleged rape victim of Jeff Pelo's is expected to testify today as his trial in the rapes of four and stalking of a fifth woman continues in McLean County Court. By Matt Buedel of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.
WHO REFUSED?: A look at the results from the first "No Refusal" weekend, where drunk drivers are court-ordered to give their blood to check their level of intoxication. By Andy Kravetz and Leslie Fark of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted.
Vietnam War unites childhood neighbors
Two men who grew up near each other in Rockford, knew many of the same people, even dated the same girl at different times, never met until they served together in Vietnam. By Chuck Sweeny of the Rockford Register Star. With video.
Students go hunting for Oneota evidence
A group of college students will soon unearth artifacts at the Emiquon Preserve to learn about the people who called it home more than 500 years ago. By Brenda Rothert of the Peoria Journal Star.
Body may be missing teen
LINCOLN – Authorities may have recovered the body of a missing Lincoln teen. Billy Ray Eskew, 18, went missing the morning of May 13 during a camping trip with friends on the banks of Salt Creek just south of Lincoln. A boater spotted a body in Salt Creek Monday afternoon. By Erin Frost of the Lincoln Courier.
As boating season begins, officials on lookout for intoxicated operators
PEORIA – The downtown Peoria riverfront was dotted with pleasure boats drifting along the Illinois River this Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial beginning of boating season. By Erinn Deshinsky of the Peoria Journal Star.
Company blossoms by adopting green practices
The back parking lot at Specialty Screw Corp. used to flood every time it rained hard, leaving the rear shipping dock under a few feet of water. By Nate Legue of the Rockford Register Star.
Vending machines not just for chips anymore
The vending industry has come a long way since the days when you cranked a handle to get a six-and-a-half ounce bottle of Coca Cola for a nickel. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
BRITT: Toon on firefighter pensions and the taxpayers who fund them. POSTED.
Terry Bibo: You might get picked up, but not that dead deer
In a hurry? Taillight out? Seat belt off? Watch yourself. You may be more likely to get picked up than the dead deer rotting on Illinois' highways. Perhaps for the same reason - public budgets are crunched.
Editorial: Politics over principle again
There’s an old saying that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” It has been honored by many an American president, of both parties. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: Congress doesn't have courage to change farm policy
It's not often these days that we find ourselves agreeing with George W. Bush. But the president was dead-on Wednesday when he attempted to kill a bloated piece of legislation called the Food and Energy Security Act, better known as the farm bill. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Ethiopians call Rockford home, but await a father, daughter
Coming to America for twins Ananya and Azaria Habtemariam and their younger brother, Kaleab, meant crossing the Atlantic Ocean from their African homeland of Ethiopia. By Coleen Martin Williams of the Rockford Register Star.
Surprise family reunion 'a dream come true'
In the July issue of Foundation, Richard and LaTanya Seabrook, both 31, were featured with their two daughters, Aniyah and Zion. On March 13 LaTanya received a telephone call that changed her life forever. By Charlyne Blatcher Martin of the Rockford Register Star.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing Wednesday for Thursday editions. Topic TBD.