GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (9/25/07)
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, email@example.com
DALEY-CASINO. CHICAGO – Mayor Richard Daley crossed off three potential locations for a Chicago casino Monday as he tempered his criticism of residents who oppose a new children's museum in Grant Park. The mayor said he would keep a casino from attractions where children visit; he ruled out Navy Pier and Northerly Island and the city's convention hub, McCormick Place. RAMSEY/CHICAGO BUREAU/Category: Illinois
MADIGAN PREGNANT: Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces that she and her husband, Pat Byrnes, are expecting their second child in March. She'll take a brief leave of absence after the child is born. COLINDRES/CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois
NORQUIST IN TOWN: Luncheon speech at noon, Inn at 835. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/with photo/Illinois News
MENAGERIE SUIT DUE TO 50 ANIMALS: 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 and could drive down their property values. WETTERICH/SPRINGFIELD/photo checking/Illinois News
RICKEY WEIR back in court at 2 p.m., supposedly some more interesting stuff about his fraud case and/or Nigerian escape attempt. ANTONACCI/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois News
FIRE VOLUNTEERS PACKAGE: Most fire departments across the Rock River Valley are experiencing what their brethren nationwide are; A shortage of volunteers to staff departments. Volunteers have to meet an increasing set of standards and regulations which has resulted in an 8 percent decrease nationwide in the number of volunteer firefighters. What does it mean in terms of service in the local area? Who are these people that do volunteeer and why do they do it? ROBERT BAXTER/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, words 750 ready now
HOW TO: Interested in becoming a volunteer or finding out more; here's who to call and Web sites with more info.
WHAT’S IT TAKE? What does it take to be a volunteer firefighter in Illinois.
HALO OPENS: (Info to help papers localize) Sales of the hottest new video game, HALO 3, begins at midnight. Talk to retailers, game enthusiasts, etc. REPORTER/ROCKFORD/Illinois News
RELYING ON GM: A strike at General Motors doesn't just affect the company and its workers, it trickles down to the companies that supply the U.S.'s No. 1 automaker as well as the dealers that sell its cars and trucks. ROCKFORD/Illinois
TRAIN TRIP: (w/pic, w/video?) Construction is forcing the Wheels of
Time museum to move its 131-ton locomotive, which it never intended to
do. As a result the museum is having to fix the track today, in hopes of
moving the big train. Will head out there, see what is going on and
update nearby construction. (merits; by 5 p.m.) SZOKE/PEORIA/Illinois News
SMELL THAT SMELL: (w/locator map?) Roanoke residents likely not
pleased when they learn not one but two hog confinement facilities are
being proposed outside of town to the northeast and northwest. Efforting
details of the facilities. This same issue caused huge stink several
years ago. (merits; by 9 p.m.) HANEY/PEORIA/Illinois News
MACKINAW MAILBOX BAN: The ban on mailboxes in Mackinaw will most likely be
lifted during a meeting tonight. Residents have complained about being
forced to buy a P.O. box and having to drive into town each day because
of the 1998 ban on boxes at homes. (merits; by 9:30 p.m.) SAMPIER/PEORIA/Illinois News
COP CARS: (good one to localize) Blagojevich announced almost $800,000 for in-car police
equipment. Many of our local departments got money (in city and
stateland) including Bartonville and Chillicothe, which each got about
$18,000, among the higher amounts. (merits; by 8 p.m.) RADOSEVICH/PEORIA/Illinois News
TOLUCA PLANT CLOSES: Follow on closing of Toluca Garment Co., which closed
its doors Friday, putting 100 employees out of work. The plant has been
operating in one form or another since at least 1925. We'll effort
something from the owner, who didn't return calls Friday night, follow
up with union to see if they've heard whether employees will be getting
last two weeks of pay and talk to other businesses in the town to see
what impact they fear the closing will have. (Merits) by 8:30 p.m.
NADEL COLUMN - Nadel column, TBA late afternoon. Categories: Illinois Sports and Mike Nadel.
WITH THE ILLINI: Illinois sports notebook column. Led with football. SUPINIE/CHAMPAIGN BUREAU/Illinois sports and Big Ten.
CUBS: Will hit on a point Zambrano recently made about money players coming through during this stretch. Vorva hopes to have a creative look at the top five salaried players on the team and how they've done in this 12-game stretch. W/MAGIC NUMBER/STANDINGS ˜ VORVA
CUBS NOTEBOOK ˜ V0RVA
ARVIA COLUMN - On offense-defense schism on Bears.
LADEWSKI COLUMN: Rex is our quarterback.
SOX ˜ Off day. WHALEN
EDITORIAL: NOT A KIND YEAR FOR BLAGO: The never-ending legislative session of 2007 has not been a kind one to Gov. Rod Blagojevich. This was the session where Blagojevich decided universal health care would be his top priority, ... With healthy Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, could it be the year that such a massive program might actually pass? No. SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions
BRITT CARTOON: GOP office of smear and sleaze. SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions
BAILOUT SEMATICS: A day after the Federal Reserve chopped its most important interest rate by half a percentage point, a newspaper headline proclaimed, 'Experts: Rate cut not a 'bailout.''Really? What do we call, then, a decision that immediately sent the Dow Jones industrial average surging by more than 330 points, and had pit traders on Wall Street grinning from ear to ear? PEORIA/Illinois Opinions
WE LIKE TO WATCH: There are many angles from which to ponder Monday's
tasering of a University of Florida student. Ultimately, we think the
most interesting angle is that there are literally so many angles of
this incident available for viewing. PEORIA/Illinois Opinions
THE NOTORIOUS 'OBL': Does Osama bin Laden fancy himself a rock star? PEORIA/Illinois Opinions
Regional budget for 9/25/07
GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (9/25/07)