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Children's book tells a familiar story: The child that just won't get up
PEORIA – Ask Billy Young why she wrote and self-published a book about a somewhat extraordinary, though sleepy-headed, boy who can’t drag himself out of bed in the morning and she has a simple, two-word answer: "My son." By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.
ADDED: GOVERNOR VETOES -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich uses his amendatory veto power to revise legislation that would have turned over old Hanna City work camp to Peoria County. He also flat-out vetoes another bill that would let East Peoria and Morton boost their hotel sales taxes to match those in Peoria. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
PAY-TO-PLAY REAX: Lawmakers say the major changes Gov. Rod Blagojevich is making to the ethics bill they passed this spring are worth considering and debating but shouldn't be included in a veto that they now intend to try to override. By the State Capitol Bureau.
OBAMA WATER: How did Downtown Springfield, Inc. end up with the water sale concession for Obama rally? Didn't the rally permit specify that the Obama campaign was to make water available? Did DSI end up making any money? Did DSI at first refuse requests for water from emergency personnel? By Jayette Bolinski of the State Journal-Register.
With: No bottled water: Is it a blanket secret service rule for any appearance by a president/candidate that attendees can’t bring in bottled water? By Jayette Bolinski of the State Journal-Register.
183rd firefighters to stay for another year
SPRINGFIELD – The firefighting unit that serves the 183rd Fighter Wing at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport will stay where it is for at least another year. A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said this morning that Durbin and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama are still seeking a new flying mission for the unit. In the meantime, however, federal officials have approved keeping the firefighters at the airport until September 2009. By Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register.
Judge recuses himself from controversial rape case
PEORIA – Judge James E. Shadid recused himself Tuesday from the case of alleged serial rapist Monterius Hinkle. Shadid recused himself because he made a $250 political contribution to Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons' campaign in April, a fact uncovered this morning by the Peoria Times-Observer. By DeWayne Bartels of the Peoria Times-Observer.
Rockford police search for group of thugs targeting the homeless
ROCKFORD – They are either homeless, disabled or intoxicated — sometimes all three — and the victims of senseless attacks. This summer, the men have been easy prey for a group of young people who batter them from dusk to dawn in the downtown area. By Chris Green of the Rockford Register Star.
Inmate refused seizure medication hours before his death
PEORIA – Peoria County Jail records indicate the inmate who died Friday in his cell refused to take medication for a seizure disorder just hours before his death. By Leslie Fark of the Peoria Journal Star.
Unrest of ’68 replaced with near apathy
GALESBURG – A lot of unrest simmered in the American political cauldron as the Democrats prepared for their 1968 National Convention in Chicago, causing the conflict to boil over into violence between protesters and police, local Democrats say. Now, they say, people feel that being vocal about their complaints is not going to make a difference. By Michelle Anstett of the Galesburg Register-Mail.
Motorcycle dealers scramble to keep up with demand
PEORIA HEIGHTS – Rising gas prices have motivated many consumers to drive vehicles that have two wheels instead of four. The local market reflects that trend. While area car lots may be overflowing with SUVs and other gas guzzlers, central Illinois motorcycle dealers are scrambling to meet demand. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
Average cost for acre of Illinois farmland hits $5,000
SPRINGFIELD – The average cost of Illinois farmland has reached $5,000 an acre for the first time after the fourth-year in a row of double-digit price increases, said a report released Tuesday by the University of Illinois. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
Travel agents feel downturn
PEKIN – The time for summer vacations and exotic destinations has come to a close, and travel agents say they sold less of them because of higher gas prices and the advent of "staycations," where people stick closer to home. By Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star.
Labor groups back incentives for new 'green' subdivision
CHATHAM – Four labor unions are going after a piece of the residential construction market with the groundbreaking Monday for a 33-home, “green” subdivision in Chatham. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
Chef whips up zero-waste kitchen
SPRINGFIELD – Chicago caterer Greg Christian didn’t like to see the tons of food scraps, paper plates, plastic forks and glass bottles generated by his business go into the garbage, but he wasn’t sure recycling and composting would be practical in a commercial kitchen. So he researched the issue, drew up a plan, and today operates a zero-waste commercial kitchen — the first Chicago caterer to do so. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.
Cut out the noise in life to protect your hearing
ROCKFORD – Your mother always told you to turn the music down, and she’s right. Excessive noise is the No. 1 reason for hearing loss, according to Melody Hartman, an audiologist with Swedish-American Hospital. And with iPods, car stereos and loud video games common staples in today’s society, the risk for damaging your hearing is higher than ever. By Sarah Roberts of the Rockford Register Star.
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BRITT: Toon on Bill Clinton at the Democratic convention.
Phil Luciano: Jogging on just wasn’t an option
Sometimes, you try to step up and do the right thing. Other times, you wonder if you screwed things up worse.
Chuck Sweeny: Hillary-Barack ‘feud’ overhyped by media pack
I wondered how much of the “disgruntled Hillary supporters” story being hyped in the news is real and how much is made up by pack journalists who have to fill 24 hours of cable TV “news” shows with manufactured controversies they can call “BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!
Editorial: China a force to be reckoned with
The torch has gone out in Beijing, but in many ways it has just been lit on China’s ambitions and influence in the world. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Obama's V.P. selection inspires confidence
A couple of different theories have been expressed regarding soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden to join him on the ballot, their owners largely determined by their respective political persuasions. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
MIKE NADEL: Jim Thome is still winning games with his bat, still influencing peers with his attitude and still hungry - “starving” might be a better word - to win a championship, the one major goal that has eluded him. "It eats at me," said Thome, who turns 38 Wednesday. POSTED.
ILLINI: FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Developing from press conference with Ron Zook. By John Supinie. POSTED.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: The following stories have been posted.
ILLINOIS PREVIEW: CHAMPAIGN -- It was a first for Illinois quarterback Juice Williams.
Standing there on the turf at the Horseshoe at Ohio State in November, Williams wanted to tell coach Ron Zook that he could get that inch needed on fourth down at the Illini 33-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, but Williams had never challenged a coach's decision. Even if it was a program still trying to claw out of a hole from five years of losing, there was plenty to lose. By John Supinie.
LAURINAITIS: CHICAGO -- Senior linebacker James Laurinaitis didn't return to Ohio State solely to win the national championship, although the title is on his mind. The Buckeyes, the three-time defending Big Ten Conference champs who enter the season ranked No. 2 nationally, returned 18 starters from last season's team that lost to LSU in the BCS national championship game. Then add freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the dual-threat phenom who already impressed the usually conservative coach Jim Tressel to say he would "absolutely'' put Pryor on the field, going so far as to say Pryor has "extraordinary ability.'' But for Laurinaitis, there's more than just taking another shot after losing in the last two national title games. By John Supinie.
BIG TEN CAPSULES: A look at the Big Ten teams. By John Supinie.