Illinois budget 2.26.10
Illinois budget 2.26.10
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please check http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.
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STORM COVERAGE: How to give a big storm the big package treatment online.
WEEK IN WEBCUBE: WebCube Moments of the Week for Feb. 26, 2010.
READER PHOTOS: 'Celebrities and Me' gallery gets readers submitting their moments with the stars.
LEDE PROGRAM: Leadership Series 2010: The LEDE.
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VETERANS BENEFITS: Matt talks with a few Gulf War veterans at an event in the Capitol Rotunda for a sidebar with an AP story about the federal government reconsidering disability claims years after their service. By Hopf. Will be posted this evening.
- For weekend use:
SPECIAL PLATES: Lawmakers once again are catering to constituency groups with proposed laws to create more specialty license plates on Illinois roads. We look at these new ideas, why they're needed and what criticisms are out there about these and those already on the roads. Hopf/Guidroz.
- With a breakout covering some of the new license plate ideas.
STATEHOUSE INSIDER: By Doug Finke. For Sunday. Will be posted this evening.
IL SPEAKS OUT: Now that Gov. Pat Quinn has launched his budget site, complete with public comments section, what are people saying? A look reveals growing frustration, anger, bitterness, but overall, great concern expressed by Illinois residents from all parts of the state. The ball of emotion is directed at lawmakers (no surprise), the administration, unions and state workers. Amidst all this are suggestions to try and put Illinois back on the right fiscal path including raising the state sales tax, a personal tax, closing the University of Illinois Springfield and a common one, changing the state pensions to a 401(k) model with the state providing a match. Lawmakers and the governor's office offer their thoughts on what the public has so far submitted -- and the emotions expressed. By Feldt.
_w/ a sampling of some of the suggestions from residents in our greater Statehouse readership (Rockford, Peoria, Springfield areas); and how does the administration determine whether these posters are who they say they are? Why or why not?
_w/what is it about open comment sections on Web sites that brings out (sometimes) the worst in people?
_w/ the Web site address
EBERT: Despite health problems, Roger Ebert still has a voice - I like to think of film critic Roger Ebert as a sieve. When Hollywood releases a film, it's probably going to go through him. And after taking in a flick and sharing his thoughts, his readers are left with just the stuff that they can use - a solid opinion, a little humor, an idea of whether or not they'll be wanting to shell out their money to take a look themselves. By Danielle Hatch.
MOVIE MAN: Getting old was tough in 1937, too - In the past four weeks, I’ve devoted columns to bloodthirsty gangsters, foul-mouthed politicians, flesh-eating zombies and, well, more flesh-eating zombies. Clearly, we could use a change of pace.And that’s exactly what this week’s DVD, “Make Way for Tomorrow,” is. DVD column by Will Pfeifer.
SOCIAL CLUBS: Social clubs try new strategies to stay relevant - Members of fraternal/social organizations say they are not the clubs your father remembers. By Dave Bakke.
- Localize it: Get information, quotes from local clubs that are mentioned.
BRITT: Toon TBA.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Tiger’s job no ordinary job - It was a different Tiger Woods who came before us recently. He wasn’t cocky or overconfident, guarded or skeptical.
WOOD ON WORDS: Human parrots not so great - Many parrots are colorful birds, and some of them can be taught to say colorful things. But we assume that such a bird doesn’t really know what it’s saying. By Barry Wood.
KELLY EPPERSON: Why would someone steal my peace sign? - I don’t condone any kind of theft, of course, but when people steal money, jewelry or easy-to-unload electronics, I understand the system. Their thievery is about cash, plain and simple. But stealing a peace sign off a car?
- For Saturday
BREATHING ROOM: Illinois could assure itself a top 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with a victory over Minnesota Saturday. Serves as ILL-Minnesota preview. With preview capsule. By John Supinie. Moving by 6 p.m.
ILLINI NOTES: A notebook including items on former guard Jamar Smith, Richard Semrau's decision to leave the program at the end of the year. By John Supinie. Moving by 6 p.m.
- For Sunday
GAME STORY: Illinois vs. Minnesota. Tipoff 3 p.m. Game story with quotes and report card moving by 7.15
- For Monday
ILL Q&A Follow.
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