Illinois Budget 8.20.09

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please check www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.
 
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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

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Seeking applicants for the GateHouse Newsroom Your Big Idea Series: Share the best and brightest ideas from our newspapers with the rest of the company in an on-the-record conversation and receive high-level management training that will help you put a new big idea in place.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/seeking-applicants-gatehouse-newsroom-your-big-idea-series

Thursday’s front page of the day: The State Journal-Register.
http://ghnewsroom.com/front-page/state-journal-register-named-gatehouse-front-page-day-thursday-aug-20

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT:

Kathryn Rem: A tour of filmmaker Hughes’ Chicago spots

CHICAGO – On the day I snapped a photo of the Winnetka house where the movie “Home Alone” was filmed, director John Hughes died. I had wanted to visit Hughes movie locations for years. But it was only this month that motivation and unused vacation time intersected, propelling me north for a long weekend in and around Chicago, the city so beautifully showcased in many of Hughes’ films.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x772310323/Kathryn-Rem-A-tour-of-filmmaker-Hughes-Chicago-spots

ILLINOIS NEWS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news

State Briefs. News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
 
REPUBLICAN DAY: State Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna overshadows Republican Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair by resigning his post immediately, setting up another challenge for a party trying to make inroads in Democrats' political dominance and get behind a pack of officials who want to be the top leaders going into 2010. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.
 
ILLINOIS BUSINESS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_business

El Paso wind farm could be out of air

EL PASO – The deadline for the special-use permit for development of a 36-turbine wind farm near El Paso expired Tuesday. County zoning director John Hamann said that in a phone call Tuesday, a representative of Pattern Energy said the company would not be able to pull the project off. By Catharine Schaidle of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x640871362/El-Paso-wind-farm-could-be-out-of-air

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_lifestyle

State fair's musical acts can’t always get what they want

SPRINGFIELD – When Van Halen was selling out arenas in the 1980s, there was an odd clause in the band’s contract: “There will be no brown M&M’s anywhere in the backstage area or immediate vicinity, upon pain of forfeiture of the show with full compensation.” It made the band seem like the epitome of rock star prima donnas. But in singer David Lee Roth’s 1997 memoir, “Crazy From the Heat,” he explained that the ban on brown M&M’s wasn’t simply celebrity pettiness. Other bands are also particular in what they request, and state fair acts are no exception. By Brian Mackey of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2145968635/State-fairs-musical-acts-can-t-always-get-what-they-want

Sleep 'vital' to good health

ROCKFORD – You eat right, work out and have reined in your bad habits. Still, you run out of energy by mid-afternoon. If that’s your story, you may be guilty of the most overlooked, unhealthy practice in America — getting too little sleep. People who function on less than seven to eight hours of sleep each night are making life more difficult than it needs to be, said Dr. Jonathan O’Neil, a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at Rockford Health System. By Geri Nikolai of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x640871412/Sleep-vital-to-good-health

Controversial remark leads national arts leader to Peoria

PEORIA – The new head of the National Endowment for the Arts will find out firsthand how his recent controversial remark about Peoria theater is playing in Peoria. Rocco Landesman accepted an invitation from Suzette Boulais, executive director of ArtsPartners, and will visit Peoria in early December.Landesman created controversy - especially in the local arts community - after making what some perceived as a slighting remark about the central Illinois arts scene in an Aug. 8 article in The New York Times. By Gary Panetta of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1528804159/Controversial-remark-leads-national-arts-leader-to-Peoria

ILLINOIS OPINIONS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions

BRITT: Topic TBD. Will be posted this evening.
 
Amanda Jacobs: Sometimes more than a Band-Aid is needed

Have you ever wondered whether or not a bandage would be sufficient treatment for your illness or injury? Well, don’t worry — the good folks at Band-Aid have got you covered. Each box of Band-Aid bandages bears the following message: “For medical emergencies seek professional help.” Well, thank goodness — I can imagine how many problems that’s solved. After all, I think it’s better to be overly cautious than not cautious enough.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1373193950/Amanda-Jacobs-Sometimes-more-than-a-Band-Aid-is-needed

Editorial: Favre in purple just doesn't seem right

Why doesn’t Brett Favre just admit that he wants to keep flinging footballs for as long as a team will have him? Favre’s on-again, off-again retirement plans probably baffle even the closest members of his family. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x2145968499/Editorial-Favre-in-purple-just-doesnt-seem-right

Editorial: Casinos wrong to target smoking ban

To hear them tell it, you’d think casinos are doing Illinois a favor by operating here. Ever since Illinois enacted the statewide indoor smoking ban that went into effect in 2008, casinos have been predicting dire consequences for the state’s gambling industry. Now they are touting a report by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that says state and local governments lost $200 million in taxes in 2008 due to the ban. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2145968478/Editorial-Casinos-wrong-to-target-smoking-ban

ILLINOIS SPORTS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports

BEARS:
 
Omiyale, Beekman battle for left guard spot

BOURBONNAIS – A career backup tackle and a former third-stringer who briefly moved to center are the two unlikely contenders to start at left guard for the Bears. Chicago coaches deny the job has been won, but they seem to have settled on Frank Omiyale over Josh Beekman. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x772310373/Omiyale-Beekman-battle-for-left-guard-spot

WITH:
 
Bears notes. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.
 
ILLINI:
 
No daily stories planned.