Illinois Budget 8.21.09

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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

The application deadline is today 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

David Arkin: What are you doing this weekend? Rrstar.com gives you lots of choices.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/what-are-you-doing-weekend-rrstar-gives-you-lots-choices

Web Cube moments of the week.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/webcube-moments-week-1

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT:

For a growing number of clergy, doing God's work is a second career

SPRINGFIELD – The Rev. Shawn Denney of St. Luke’s parish is part of a growing trend among clergy. Denney, who retired from the attorney general's office to devote all his time to his priesthood, is among those that are pursuing spreading the word of God as a second career. Pulpit & Pew, a pastoral leadership initiative through the Duke Divinity School, estimates that 56 percent of current senior or sole pastors of congregations are in their second careers, and that has been a growing trend for all mainline denominations for the last three decades. By Steven Spearie of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x769902277/For-a-growing-number-of-clergy-doing-Gods-work-is-a-second-career

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

State Briefs. News from around the state.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x772312423/State-Briefs-8-21-09

For the weekend:
 
STATEHOUSE INSIDER: By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. For use Sunday.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2145970724/Doug-Finke-Political-candidates-turn-out-at-the-fair

DOWNSTATE CAMPAIGNS: State Rep. Art Turner knows well the trip between Chicago and Springfield, having traveled it for more than a quarter-century for legislative sessions. But in his bid for lieutenant governor, he's getting to know other parts of Illinois much, much better. "I've been changing the oil every two weeks," Turner says about his vehicle. He and several others running for statewide office find themselves with a challenge. They're trying to cover a big state and win over voters with only a few months before the February primary election to do that. We talk with a few about their plans and approach on campaigning throughout the state. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol Bureau. For use in weekend editions.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1373196506/Candidates-for-statewide-office-travel-far-and-wide-to-build-support-outside-Chicago

ILLINOIS BUSINESS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_business

Springfield one of 10 cities across country to receive grant to fight nursing shortage

SPRINGFIELD – After nearly 20 years of trending in opposite directions, health care is closing in on state government as the largest employer in Springfield. Four local schools now plan to step up health-care growth with programs intended to speed the training of nurses, including through a $545,000 grant announced Tuesday by a group of medical, business and not-for-profit organizations. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1528805765/Springfield-one-of-10-cities-across-country-to-receive-grant-to-fight-nursing-shortage

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

Decorate your backyard and save a few bucks

SPRINGFIELD – The backyard at the home of Les and Cathy Hohenstein is the epitome of “beauty on a budget,” thanks mostly to Les’ resourceful ways. If a landscape item wasn’t dug out of a trash bin, retrieved from someone’s trash or bought at a reduced price, it’s probably not part of the Hohensteins’ English garden-influenced backyard. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x2145970257/Decorate-your-backyard-and-save-a-few-bucks

Only the U.S. Army could keep man away from state fair

SPRINGFIELD – Clutching a black-and-white photograph of a young child posing for the camera, Lowell Hines shares an image still ingrained in his mind 83 years after his first Illinois State Fair. It was 1925 or 1926; he’s not exactly sure which. But the impressively preserved photograph clearly shows a young boy dressed in formal attire. Hines hasn’t missed an Illinois State Fair since, apart from 1942 when he enlisted in the Army during World War II. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1886176105/Only-the-U-S-Army-could-keep-man-away-from-state-fair

Music scene: Li’l Ed still bringing his fun blues to the masses

If there's one thing Chicago native Li’l Ed Williams has done throughout his 25-year career, it has been to prove how lively and how much fun the blues can be. By Jay N. Miller of the Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x640872831/Music-Scene-Li-l-Ed-still-bringing-his-fun-blues-to-the-masses

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

BRITT: Toon on the Lockerbie bomber returning home.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2145970782/Britt-cartoon-On-the-Lockerbie-bomber-being-released

Wood on Words: A grand and gritty look at rock-inspired terms

As I dug into earth terms for this series of columns, I was struck by how many begin with “gr-.” Last week I wrote about “gravel” and “grit,” and on July 12 about “ground” — and I’ve only scratched the surface.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1528805425/Wood-on-Words-A-grand-and-gritty-look-at-rock-inspired-terms

Elizabeth Davies: Plus-size dating show more than distasteful

When I first saw previews for the new Fox reality show “More to Love,” a bad taste began to form in my mouth. While I knew I didn’t like it, I wasn’t sure what specifically didn’t sit right with me about this plus-sized “Bachelor”-inspired show.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/elizabeth_davies/x769902092/Elizabeth-Davies-Plus-size-dating-show-more-than-distasteful

Editorial: Justice, not compassion for airplane bomber

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted of blowing up an airplane full of people in 1988, murdering 259 people on board and 11 on the ground. Of those who died in Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, 189 were Americans. The former Libyan intelligence agent was brought to trial late - 13 years after the bombing - and now he's getting out of jail early, just eight years into a 27-year minimum sentence. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1528805707/Editorial-Justice-not-compassion-for-airplane-bomber

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

SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted Saturday for use Sunday.
 
BEARS:
 
Giants good measuring stick for Bears

Last week didn’t count. This week doesn’t either. But not counting isn’t the same as not saying anything. Preseason games are a mere hint of the regular season, but the Bears would like to see more positive signs in their toughest preseason test when the 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants (1-0) come to Soldier Field on Saturday night. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x1886176230/Giants-good-measuring-stick-for-Bears

FOR SUNDAY:
 
GIANTS-BEARS: Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a game story and notes from Saturday’s preseason game. Will be posted Saturday evening.
 
ILLINI:
 
FAYSON’S CHOICE: Jarred Fayson left behind a chance to win another national championship in his search for playing time. The transfer from Florida will start at wide receiver for the Illini. By John Supinie.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/big_10/x1528806235/After-sitting-out-transfer-year-Fayson-looks-forward-to-making-impact-for-Illini

FOR SUNDAY:
 
CAMP CLOSES: The Illini scrimmage to cap off their time at Camp Rantoul. By John Supinie. Will be posted Saturday evening.
 
Big Ten preview: Teams hope extending regular season will help in bowl games

CHAMPAIGN – Maybe playing football in December can help the Big Ten Conference in January. What does the conference have to lose? After failing to post a winning record in bowl season over the last six years – including last winter's dismal 1-6 showing – the Big Ten may follow the lead of Illinois coach Ron Zook and Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, who have scheduled non-conference games in December. The idea is that by reducing the number of days between the end of the regular season and a bowl game, Big Ten teams might lose less timing and stay sharper. By John Supinie. Embargoed until Sunday, Aug. 23.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1886176220/Big-Ten-preview-Teams-hope-extending-regular-season-will-help-in-bowl-games

WITH:
 
Big Ten capsules. A look at each team in projected order of finish. By John Supinie. Embargoed until Sunday, Aug. 23.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x772312067/Big-Ten-capsules