Illinois Budget 6.25.09
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Front page gallery for June 25.
Video: New seasonal daily Cape Cod Day launches.
Paul Arco: Part 4: Through pain, fear and grief, family grows stronger
When I was diagnosed with Stage II testicular cancer in January 2008, no one told me the mental pain would be as fierce as the physical toll. It was as bad as when my mother, grandmother and brother died within seven months of each other. The first few days after receiving the news, I couldn’t — make that wouldn’t — sleep. I was afraid that if I fell asleep, I would die. The last in a four-part series on Paul Arco's memories of testicular cancer.
Part 3: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x737341971
Part 2: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x488809117
Part 1: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1662362606
State Briefs. News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
STATE POLICE DIRECTOR: Months after Gov. Pat Quinn named Jon Monken to head the Illinois State Police – a controversial choice because Monken never has been a police officer – the Illinois Senate has yet to consider whether to confirm his appointment. The senator who heads a committee that would initially review the appointment says lawmakers have been too busy dealing with a more pressing matter, the budget, while the top Republican on the panel basically says that's baloney. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.
Slumping economy hurts puppy love
ROCKFORD – Mike Holman is overjoyed with his new lab-boxer mix, named Eddie, but he knows that somewhere someone’s heart is breaking. Holman adopted Eddie two months ago after the dog’s previous owner contacted the rescue group Cause 4 Paws because he could no longer keep Eddie. Liz De Arvil of Cause 4 Paws and Lean on Me Doberman Rescue said pet owners are definitely feeling the financial strain of the economy, and unfortunately, it’s the pets that often end up paying the price. By Corina Curry and Matt Williams of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: Are local rescue operations and kennels receiving more dogs due to the bad economy?
A flop gone wrong: 'Producers' is lighthearted fun
SPRINGFIELD – Joey Cruse first saw the Mel Brooks musical “The Producers” when he was in high school, and almost immediately set his sights on someday playing Leo Bloom. Cruse will get his chance Friday when the show premieres at the Muni in Springfield. “The Producers,” a comedy set in 1959 New York, is making its first appearance on the Muni stage. By Blake Toppmeyer of the State Journal-Register.
Brian Mackey: Springfield remembers forgotten war
Without a foothold in modern culture, wars tend to recede into history — at least for the people who weren’t there. So it’s no small thing that, on Friday, the Korean War National Museum will finally open a beachhead in Springfield.
Georgette Braun: Auto museum offers up real-life Dillinger car
The year was 1997, and the bullet holes in the walls were 63 years old. Even though absorbing history wasn’t my main focus for the day, the story of the April 23, 1934, shootout at Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters, Wis., and how notorious bank robber John Dillinger escaped the FBI there engrossed me for hours. My Dillinger fascination has piqued again, this time with a more local connection. A 1932 Studebaker Commander from Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe is expected to be seen in “Public Enemies.”
Jennifer Davis: Teach teens some basics about eating healthy
When I was a teenager, there was a summer when I survived on Oreo cookies, Carnation Instant Breakfast and the occasional Dairy Queen Blizzard. Today, I have a teen of my own who has to fend for himself most days during the summer. Like most parents, I'm not a nutritionist, but I know better than to let him con me into filling the house with junk food. What's harder is finding easy, healthy food that he'll take the time to fix and won't be bored of after a week or two.
BRITT: Toon on corruption in Illinois. Will be posted this evening.
Amanda Jacobs: Brushes with fame
Last week, astronaut Scott Altman stopped by the Pekin Daily Times office for a quick visit, and I was struck by how humble and gracious he is. When he first walked in, however, I had to get over the initial shock of seeing him in person for the first time. He really is quite tall, and, more than that, it was surreal to see someone whose picture has been all over our newspaper and other media outlets standing in the same place where I work every day.
Editorial: Iranian regime can't hide its brutal tactics
Just over 30 years ago, Iran dealt with its last large-scale street protests, which brought down the government of the U.S.-backed shah and installed the cleric-centered regime of today. The protests became a regular fixture on the TV news. The marches against the apparent vote fraud in Iran's presidential election have, of course, drawn television attention of their own. But the nation's leaders, remembering all too well the power of media during their revolution, have cracked down hard. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Service agencies drag out the heavy artillery in budget fight
Social service agencies in Illinois are dragging out the heavy artillery as the General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn remain at odds over the Illinois state operating budget. Social agencies have trotted out their needy clients; there’s considerable concern that the population of our state prisons will be unleashed on the public; state employees are reminding legislators how much their unions contribute to campaign coffers. And of course, there’s more. An editorial from the Freeport Journal-Standard.
John Supinie is on vacation.