Illinois Budget 10.27.09
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Benefits of adoption far outweigh the costs
GALESBURG – Most couples spend nine months preparing for a baby. Melanie and James Kochersperger spent nearly three years. The Kocherspergers always wanted a family, one a little larger than the couple and their dog Maui. But after a year of trying it was obvious it wasn’t going to happen, Melanie said. They decided to adopt. Two adoption agencies, hundreds of pages of paperwork, a trip to Poland and $36,000 later, Melanie and James Kochersperger achieved their dreams of becoming parents. By Kellie Bramlet of the Galesburg Register-Mail.
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STATE CAPITOL Q&A: A look at the final week of the fall veto session – what lawmakers have accomplished so far and what's left on the agenda. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol Bureau.
Springfield transit official resigns over pink tie incident
SPRINGFIELD – Calling the pink tie incident the last straw, Dick Austin, the Springfield Mass Transit District’s second-in-command submitted his resignation Monday. The factor that made him resolved to leave, he said, came after Austin received a “verbal dressing down” from managing director Linda Tisdale for not supporting her decision to discipline a driver for wearing a pink tie to work. By Deana Poole of the State Journal-Register.
Big guns bring magazines to Peoria
PEORIA – Peoria may not have the reputation as a publishing center, but national magazines have been produced here for decades. Among the magazines printed here is the Shooting Times, just one of a flock of magazines devoted to guns and hunting put together in Peoria. Titles include Shotgun News, Guns & Ammo and Petersen's RifleShooter. The magazines are part of New York-based InterMedia Outdoors, which has made Peoria its base for its gun and hunting publications. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
Rain washes out harvest plans
PEORIA – Bad weather may force some central Illinois farmers to revise their holiday plans. With rainy weather prolonging what's already been a slow-motion harvest, some producers are already anticipating having to work in their fields well into December. "We definitely won't be done until the middle of December - at the earliest," said Chillicothe farmer Jim Rumbold. "The one thing I'm worried about then is snow. Snow and a combine don't mix," he said. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
Pear orchard offers heavenly selection
CHILLICOTHE – Depending on which direction you're traveling on Illinois Route 29, the signs appear at Hart Lane, right before or right after Chillicothe. Big red letters on white background point the way to Eden Camp and the pear orchard. The orchard, according to its owner, is the first in Illinois to offer Shingo pears. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.
Hindu Temple keeps dodging obstacles on road to karma
PEORIA – Last Saturday, one car after another rolled down a short, dark street called Prairie Lane in Limestone Township, near the top of Farmington Road's hill. The temple's efforts to resolve a fairly simple dilemma, alleviating traffic for the 20 or so residences along Prairie Lane, is turning into development plans with as many plots, subplots and players as a Bollywood musical. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.
Kathryn Rem: Better cooking through chemistry
Chemists know why an onion makes you cry, why searing browns a steak, why water causes melting chocolate to seize, why baking powder makes a cake rise, why mold grows on cheese and why brining ensures a tender pork chop.
Halloween treats have a scary side
Rotted teeth and expanded girths make good Halloween costumes, but aren’t so charming after the attire comes off. Perhaps it’s time to think about trick-or-treating in a more healthful way. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register
To complicate H1N1 fears, common cold also part of the mix
The seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses have gotten a lot of attention lately, but the common cold -- an infection of the nose and throat -- hasn't gone away. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
David Robson: Do homework before fall planting
Most people don’t think fall is time for planting — except maybe your feet while raking. But October and November are ideal times to get some plants into the ground.
BRITT: Toon on sleeping airline pilots.
Amanda Jacobs: Not a completely happy Halloween
When I was little, I loved Halloween. After all, there’s really no other day when it’s acceptable for children to wear costumes — sometimes even at school — and run around taking candy from the neighbors. However, not all of my Halloween memories are happy ones.
Editorial: Stop letting free fares take state taxpayers for a ride
In January of 2008, Gov. Rod Blagojevich unveiled one of his most flagrant acts of political pandering, giving the state's seniors unlimited free rides on bus, subway and train routes. He insisted that his brilliant brainstorm had to be included in a package rescuing Chicago-area transit systems from financial oblivion or he wouldn't sign. Never mind the cost, grandma and grandpa deserve it! An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Despite its troubles, Lincoln hotel good for Springfield
We learned last week that the political football that is the Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center will be officially punted by the state of Illinois on Dec. 14. The downtown hotel will go to the highest bidder at auction that day. We greet this as good news, though perhaps not so much in the way that many observers and political aspirants do. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a column for Wednesday editions.
THE NEXT QB: After Eddie McGee was given his shot for virtually two quarters, redshirt freshman Jacob Charest gets his chance as a tryout for Illinois quarterback with an eye on next season. Lead to football notebook. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.