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News ... Bridge related stories

IN ROCKFORD
BRIDGE LOCAL: Overall, stories, photos, graphics of localized content following Twin City bridge collapse. SCHAPER, BONA, BAXTER, YOUNG, PEARSON, MATTIE/hendricks, voelker, burt*
WEB @ 12:15 and throughout*
PLAY ONLINE:top story*
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MAINBAR : Bridge local (25"): The tragedy in Minneapolis naturally has us asking could this happen here? We look at the health of major bridges in Rockford and Boone, Winnebago and Ogle counties through the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Bridge Inventory database.
SIDEBAR : Minnesota/Rockford connex (12"): We look for local people with Minnesota ties to get their reaction to the collapse . MATTIE*
SIDEBAR : BridgeWalk (12" or voices): Concerns, fears and thoughts about traveling over bridges. YOUNG*
SIDEBAR : First response (20"): What have our first responders done to be able to react appropriately to a catastrophe here? What do leaders want citizens to do if something of this magnitude happens here? SCHAPER*
PHOTOS: file art of several rockford bridges, live art of Morgan Street and other bridge photos, send camera with Young to get mugshots*
MUGS: from Young and file*
GRAPHICS: file of Rockford's 9(?) bridges that ran May 30, 2006. We need to look for AP graphics to see what they provide*
5R ANGLE : tbd*
BREAKOUTS: what to do if you're under water*
ONLINE: all day all the time*
RLRN:*
WREX:Bona going on a 5*
Moving this evening/Illinois

IN SPRINGFIELD
MINNESOTA BRIDGE TRAGEDY: Gov. Blagojevich sends crews to inspect downstate bridges in the wake of last night's Minnesota bridge collapse. Also talking with IL Dept. of Transportation and civilian bridge designers. Heupel and Jayette Bolinski./Capitol Bureau and Springfield reporter

IN PEORIA
BRIDGE SAFETY:  (w/pic, w/graphic) The 40-year-old bridge in
Minneapolis was rated as 'structurally deficient,' before it collapsed
and tragically plunged into the Mississippi River Wednesday. We'll check
with IDOT and the FHWA to see how safe Peoria-area bridges are and how
often they are inspected. Will see if there are any bridges rated the
same in this area and whether this tragedy pushes bridge repairs and
maintenance higher on the budgetary priority ladder.SHARP/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois

OTHER BRIDGES: Who monitors the condition of the hundreds of smaller,
less-traveled bridges in the Peoria area and how safe are those? Does
this fall to counties and cities? Townships? The U.S. Highway Department
ranks Illinois among the nation's worst for its high number of
'structurally deficient' bridges. We'll try to decipher those stats,
including what's classified as a bridge and what it means to be
structurally deficient, then apply that to 'bridges' in the Tri-County
Area. (12-15 inches ) SMOTHERS/PEORIA/this evening/Illinois

Other news ...

STATE BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS: Whatever happens today. Still in flux. Finke/Capitol Bureau/Illinois

ELECTRIC DEAL: Depending on who's talking, the ballyhooed electric rate deal could be in jeopardy if the governor does not sign the bill into law by end of the day Friday. Governor's office, though, says that's not true and he will take his time in reviewing the complicated legislation. Colindres/Capitol Bureau/Illinois

COPING WITH GRIEF: The laughter of children echoes inside the walls of Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, at times even drowning out the roar of trains passing by just outside the door. That laughter is a sound Darcy Thorp wants to hear every day because it eases her grief over losing her own child.
It’s been just over a year since 3-year-old Katie Ann Thorp, daughter of Darcy and her husband, Jason, drowned in a daycare provider’s swimming pool in Knoxville.
SIDEBAR: Grief camp and support groups. (Attached to same file as main bar)
ART: photos
GALESBURG/posted Wednesday night/Illinois News

SUMMER FEST - Instead of feting itself with a black-tie gala or the like for its 35th anniversary, Christian Life High School has decided to throw a free party for everyone in Rockford. Rockford/moved today/with art/Illinois News, Travel and Day Trips.

BUS COMPETITORS - (w/pic) Caterpillar is hosting this year's America's best school bus technician competition. It is the first time an engine manufacturer has hosted the event. Will featurize. (15 inches)BAYER/Peoria/this evening/Illinois News

RAT INVASION (MAKES RETURN TO BUDGET): (w/  factbox) The rats are running, says Peoria' self-described Rat Lady, Carol  Holford. She's seen some up in herneighborhood and says this is one of the  times of year they breed. But city and county officials say they aren't  getting any more complaints than usual. In fact, complaints are down from  when the I-74 work was ongoing. We still haven't found anyone willing to  own up to this problem outside of Holford. Trying to reach one woman who  lives just outside city limits. Unlike the city, the county doesn't have a  rat abatement program. (18-20 inches) DAVIS/Peoria/this evening/Illinois News



Sports

MIKE NADEL: Cubs vs. Phillies./Column/moving tonight/with mug/Illinois Sports and Cubs and Columns.

BRONZE MEDAL WINNER: Mason City native comes home from Pan Am Games in Brazil with bronze in archery. DANIELS/Springfield/moved earlier today (no GateHouse photo, there is an AP photo for AP subscribers.)
 
LINEBACKER J LEMAN FEATURE: Despite earning some preseason recognition, Illinois senior linebacker J Leman hasn't changed. It hasn't gone to his head, and he's still the same J Leman - a devout Christian who isn't afraid to go his own way. Feature serves as preview for Illinois opening preseason football camp Friday. SUPINIE/CHAMPAIGN/moving this evening.
 
DAILY SOUTHTOWN -- This is dummy text. This is dummy text. This is dummy text. This is dummy text. Blah blah blah. REPORTER/PAPER, number of words, ETA.

BEARS: Coverage from training camp. REED SCHRECK/Rockford Register Star, 7 p.m. main bar, 8 p.m. Notes/ROCKFORD/Illinois Sports and Bears


DAILY SOUTHTOWN SPORTS LOG FOR FRIDAY, AUG. 3

CUBS GAMER ˜ Hosting Philadelphia, 1:20 p.m.

CUBS NOTEBOOK ˜ VORVA

SOX NOTBOOK ˜ WHALEN

Opinion
 
TAKE IT EASY ON THE FAST FOOD: The ABC reality show, "Shaq's Big Challenge," aired its climatic - and rather sweet - final episode this week. The show features NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and six obese middle school students from South Florida. Shaq - no small guy himself - spent nine months along with trainers, nutritionists and a chef helping the kids to a healthier, happier, slimmer lifestyle. Editorial/Springfield/posted Wednesday evening/Opinion

BRUCE QUAST: cartoon on Blago. Rockford/posted/Illinois Opinion

Coming this weekend

STATE FAIR TO START – The State Fair in Springfield is about to get under way. Take a day trip to see the annual Butter Cow or one of the grandstand acts. Springfield/moving Friday/with art/Illinois News, Travel and Day Trips.

STATEHOUSE INSIDER – Capitol Bureau reporter Doug Finke reflects on what’s happening or not happening at the Capitol. Column/FINKE/Capitol Bureau/moving Friday evening/Illinois Opinion

CAPITOL NOTEBOOK – Five highlights from the week in Springfield as gathered by the Capitol Bureaus./Bureau staff/moving Friday evening/Opinion

CAPITOL ANALYSIS –  A new law that takes effect Jan. 1: Cigarettes sold in Illinois will have to be of the "low ignition" variety, which means they go out if no one is actively smoking them.
Breakouts: what is low-ignition; states with similar laws
No art.
Moving Friday/Illinois
 
SMOKEBAN HISTORY. Former state Rep. John Dunn said it has been a "long, hard road" to implement the type of statewide smoking ban that was signed recently by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Dunn - father of a weak 1989 smoking law - and other proponents of the new measure recount the gradual sea change that moved Illinois into its strict crackdown on second-hand smoke. RAMSEY, CHICAGO/moving Friday/Illinois

5 THINGS TO  KNOW – A quirky take on Chicago. RAMSEY/CHICAGO BUREAU/moving Friday/Illinois News

CARDINAL NOTEBOOK – PILGER/Springfield/moving Friday/Illinois Sports

 ... moving on cycle

 MIKE NADEL:  Column/Sat for Sun, Aug. 5: Cubs vs. Mets.
                      Column/Sun for Mon, Aug. 6: Topic TBA.