GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (9/12/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, jlarson@gatehousemedia.com
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

News

MUHSIN'S KIDS: Members of the Chicago Bears stop at a Boone County Coon Creek Hunt Club to raise money for undepriveleged kids. Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad began M2 Foundation for Kids in 1999 and it has grown into a foundation that helps many kids annually. Charity event will give some rich folks and NFL lovers a chance to rub elbows with Bears' players and shoot clay pigeons, targets and more for a big ticket price and/or generous donation. Runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ROB BAXTER/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR/Illinois News
BREAKOUTS: Details on Mushin's organization, how you can help or be helped

WEATHER STORY: What is up with this sudden shift in temperatures? Should people cover their plants to keep away frost? BRIDGET THARP/Rockford Register Star/Illinois

HOMETOWN RECIPE: Barb Appelhans of Candlewick Lake prepares her beer-n-brats, which are great for parties or tailgating.
-BREAKOUT: w/recipe
-ART: yes
AMY VAN HORN/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR

SHIMKUS PHONER: Talking with Shimkus on his Afghan trip and other topics. SCHOENBURG/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois

PEABODY MINE: The latest coal project floated in Christian County involves a Florida company that proposes to purchase the old Peabody No. 10 mine for some sort of reclamation, renewable energy project. But a lot of the local folks are kinda scratching their heads over a project the mayor said "came out of the blue." LANDIS/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois

COKE PROTEST: A Coca-Cola bottler has protested the state's selection of Pepsi as the supplier to 2,400 vending machines in Illinois government buildings and other sites. The state's revenue agency announced earlier this summer that Pepsi would get a 10-year deal worth millions to the Illinois budget. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/Illinois

EARLY APPLES: Apple season came about a week earlier this year than last after a hot August and precipitation in September. People are expected to flock to area orchards this weekend to pick their own apples. Orchard owners weigh in on why they think this time is popular for picking. KOCH/PEORIA/Illinois News

BUREAU DEPOSIT DETAILS: A missing Feb. 22 deposit that forced an investigation of the Bureau County Circuit Clerk's Office but resulted in no charges included $1,680 in child support payments, $890 in criminal case fees and $2,355 in traffic fines, among other smaller miscellaneous amounts. The total was $5,613. Checking on whether any of those funds were reimbursed to recipients for whom the circuit clerk is just a middle man. BUEDEL/PEORIA /Illinois News

STATE OF ISU: President Al Bowman will deliver the annual State of the University address today. DOUBET/PEORIA/Illinois News
-ISU SIDE. ISU president will have press availability following his address and we'll ask him about the status of the dress code for some business majors. DOUBET

 
Sports

MIKE NADEL: Cherish life, not touchdowns in “Best of the Baldest Truth” NADEL/Illinois Sport and Mike Nadel

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL NOTES: News and notes on Illinois football as the Illini prepare for the game against Syracuse Saturday. SUPINIE/CHAMPAIGN/Illinois Sports and Big Ten

GOLF BOOK: Feature on Tom Warren, who wrote golf book about Rockford. MATT TROWBRIDGE/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR/Illinois Sports

BEARS QUICKSHOTS/ROCKFORD/Illinois Sports and Bears

 
Opinions
 
EDITORIAL - General fails  to sell Bush's pitch on war. SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions
 
BRITT: Toon depicting Patreaus being W's "lapdog."/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions