GHNS Illinois Budget (1/7/08)

GHNS Illinois Budget (1/7/08)


Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com


*Please check this Web site in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.


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--NEWS--

STATE BRIEFS – A collection of briefs from GateHouse newspapers across the state. Posted by 6 p.m./Illinois and Illinois News.

LOOKING FOR LINCOLN: At first blush, there’s something overwhelming about 155 Abraham Lincoln-related historical signs to be placed all over central Illinois as part of the Springfield-based Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition project. To be installed in 46 communities spread over 24 counties, it could take years to find them all. But perhaps that’s the point. Some tourism officials estimate history buffs spend an average $623 every trip they make, excluding travel costs. SJR. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x1059350511

REUNITED: Accident victim, rescuers reunited almost 30 years later. RRS. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x531360700

RICHARD SIMMONS!!! He’s coming to town to talk about healthy eating and lead some exercises at Prairie Heart in February. Rem. SJR / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

BIRD WHISPERER: Theilen now wants to revoke the bird repeller's contract; likely to be heated debate at pub affairs committee tonite, lots of downtown support for the whisperer. What say the rest of the council? Wetterich / SJR / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

DEBATE: 18th district congressional candidates in jacksonville this evening. Short story (8-10 inches) probably focusing on main topic of debate.  Bernie / SJR / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

MCCARRON TRIAL: (w/sketch) Opening arguments are expected to begin today in the trial of accused child killer Karen McCarron. The Morton woman is accused of killing her autistic daughter. Will update. (merits; by 5 p.m.) SAMPIER. PJS / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

OLD PORN CASE: A two-year old case involving alleged pornography placed on a McDonough County-owned computer has been closed by the Illinois Attorney General's Office. (8 inches by 7:30 p.m.) POSPESCHIL, PJS / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

NEW DRIVING LAWS: Teens driving on a permit for the past three months and who failed to get their license by Dec. 31 will now have to wait another six months. As of Jan. 1, all teens have to have nine months of practice time behind the wheel, up from three months. Also, 16-year-old drivers are alllowed to have just one passenger in their vehicle for the first year after receiving their license. Previously, it was a six-month wait. Curfew hours for teen drivers also have been shortened by an hour. Talking with traffic Sgt. Dane Person, Barry Molencupp, owner of the five area Drive Right Schools, and with teen drivers. GREEN/RRS / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

WEATHER: Temp could set a record (would have to top 70). Talkin to building superintendents about how they adjust when weather swings like this. Rushton photo planned W/table of unusual temps on this date since 1907 (the record hot year) rushton / SJR / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News

WILD WEATHER DAY: (w/photo) A second day of record-breaking high temperatures will likely bring people outside for lunches and walks. In Brimfield, high school and grade school students get an unlikely day to enjoy the outside 60s, thanks to a water main break. Also, checking with construction workers to see if they are happy about winter's brief absence and if the carts are out downtown. (by 5 p.m.) HILYARD. PJS / Evening / Illinois and Illinois News



--OPINION--

JEFF VRABEL: Another rage-inducing reason to hate drivers on cell phones. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/jeff_vrabel/x603832999

EDITORIAL: Drug sentencing gap too wide. Peoria. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x531360660

EDITORIAL: Blagojevich: The gas-guzzling governor. Peoria. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x1059350452

TOM MARTIN: Threatened by caucuses, cookies and one-armed dancing. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/tom_martin/x546808830



--SPORTS--

NADEL is on vacation. He will return will a column Sunday for Monday.

BEARS: Dvoracek's goal: Finally get healthy -- and stay healthy. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x546809111
 
WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport notebook column led with Illinois freshman guard Demetri McCamey moving into the starting lineup. Will also include material on football. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving early evening.