GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (11/20/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com
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Contacts:
Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, jlarson@gatehousemedia.com
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

PUTTING OUT SPECIAL HOLIDAY SECTIONS? There is a master file for Thanksgiving, another for Christmas in the GHNS-Lifestyle category. New stories, photos and illustrations are added regularly.


News

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

SPECIAL SESSION. CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Monday he will call state lawmakers to Springfield for a special session Nov. 28 to tackle the unresolved issue of mass-transit funding. The governor also defended his administration's decision to defy a legislative rules committe that last week rejected Blagojevich's plans for a health care expansion. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/this evening/Illinois and Illinois News

DIANE LOPEZ HUGHES: Spfld woman was one of a dozen or so people who got busted over
the weekend in protest at U.S. Army School of the Americas in Georgia. RUSHTON/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois News

CLICK IT OR TICKET: 10 a.m. news conf, IDOT hangar, about state cop enforcement over
the holiday. BOLINKSI/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois News

HOLIDAY  COLLECTION.(w/pic and video) A local volunteer firefighter man has a unique hobby, he has a collection of more than 700 Christmas figurines at the Festival Building as part of the Festival of Lights. Apparently he's a big, burly volunteer firefighter and he sets up all these tiny porcelain figurines as a tribute to his mom. KOCH/PEORIA/Lifestyles Christmas file and Illinois News 

HEALTH CRISIS: The union representing home health care workers is meeting today to talk about employee shortage, which it deems a crisis in the industry, caused by low pay, no training and lack of health insurance. Will see what they have to say as well as see what the state has to say about this. SZOKE/PEORIA/Illinois

PELO: (w/mug) A McLean County judge is expected to rule today on several pretrial motions today in the case of Jeff Pelo, 43, a former Bloomington police sergeant charged with raping four women and stalking another. The judge is expected to rule on whether to consolidate the rape and stalking cases among other motions. (Merits) DOUBET. ALL./PEORIA/Illinois

Business

TURKEY: The turkey on your table likely traveled to get there. Turkey growing is a dwindling enterprise in Illinois because there isn't a lot of money in it, as it turns out. THARP/ROCKFORD/Illinois News, GHNS-Business and Lifestyle-Thanksgiving file.

BOOMERANGERS PARTY: A group of local boosters wants young professionals to come home for Thanksgiving weekend -- and stay for good. So during the weekend a group intends to entertain former residents in their late 20s and early 30s to entice them to consider Rockford as their permanent home. Legue/Burke/ROCKFORD/Illinois News and GHNS-Business
 
THANKSGIVING TRAVEL: AAA predicts reccord holiday travel despite high gas prices. Why? Tradition – you gotta go home for the holiday. At the same time, rental car, hotel and airfare prices are down, despite the demand. Bona/Burke/ROCKFORD/Illinois News

GUNITE LOCKOUT: After unsuccessfully trying to build bunkhouses for replacement workers in light of an impending strike, Gunite, Rockford's oldest manufacturer, has locked out its workers. The company manufactures parts for the auto industry. Legue/Burke/ROCKFORD/Illinois News

DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: Editor’s Note: This is a three-story with photos package looking at a Midwest Town, known for its downtown, but looking to jazz it up even more.
What does the city of Galesburg hope to learn from a study being done by Massie Massie and Associates of Springfield? Why is downtown revitalization important when city officials say Galesburg’s central business district is the envy of many cities with empty downtowns lined with boarded-up storefronts? GALESBURG/posted/Illinois News and GHNS-Business

Sports

MIKE NADEL: Best of The Baldest Truth. Illinois Sport and Nadel.

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL
All-Big Ten: Coach Ron Zook is a strong candidate for Coach of the Year when the
all-Big Ten team is announced at 9 p.m. Monday. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports
and Big Ten. Moving before 10:30 p.m.

WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport notebook column will include football and men's
basketball. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

OUTDOORS COLUMN: wrapping up deer season. LAMPE/PEORIA

BEARS: Followup. ROCKFORD/Illinois Sports, GHNS- Sports and Bears.

Opinions
 
JUST CURIOUS: Was it the kegs or the pudding wrestling that drew more than 100 kids from around the state to an ill-fated house party? EDITORIAL/PEORIA/Illinois Opinions/posted.
 
TOXIC TOYS – Somebody slips Santa’s helper a toy from China. Cartoon/CHRIS BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions, GHNS-Lifestyle Christmas file and GHNS-Opinions/this afternoon