Friday editions and weekend advisory

GateHouse News Service Regional Budget (7/13/07)
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com
*Please check this Web site in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.
Contacts:
Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, jlarson@gatehousemedia.com
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

News

GOVERNOR ON HEALTHCARE:  As Gov. Rod Blagojevich's near-univeral health care plan languishes in Springfield, he announced in Chicago today rule changes that his administration says will control the cost of health-care premiums. RAMSEY/Chicago Bureau/moving this evening/category: Illinois

TRAVEL/MUSEUMS INCORPORATE TECHNOLOGY: Walk into a museum around Rockford, and chances are you’ll be encouraged to touch — a lot Like their counterparts across the country, local museums are focusing on ways to incorporate technology into a more interactive museum-going experience, hoping to intrigue patrons of all ages and help dispel the notion that museums are stuffy places where you must keep your hands to yourself./ROCKFORD/moved this morning/category: One Tank Trips and Travel
ART: two photos of “Jane”

SEE YOUR SOLDIER – Good one to localize -  One area family will have a chance to see and talk with loved ones stationed in Iraq, through University of Illinois Extension’s internet-based videoconferencing system. The See Your Soldier program is available free-of-charge to families of soldiers stationed at Camp Al Asad and Camp Taji/Cooke. JEFF KOLKEY/Rockford Register Star, 300-360 words./moving this evening/Category: Illinois news

CROP DUSTING: LINCOLN - Area farmers have found a new way to increase corn production without having to plant more corn. Aerial-sprayed fungicide. The applicator in this neck of the woods is Holzwarth's Aerial Spraying. Owner Chuck Holzwarth has been flying out of Logan County Airport since 1994, and in years past, has been the area's go-to-guy for insecticide spraying. TIERNEY/Courier/moving this afternoon/category: Business

OSF CONSTRUCTION: (w/pic and rendering) The groundbreaking on the $234 million new building at St. Francis is today. This is the largest private construction project in Peoria history. Several local dignitaries and hospital officials are planning to speak about the project. SHARP/Peoria/moving this evening/Category: Business and Illinois News

AMTRAK STATIONS: Leaders from communities along the Black Hawk route meet with a former Amtrak exec who is now a "station consultant" to talk about facilities. This discussion could narrow location for Rockford Amtrak station. THOMAS BONA/Rockford Register Star, 420-480 words, evening/category: Business and Illinois News

SENECA MURDER: Hopefully more info today on the double murder of an elderly Seneca couple.  BECKER/PEORIA/moving this evening on merit/Category: Illinois News

Sports

PRO-AM: Signs for every pro who ever played in the Rockford Pro-Am sit jammed in a box in an office store room.“It’s so much fun to go through it. It’s a Who’s Who of golf,” said longtime director Judi Sheley, who has worked at all 30 previous Pro-Ams. The Pro-Am, to be held Monday at Forest Hills Country Club, became a Rockford institution with the likes of Arnold Palmer (1986), John Daly (1992), Gary Player (2000) and Lee Trevino and Nancy Lopez (both in 2001) playing here./ROCKFORD/posted this morning/category: Sports and Travel
ART: photos
Breakout: yes

NADEL COLUMN - While White Sox fans wanted to keep Mark Buehrle at any price, Bears fans say Lance Briggs can rot if he won't accept that team's much lower offer. Why is that? MIKE NADEL//moving this evening/Illinois sports and columnists.
ART: Nadel mug
 
KIRK WESSLER COLUMN – From John Deere Classic (PGA) at Quad Cities/moving later tonight/categories: Illinois sports and columnists.
ART: Wessler mug

FROM THE DAILY SOUTHTOWN:
 
LADEWSKI COLUMN — It’s time to raise the bar for the Cubs, who can get to the World Series this season. LADEWSKI / evening / Illinois sports and Cubs
ART: column mug

DIFFERENT CUBS --  They’ve changed since opening day. VORVA / evening / Illinois Sports and Cubs
WITH CHART

SOX — White Sox play at Baltimore beginning at 6:05 p.m. WHALEN / late / Illinois Sports and White Sox
WITH: SOX NOTEBOOK — Digests from the game and the team. WHALEN
 
RACING: NASCAR ADVANCE — Race this weekend in Joliet. CRONIN

Coming this weekend

CAPITOL NOTEBOOK: A look back at the week at the capitol./Springfield/Friday evening/category: Illinois Opinion

CAPITOL INSIDER: Bureau staffer Doug Finke’s column. Springfield/Friday evening/category: Illinois Opinion
 
CAPITOL ANALYSIS: Illinois' part-time lawmakers were among the best paid in the nation even before they approved a recommendation to raise their salaries by 9.6 percent.
  And that's without counting the thousands of dollars of additional income (called stipends) that 85 percent of Illinois legislators receive for serving in leadership positions and in top committee posts.  Few other states provide those stipends to as many lawmakers as Illinois does.
BREAKOUT: Highest and lowest salary bases in the nation.
FINKE/Springfield Bureau/posted today/for use Saturday and after/category: Illinois

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW: A quick look at the week in Chicago. Ramsey/Chicago Bureau/moving Friday/ category: Illinois

RIVERFRONT IMPROVEMENT CENTERPIECE - CHICAGO – It may not be like Paris – yet -- but Chicago has spruced up a portion of its downtown riverfront in hopes that the urban shoreline will one day bustle with activity. This summer, more than half a dozen businesses, primarily restaurants, have opened seasonal shops along the east-west stretch of Wacker Drive that was rebuilt in 2002./Ramsey/Chicago Bureau/moving today for use Saturday and after/category: Illinois News
BREAKOUT: yes
PHOTOS: still chasing