Illinois Budget 10.22.09
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‘Rocky Horror’ gets its freak on in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – Actors who sign on to perform in “The Rocky Horror Show” know they will be asked to do certain things. Such as get an unusual haircut. Or endure insults shouted by audience members. “The Rocky Horror Show,” known for its outlandish characters, bizarre costumes, adult themes and sing-along soundtrack, takes the stage at the Hoogland Center for the Arts this weekend and next. By Brien Murphy of the State Journal-Register.
State Briefs. News from around the state.
QUINN FOR GOVERNOR: After months of unofficially running, Gov. Pat Quinn makes his bid for a full term as governor official with a nine-city swing, including a 12:15 p.m. event at the Springfield airport. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol Bureau.
HUMAN SERVICES DIRECTOR: An interview with new state Department of Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol Bureau.
Caterpillar picks Oberhelman as next CEO
PEORIA – Doug Oberhelman, elected last week to be Caterpillar Inc.’s future chairman, will be the second consecutive person in the job with a background in finance. Oberhelman, 57, was elected by Caterpillar’s board of directors to the positions of vice chairman and chief executive officer-elect and he will hold those positions for several months before succeeding Jim Owens as chairman and CEO. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
Engvall adjusts comedy to fit evolving Internet
SPRINGFIELD – “Blue Collar Comedy” star Bill Engvall is slowly embracing the Internet age. But don’t expect to read many zingers or one-liners on his Twitter account. Engvall, a top headliner whose debut comedy album sold 1 million copies, doesn’t lack for material. The problem is that his folksy, conversational brand of humor does not lend itself to Twitter’s 140-character limits. By Phil Davidson of the State Journal-Register.
Brian Mackey: Hip-hop culture — dead or alive?
In the pantheon of things that have been presumptuously pronounced dead — satire, irony, Paul McCartney, God — the art form of hip-hop has to be near the top of the list.
Club teaches students about law careers
SPRINGFIELD – A pre-law club at Washington Middle School got started in an unlikely place — detention. About a month ago, a regular visitor to the office of Washington assistant principal Roosevelt Wilson’s office got into some trouble and found herself there again. Wilson asked the student what career interested her. The eighth-grader said she wanted to become a judge. The disconnect between the girl’s career aspirations and her school record led Wilson to form a pre-law club for Washington students. By Pete Sherman of the State Journal-Register.
BRITT: Topic TBD. Will be posted this evening.
Kevin Haas: Meet the new king of pop
Since Michael Jackson died the world has wondered who would emerge as the next king of pop. Finally, Klenginem is here. I don’t think I’m going too far in saying that as far as Klingon-language Eminem tribute acts go, he’s one of the five best I’ve heard, at least this week.
Michelle Teheux: When it comes to drugs, use your brain
Perhaps a little bit of common sense is finally beginning to seep into our national drug policy. Some states allow medical marijuana, but those who followed their state laws strictly could still be busted thanks to the conflicting federal drug laws. But President Barack Obama has loosened guidelines, essentially telling medical marijuana suppliers that the feds will look the other way as long as the pot people follow their own state laws. This is a baby step in the right direction.
Editorial: Monk plea deal shows the real Blagojevich
It's another big week for Rod Blagojevich and his ongoing efforts to forge a second career as a talk show celebrity and reality TV star. How we wish that the enablers of Blagojevich’s delusions of stardom would read the plea agreement entered Tuesday in federal court by his longtime friend and former chief of staff Lon Monk. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: Is this the era of deficits be damned?
Home ownership is a positive for any community, says Congressman Phil Hare, the Democrat from Rock Island. If this has been a reluctant recovery, one reason is the relative sluggishness of the U.S. real estate market. Sometimes people need a little nudge to get over the anxiety of purchasing that first home. Home construction creates jobs for an economy in desperate need of them. Agreed, agreed, agreed and agreed. Nonetheless, we'd feel more sympathetic toward Hare's co-sponsorship of an extension of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit for another year if Uncle Sam could absorb the cost without borrowing from the Chinese. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a feature and Bears Quick Shots for Friday’s editions.
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