Illinois Budget 10.22.09

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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

Your Big Ideas live blog
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/your-big-ideas-blog-updated-228-pm-meet-whos-here

Casey Laughman: Use ASFs to help streamline election coverage
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/use-asfs-help-streamline-election-coverage

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT:

‘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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x914719448/-Rocky-Horror-gets-its-freak-on-in-Springfield

ILLINOIS NEWS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news

State Briefs. News from around the state.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x826025049/State-Briefs-10-22-09

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1365715350/Quinn-formally-announces-run-for-governor

HUMAN SERVICES DIRECTOR: An interview with new state Department of Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol Bureau.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x82602512/DHS-Secretary-Agency-has-to-find-way-to-continue-to-offer-most-important-services

ILLINOIS BUSINESS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_business

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x826024548/Caterpillar-picks-Oberhelman-as-next-CEO

ILLINOIS LIFESTYLES
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_lifestyle

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1365714892/Engvall-adjusts-comedy-to-fit-evolving-Internet

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x927264424/Brian-Mackey-Hip-hop-culture-dead-or-alive

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1365714880/Club-teaches-students-about-law-careers

ILLINOIS OPINIONS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x637609332/Kevin-Haas-Meet-the-new-king-of-pop

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x637609329/Michelle-Teheux-When-it-comes-to-drugs-use-your-brain

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1136018231/Editorial-Monk-plea-deal-shows-the-real-Blagojevich

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x637609324/Editorial-Is-this-the-era-of-deficits-be-damned

ILLINOIS SPORTS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports

BEARS:
 
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a feature and Bears Quick Shots for Friday’s editions. 

Mainbar:

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x41915895/Bears-Running-game-is-fine-thanks-for-asking

Bears Quick Shots:

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x826025039/Bears-Quick-Shots-Benson-Orton-two-that-got-away-but-thats-life-in-the-NFL

ILLINI:
 
No daily stories planned.