Illinois budget 12.31.09
Illinois budget 12.31.09
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TODAY’S FEATURED STORY
DECADE REVIEW: A look back at a wild decade in Illinois government
For Illinois state government, 2010 means the end of a decade with a historic – and often sorry – legacy. GateHouse News Service asked readers, lawmakers, lobbyists and others in and out of state government to weigh in on what they considered the most important stories of this decade, and what they expect from the next 10 years. By Ryan Keith.
- For weekend editions of Jan. 2-3
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STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state.
STATEHOUSE INSIDER: Big change coming to Illinois government in 2010. By Doug Finke.
ETHICS: Former Blagojevich officials fined for ethics violations
The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission has levied fines against several former officials accused of ethical lapses under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. By Bruce Rushton.
NEW LAWS: More than 270 laws go into effect January 1. We'll run down some of them. By Doug Finke.
GET OUTSIDE: Resolve to get real and get outside in 2010
There’s been a breakthrough in high definition — beyond Blu-Ray — and with a screen larger than the imagination’s capacity to take it all in. To really experience nature, put down the Wii controller, turn off the plasma screen television, leave the iPod in the glove compartment and head outside. By Chris Young.
BRIAN MACKEY: The week in review — in review
Late December is a time for thinking about the past, but there are ways to get that reflective fix on a weekly basis.
CRITTERS: Keep those unwanted critters out of your house
With cold weather here, raccoons, squirrels and other animals will seek shelter in your home. Here's how to keep them out. By Kelsea Gurski.
- Embargoed until Jan. 2.
- Localize it by talking to critter-control experts in your area and adding their quotes, etc.
THE KING LIVES: Elvis still rocks at age 75
Readers of The State Journal-Register share their memories of seeing Elvis Presley in person.
- Embargoed until Jan. 3.
- Localize it by doing the same callout, response. Elvis' birthday is Jan. 8.
DAVID ROBSON: Searching for winter color in the garden -- Winter is the quiet time of the year for the garden. There’s not much sound to tickle your hearing. Fragrances and aromas are only a memory, except for burning fireplace wood. Sure, it seems like nothing's happening ... but it won't be long before you'll see all kinds of colors.
WOOD ON WORDS: Take away the prefix, and you might take away the meaning
If something is “disheveled” or “unkempt,” could it also be “heveled” or “kempt”? By Barry Wood.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: A decade’s worth of resolutions
I tend to make it a full week or more before letting a resolution slide. What I really do is forget about it. It’s not that the resolution itself is so difficult. Remembering to keep it up once the holidays have passed is a far greater challenge.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: If I only had a million or two or three
I never play the lottery, believing the government gets enough of my money without me voluntarily handing over more of it. However, this has not kept me from making elaborate plans for what I would do with my winnings if I somehow won a jackpot.
LORI KILCHERMANN: Unleash your creativity in 2010
What’s the best investment to make in the New Year? The answer is surprisingly simple – invest in yourself. While the stock market will continue its perpetual roller coaster, self-investment is a sure and steady path to enrichment.
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Fantasy as unpredictable as the real sport
Fantasy football: a crapshoot? I’ve had this debate with friends for about as long as I’ve taken fantasy football seriously. Last week didn’t help my side of the debate. By Joey Baskerville.
- For Thursday: Devin Aromashodu feature and Bears Quick Shots.
- For Friday: Corey Graham story.
- For Saturday: Game advance and keys to the game.
- For Sunday: Game report card.
- For Friday: ILLINI FOLLOW: After surviving aginst No. 25 Northwestern, Illinois gets Gonzaga at the United Center Saturday. The Zags won't be intimidated by a near sellout crowd, and the Illini could use another win before concentrating on the Big Ten season. By John Supinie. Moving by 5 p.m.
- For Saturday: ILL-Gonzaga preview.
- For Sunday: ILL-Gonzaga gamer.
- For Monday: ILL Q&A follow.