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Man personalizes home by adding high-tech devices, color and art
PEORIA – After buying a home 1 1/2 years ago, Scott Tallyn let his personality take command. The 48-year-old owns Tallyn’s Professional Photographic and Data Recovery Services, and he spends workdays around the most modern technology. He wanted the 4,600-square-foot house, situated in the northwestern area of Peoria along WeaverRidge’s golf course, to reflect his high-tech interests. By Ryan Ori of the Peoria Journal Star.
State Briefs. News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
BLAGOJEVICH IMPEACHMENT: As expected, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has asked the House committee investigating impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich not to probe into Blagojevich’s alleged criminal activities, which could bring the committee's work to a quick close. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Early version posted; will be updated.
STATE CAPITOL Q&A: Everyone is calling for his ouster, but Gov. Rod Blagojevich insists he'll fight until his last breath. Why? We'll have questions and answers about the governor's refusal to step down, despite serious federal corruption allegations. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau.
FESTIVUS TIME? : Now even the fictional Festivus pole made famous on the hit TV show Seinfeld is making an appearance among the winter solstice, nativity and menorah madness at the Capitol. We'll look more into who put this up and why. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
New Ag Lab director refuses to succumb to doubt
PEORIA – During a time of economic strife and doubts, the new director of Peoria’s Ag Lab doesn’t have them. “The future is in our hands. Our mission is to solve important problems for the country and the world. As long as we do that, we’ll be fine,” said Paul Sebesta, who recently took over as head of the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research.
Pyramid, Ponzi schemes disguised as valid investment opportunities
SPRINGFIELD – The people taken in by Bernie Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme may be seen as greedy, but Robert FitzPatrick, a nationally recognized expert on pyramid and Ponzi schemes as well as other consumer frauds, says that isn’t the case with most people taken in by such frauds. By Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register.
Ministers see holiday sermons as chance emphasize Jesus
SPRINGFIELD – As the Rev. Blake Carter points out, the prophet Isaiah foretold of the coming of the Messiah as he watched his homeland Israel overrun by the Assyrians, ushering in a time of economic hardship, disease and broken spirits. “There’s a parallel of where Israel was then and where we are now,” says Carter, senior pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Springfield. “When Isaiah talked about the Messiah, what he was really saying was: don’t lose hope. For people struggling now, who have lost their jobs, who had to close their businesses or who are suffering depression, that’s something to reflect on.” By Steven Spearie of the State Journal-Register.
Utility workers toil in the cold
PEORIA – Under the influence of a frigid and bone-wearying 16-hour shift, Dave King stood at the ice-encrusted corner of Seneca Place and Wisconsin Avenue during the noon hour Monday, stuck a cigarette in his mouth and watched co-worker Jamie Baumgardner shimmy down a power pole. He was asked if he was tired. "No time to be tired," said King, a temporary shift supervisor for AmerenCILCO pressed into service by the recent run of arctic weather. By Scott Hilyard of the Peoria Journal Star.
BRITT: Toon on the homeless problem in Springfield. Will be posted this evening.
Phil Luciano: Cubs fans bring new meaning to die-hard
"He was an avid fan of the Cubs." You see that often in the obits. In fact, outside of religious affiliations, the Cubs might be the most common thread among people of all walks of life.
Editorial: Santa for president is change we can really believe in
At this time of year the most popular man in the nation — in the world — wears a red suit, drives a sleigh and brings toys to girls and boys. Santa Claus is so popular we wondered what would happen if he were elected president. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from Tuesday night’s Illinois-Missouri Braggin’ Rights game. Will be posted by 10:30 p.m. and updated if necessary.
BRAGGIN' RIGHTS: Illinois vs Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game. Tipoff 6:30 p.m. Game story with quotes and report card moving by 10:30 p.m. By John Supinie.
Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star will be writing a Bears column. Will be posted this evening.