Updated with Springfield story and Bears stories. Adds details on Coming Home.
GHNS ILLINOIS Budget for 9/28 editions
Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com.
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Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Editor Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, email@example.com
Assistant Editor Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, firstname.lastname@example.org
CEASE FIRE: Two downstate Republican lawmakers are proposing a state-sponsored program to combat and prevent gang violence, much in the same way Operation Cease Fire did before Gov. Rod Blagojevich cut it from the budget. It would be for communities and agencies outside of Chicago, and would be funded with money previously allocated to Cease Fire in those areas. They said they presumed Cook County would reinstate Operation Cease Fire. Springfield. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO SCHOOL: A 45-pound pig was on the loose on a field at a Kewanee, Ill., school Wednesday. Student athletes and police eventually corralled the little guy. On wire now. Star Courier / Illinois and News
‘FUNKY’ BUILDINGS: A look at some of Springfield’s unusual structures. On wire now / Illinois and Illinois News
BICYCLIST IS BACK: John Dempsey made it from Anacortes, Wash., back to Rockford on his bike. DEDONCKER/ROCKFORD, words 600 @6. Suppplied pics / Illinois and Illinois News
BLAGO IN PEORIA. (w/pic) Gov. Rod is scheduled to be in Peoria today at Heartland Community Health Clinic to make a 'major health care announcement.' MCDONALD, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
NINA ARRIVES. (w/pic) The Nina, a replica of Columbus' favorite ship, is scheduled to arrive in Peoria, just a week before Columbus Day. It opens to the public tomorrow, and reportedly thousands of schoolchildren are already scheduled to see the replica ship. It will be here until Oct. 15 and is also open to the public. SCHAIDLE, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
LINCOLN STATUE. (w/pic) Metamora is looking to raise $100,000 to have a renowned Lincoln sculptor design and create a sculpture of the penny president to adorn the front of the historic courthouse where Lincoln once had cases. Interestingly enough, a second sculpture of a woman who Lincoln represented in a murder case is also part of the project. There are small replicas of the life-size versions now on display. Will give the story of Lincoln and this woman's intertwined history. HANEY, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
COMING HOME. (w/pic) About 75 members of the Bloomington-based 33rd Military Police Battalion return home today to a parade and more. 3-4 inches of overview followed by five stories from individuals, so there are five mugs and overall photos involved. BUEDEL, Peoria. Evening / Illinois and Illinois News
- 'Moose' waits for Griese's 'wheelies'
- Wolfe watches as team changes
NADEL is off today
BUZZER SOUNDS: Cindy Butkovich spent her professional career in athletics. She began as a coach and teacher at Peoria Richwoods High School before working as an administrator at the Illinois High School Association. After 19 years as an administrative secretary in University of Illinois athletics, she retires after working the past 11 years in the Illini basketball office. SUPINIE. CHAMPAIGN. Early evening. Illinois sports.
SOX NOTEBOOK: WHALEN, Southtown. Evening / Illinois Sports and White Sox
CUBS NOTEBOOK: VORVA, Southtown. Evening / Illinois Sports and Cubs
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COLUMN: CRONIN, Southtown. Evening / Illinois Sports and College, etc.
PENN STATE AT ILLLINOIS ADVANCE: CRONIN, Southtown. Evening / Illinois Sports and College, etc.
EDITORIAL: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, is a clown. He may be a dangerous one, should his rogue, religiously run nation be successful in developing nuclear weapons, but he is a clown nonetheless. Peoria. / Illinois Opinions and Editorials
HAAS: I don't have enough money to pay this month’s bills. What should I do? Find another job or pay the lottery? @6, Rockford. Illinois Opinions
SIEBEN RETIRING -- Sen. Todd Sieben, whose district stretches from Geneseo through western Illinois and into Stephenson and western Winnebago counties, is not seeking re-election and is retiring at the end of next year. This story will profile his legacy in the Senate. Sieben was a great friend of hunters and outdoorsmen, constantly pushing for legislation favoring the rights of gun and bow hunters, and gun owners generally. A sidebar will examine contenders for the Senate seat. AARON CHAMBERS/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR. For Monday.
GRAFFITI CREWS: Ramsey weekender. With Art.