Illinois budget 11.23.09

Illinois budget 11.23.09

 

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please check www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.

 

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ILLINOIS BUDGET ONLINE:

The daily Illinois budget can be found online at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/budget. Budget updates will be posted there.
 
GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

 

Scarbrough data shows 171 million Americans using newspapers.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/scarbrough-data-shows-171-million-americans-using-newspapers

 

Weekend front-page gallery.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/weekend-front-page-gallery-november-20-22-2009

 

 

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT:

 

NEW DINO: WIU paleontologist part of team that found new dinosaur

Western Illinois University has a paleontological rock star among its faculty. Associate Professor Matthew Bonnan is part of the discovery team who found and described a new dinosaur in South Africa named Aardonyx, which means “earth claw.” By Erin McCarthy.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x441551655/WIU-paleontologist-part-of-team-that-found-new-dinosaur

 

 

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

 

STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.

 

STATEHOUSE: No daily stories from the Statehouse are planned.

 

 

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

 

PUMPKIN PROBLEMS: Pumpkin harvest in danger this season

An unusually wet season has wreaked havoc on local pumpkin harvest efforts, with Nestle announcing an expected shortage of its Libby’s brand pumpkin over the holiday season. By Tara Mattimoe.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x441551691/Pumpkin-harvest-in-danger-this-season

 

 

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

 

KIDS ROOMS: Make room for compromise when decorating your child's room

Kids want to make their own decisions. Parents don't want their kids to have a hideously decorated bedroom. Here's how to help your kids make choices for bedroom decorating you can both enjoy. By Kelsea Gurski.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x1945264397/Make-room-for-compromise-when-decorating-your-childs-room

 

PARTY TALK: How to talk your way to popularity at any party

By avoiding conversational landmines and learning how to make small talk effectively, you can be the hit of any social gathering. By Kathryn Rem.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2072217448/How-to-talk-your-way-to-popularity-at-any-party

 

APPALACHIAN TRIP: Out for a walk on the Appalachian Trail

Accompanied by his friend and his dog, Marc Sanson of Springfield set out on a dream earlier this year to hike the grueling Appalachian Trail across 2,200 miles and 14 states to the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine. By Dan Naumovich.

 

 

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

 

BRITT CARTOON: Will be posted this evening.

 

JEFF VRABEL: Leggo my Eggo, economy

Well, it's over, there are no more waffles. I am going to pause for a moment to let that news sink in and give you the time, if you are so moved, to kill yourself, because this waffle fiasco is pretty definitively the worst thing to happen to our collective breakfast-related condition since the lunchtime mauling of Sonny the Cocoa Puffs bird in that panther cage (he was so young and chocolatey).

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x215403524/Jeff-Vrabel-Leggo-my-Eggo-economy

 

DAN NAUMOVICH: Sorry to rain on your YouTube parade, but ...

One man's opinion: The videos that are too funny to believe are not believable.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1682934775/Dan-Naumovich-Sorry-to-rain-on-your-YouTube-parade-but

 

 

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

 

ILLINOIS PREVIEW: Looking ahead for a busy week for the Illini, who start by playing Wofford on Tuesday. Then Illinois plays Utah on Friday and Oklahoma State-Bradley winner Saturday in the Las Vegas Invitational. With preview capsule. By John Supinie. Moving by 6.30 p.m.

 

WITH THE ILLINI: After spending time this summer with USA Basketball, Illinois junior center Mike Tisdale wants to be more aggressive. He'll get a challenge later this week in Las Vegas. Lead to multi-sport notebook column. By John Supinie. Moving by 7 p.m.

 

NFL QUICK SHOTS: Column by Matt Trowbridge will be posted this evening.