GHNS ILLINOIS BUDGET (1/29/08)
GHNS ILLINOIS BUDGET (1/29/08)
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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- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870, 708-785-4355, email@example.com NEWS http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news STANDALONE PHOTOS? If your paper has an impressive standalone photo to share, please email a high-rez jpeg to Illinois@gatehousemedia.com. We’ll include it with the digest or by itself. STATE BRIEFS: A collection of briefs from GateHouse newspapers across the state. By 5 p.m. / Illinois and Illinois News -NOTE: If your paper has a digest item you’d like to share, please email it to Illinois@gatehousemedia.com. AMEREN REACTION: Less than a week before a series of hearings on Ameren Illinois' request for a $247 million rate increase, a state lawmaker and officials from AARP and the Attorney General's Office urged consumers to oppose the proposal. Colindres / evening / Illinois and Illinois News SERIAL RAPIST: (w/ mug) Is Monterius Hinkle, 21, of Peoria a serial rapist? Peoria police on Monday added another charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault to Hinkle's rap sheet for allegedly forcing a 16-year-old girl, walking to school Sept. 14, to perform oral sex on him. Hinkle remains at the jail on criminal sexual assault charges for a Jan. 16 assault of another 16-year-old girl. Twice last fall he was arrested on sexual assault charges, but never charged. We'll find out details about those, talk to police about the new arrest and contact the mother of victim in the latest arrest for a comment. (merits; by 4 p.m.) LESLIE FARK PJS / Illinois and Illinois News RACING TIME: Bureau County Fair Board and the Princeton mayor are at odds over when stock car races will be allowed to be held at the fairgrounds. Race promoter initially wanted Sunday, the mayor said no way. Though the fairgrounds are not within the Princeton city limits, the property could be annexed into the city limits to enforce a no-Sunday racing standard, the mayor said. Now the fair board hopes to reach a decision that will appease everyone. A special committee will meet Wednesday and look at either Friday night and/or Saturday night races. (10-12 inches by 7:30 p.m.) CATHERINE HOPKINS PJS / Illinois and Illinois News STATE OF UNION: The consensus among local political science professors is that President Bush’s State of the Union address fell way short. Galesburg. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x1925673320 FLOODING: Winnebago County declares disaster area over flooding. Rockford. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x469086832 VA PROBLEMS: Marion Vet Center death rate ‘shocking.’ Marion. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/news/x603849099 OPINIONS http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions (if your paper would like to submit an editorial or other opinion piece that would work statewide (or nationwide), please e-mail it to Illinois@gatehousemedia.com) BRITT toon coming this afternoon. Check Illinois Opinions. SPORTS http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports MIKE NADEL is off today ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: If the Illini plan to make a run to save the season, it must start soon. But Illinois faces a big challenge against Michigan State, guard Drew Neitzel and an improved supporting cast. Serves as Illinois-Michigan State preview. With preview capsule. SUPINIE. Champaign. / Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.