Illinois Budget 2.10.10

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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

OLYMPICS SUCCESS: Michigan papers go for the gold with Winter Olympics tab.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/michigan-papers-go-gold-winter-olympics-tab

New Template Tips: What kind of content should go in Hot Topics?
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/new-template-tips-what-kind-conten-should-go-hot-topics

Leadership Series 2010: The LEDE
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/leadership-series-2010-lede

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT:

Mild earthquake shakes up northern Illinois

Doug and Lynn Dupont say the earthquake that shook their Caledonia home Wednesday morning felt like a freight train had roared through the neighborhood. The 3.8-magnitude earthquake, which hit near Virgil at about 4 a.m., didn't do much damage, but it was felt as far away as Indiana and Iowa. Rockford Register Star. Will be updated.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x196126887/Mild-earthquake-shakes-up-northern-Illinois

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

State Briefs. News from around the state.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1631824613/State-Briefs-2-10-10

This week at the statehouse:
 
For Thursday:
 
BUDGET DELAY: Lawmakers move ahead with a plan to push back Gov. Pat Quinn's budget speech to March 10, and he plans to put out more information about the budget situation and take public input for two weeks leading up to the speech. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. With a breakout of dates for budget speeches going back to 2000.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x196127979/Over-Republican-objections-Senate-approves-more-time-for-Quinn-to-give-budget-address

CONSTRUCTION NEEDS: A group of civil engineers says the new major construction program in Illinois has helped the state's infrastructure some, but everything from roads to water systems needs much, much more done in the coming years. By John Guidroz of the State Capitol Bureau.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x626051064/Report-States-infrastructure-problems-go-beyond-capital-plan

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

Fast-growing real estate agency follows proven blueprint

PEORIA – At the Keller Williams Building in north Peoria, not much is left to chance. "Everything is laid out according to specifications, even the seating plan in the lobby," said Laurie Covington, team leader for Keller Williams Realty, the national real estate firm that opened in Peoria four years ago. Everything works according to plan at Keller Williams, and growth is part of that plan, said owner Linda Kepple. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1631824262/Fast-growing-real-estate-agency-follows-proven-blueprint

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

Kathryn Rem: Candy hearts continue to change with the times

For 145 years, the Revere, Mass.-based New England Confectionery Co. has been turning out Sweethearts — those pastel-hued, sugary hearts so popular around Valentine’s Day. In an attempt to keep the messages on them relevant, “Tweet Me” and “Text Me” are replacing the oh-so-outdated “Email Me” and “Fax Me.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1631823901/Kathryn-Rem-Candy-hearts-continue-to-change-with-the-times

After hours in the snow, woman saved by passerby

PEARL CITY – Friday began as nothing unusual for Carol Klentz, 63, of Pearl City. She made plans to shop in Freeport and as she made her way to her garage for the trip, something went horribly wrong. Klentz stepped into a small pile of soft, mushy snow on the cold, blustery day. Her ankle snapped and as she fell to the ground, she remembered her cell phone was in the car. Klentz was stuck in the snow for hours before she was able to get the attention of a passerby. By Jane Lethlean of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x196127379/After-hours-in-the-snow-woman-saved-by-passerby

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

BRITT: Local toon.
 
Phil Luciano: Suggestion for new Bradley mascot: Go nuts

Is the time finally right for The Bradley University Fighting Squirrels? Bradley, which has lacked a mascot for a decade, might again consider the issue. Last week, the Student Senate passed a resolution urging President Joanne Glasser to form a committee that would come up with a new mascot.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x228080510/Phil-Luciano-Suggestion-for-new-Bradley-mascot-Go-nuts

Amy Gehrt: We’ve been down this road before

Once again, an Illinois politician is grabbing national headlines — not as a brilliant leader, but an alleged criminal. Scott Lee Cohen seemed poised for a storybook ending. A week later, Cohen’s once-rosy political future has become mired in scandal.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x626050249/Amy-Gehrt-We-ve-been-down-this-road-before

Editorial: Change the rules on picking lieutenant governors

Having poured at least $2 million of his own cash into the race for lieutenant governor - as much as the office's annual budget - Scott Lee Cohen held the Democratic nomination for precisely five days before withdrawing. His decision no doubt comes as a relief for Democrats. No such luck for Illinoisans in general who saw their state become a national punchline again. Alas, don't cry for us, America, as this wound, like most of those incurred previously, was entirely self-inflicted. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1328932602/Editorial-Change-the-rules-on-picking-lieutenant-governors

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

ILLINI:
 
ILLINOIS FOLLOW: Tuesday night’s win against Wisconsin has the Illini where they were expected to be at the beginning of the season: serious contenders in the Big Ten. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.