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It’s hot! 20 ways you can tell the heat wave story.
Cartoonist Dave Granlund back on GateHouse News Service.
Paul Arco: Part 3: Scare follows post-chemo surgery
A pair of operations and follow-up chemotherapy put me on the road to surviving testicular cancer, but I wasn’t home free. The third in a four-part series on Paul Arco's memories of testicular cancer.
Part 2: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x488809117
Part 1: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1662362606
State Briefs. News from around the state.
STATE BUDGET: Lawmakers are in special session again, but even Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledges he doesn't expect them to provide a full answer on the messy budget picture until next week. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.
Fire destroys historic Hub ballroom
EDELSTEIN – Fire destroyed the historic Hub ballroom in Edelstein on Wednesday morning. The fire started about 2:55 a.m. The entire building, located at Illinois Route 40 and Main Street, was burned to the ground. A cause is not yet known. Peoria Journal Star.
Phil Luciano: For some, the Hub was the place to be
Helen Everly has been a fan of the Hub since the beginning — literally. She was there the first night it opened, in 1938. She was 21 and went with her brother. “ I don’t remember who played,” says Everly, still spry at age 92. “But we had a great time.”
Caterpillar unveils hybrid bulldozer
EDWARDS – Caterpillar Inc. is getting into the hybrid vehicle business. Except these won't be vehicles you'll see on the highway. The company Tuesday officially launched its line of Diesel-electric hybrid bulldozers - the D7E - that it says will improve fuel efficiency 30 percent or more while not skimping on the power its customers expect from Caterpillar equipment. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
Yoga teacher's stretch lasts 3 decades
ROCKFORD – In the 30 years that he’s been teaching yoga, Jeff Leaich has struck a pose in a variety of places. He’s been in factories and schools, fitness centers and hospitals. But this summer, the 59-year-old is realizing a longtime wish: teaching outdoor yoga classes. By Elizabeth Davies of Rockford Register Star.
To enjoy food at its best, be sure to read the label
Dates and codes on fresh, canned and packaged goods can be confusing to figure out, but there are ways to detect whether that can of green beans or carton of milk has been in the cupboard or refrigerator too long. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.
Kathryn Rem: Cookbook author whips up a successful career
Time magazine has described the James Beard Foundation Awards as “the Oscars of the food world." Each year, they are awarded to chefs, restaurateurs, critics, restaurant designers, rising stars . . . and cookbook authors like former Springfield resident Cheryl Alters Jamison. A graduate of Sangamon State University, she has not one, but four of the coveted awards.
BRITT: Toon on the state budget fiasco.
Dave Bakke: Four-day work week could mean savings for state
They have discussed a tax increase, layoffs, cuts in a variety of services that affect a significant portion of Illinoisans, a wage freeze, wage reductions and unpaid furlough days. But neither Illinois’ legislators nor the governor has put a four-day work week for state employees on the table. Should they?
Editorial: Wisconsin needs to crack down on drunken drivers
Like an alcoholic who vows to merely cut down drinking, not stop, Wisconsin claims it’s getting tougher on drunken drivers. But it hasn’t sworn off the real problem, the double martini of legislative apathy: Wisconsin is the only state in the Union that still punishes first-time drunken drivers with a traffic citation, not a criminal charge. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
Editorial: Only voters can change otherwise hopeless Illinois
Never fear, Illinoisans. In state government, pension payments may take a holiday, and legislators may take leave of their compassion and common sense in funding services for the most vulnerable, but in a world where you can't count on much, in the Prairie State you can bank on this: Corruption never goes on vacation. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Hynes owes answers about pre-need fund
The allegations leveled at state Comptroller Dan Hynes over the loss of millions of dollars from a pre-need funeral trust fund cry out for answers regarding what his office was doing about the fund’s growing deficit. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
New putter has former Illini golfer Points firmly back on tour
ROCKFORD – D.A. Points had fallen off the PGA Tour for two years. Now his equipment sponsor had dropped him. It should have been one of the most difficult moments of the Pekin native’s golfing life. Instead, it turned into Points’ big break. Getting out of that contract with Ping helped Points finally establish himself on the PGA Tour, a decade after graduating as a third-team All-American at Illinois. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
Sports and heat can mix, parents say
SPRINGFIELD – Hot or not, children’s summer sports games and practices continue, but area parents say avoiding problems is a matter of common sense. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register. To localize: How are local youth sports teams handling the heat?
John Supinie is on vacation.