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H.S. FOOTBALL: See how the Ohio group put together FridayNightOhio.com, a Web site devoted to the area’s rabid high school football fan base.
OBAMA COVERAGE: See how the State Journal-Register covered Barack Obama’s first appearance with his running mate.
JEAN HODGES: The Golden Rule of submitting to the news service.
Cosmetic surgery: The new tools of the corporate trade
Your bosses and co-workers can claim diet and exercise all they want. The truth is, that healthy glow might be the result of cosmetic enhancement. And it might put them at a competitive advantage for the next promotion. It’s a phenomenon occurring across the country. Plastic surgery, once the dominion of Hollywood starlets, has found a home in the corporate boardroom. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
PAY-TO-PLAY: As expected, Gov. Rod Blagojevich changes the ethics reform bill lawmakers sent him in May to "strengthen" it. But by using both his executive order authority and veto power to add more reform, the governor could be inviting another fight with lawmakers and a legal challenge -- the outcome advocates have warned for months could derail their reform efforts. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening.
NIU STUDENTS RETURN: Northern Illinois students returned to campus Monday for the first semester since February’s shootings. Coverage from the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening.
Gas prices don’t matter for couple with electric pickup
ROCKFORD – Four dollars per gallon. Five dollars per gallon. Heck, make it $10 per gallon. Chris and Danny Lopez don’t care anymore. “We’re boycotting gas,” Chris Lopez said. She and her husband aren’t walking, riding bicycles or taking public transportation. Instead, they are some of the first in the area to buy a ZAP, or a Zero Air Pollution, all-electric vehicle. By Chris Green of the Rockford Register Star.
NIU's cancer therapy center challenged
CHICAGO – An Indiana-based company that develops proton therapy centers is charging Northern Illinois University with stifling competition in Illinois. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.
Jones’ exit causes ripple effect
SPRINGFIELD – Emil Jones’ retirement from the Illinois Senate creates a large, rare void at the state Capitol, with a wide-reaching effect on the legislature’s future. Here is a look at why Jones’ departure is so important. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau.
Capitol Notebook: Blagojevich bats .500 on rewrite campaign
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s “Rewrite to Do Right” initiative batted .500 last week. Despite questions about whether the Democratic governor had gone beyond his constitutionally granted authority, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday accepted his changes to one bill and rejected his changes to another. By the State Capitol bureau staff.
Sticks and Stones break the bank
PEORIA – Brad and Jera Deal are among Peoria's nouveau riche. While their business, Sticks and Stones, is becoming a national sensation, in Peoria they are not household names. Only three years ago, the Deals set up Sticks and Stones as a business that creates handmade keepsake gifts by framing black and white photographs of letters from objects found in nature and architecture. Now, it’s a $10 million a year operation that even has Oprah placing orders. By Catharine Schaidle of the Peoria Journal Star.
Midwest Tech Institute propers by embracing change
SPRINGFIELD – The sleek, modern brick building just off Interstate 55 belies the image of a trade school. But then the definition of a trade has changed, too, and Midwest Technical Institute has prospered by staying abreast of what’s needed. By Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register.
Home construction depression a boon for conservation groups
ROCKFORD – Jerry Paulson, executive director of the Natural Land Institute, can look at a map of Winnebago County and point to properties he wishes his group could have bought and preserved for future generations — but wasn't able to, with land such a hot commodity during the housing boom. That's not the case now. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.
Public awareness spurs rise in sleep apnea diagnoses
ROCKFORD – Snoring isn’t funny anymore. In fact, consider it a warning sign, said Donna Hartman, the former coordinator at the Rockford Health System sleep center. It’s one of the symptoms of sleep apnea, and its diagnosis is on the rise in the U.S. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.
Rise of open adoptions puts new face on old process
WASHBURN – Agencies that once espoused secrecy in adoptions now endorse contact between birth parents, adoptive parents and the child. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.
BRITT: Toon on John McCain’s houses. POSTED.
BONUS BRITT: Toon on Bill Clinton at the Democratic convention. POSTED.
Jeff Vrabel: Last thoughts on the Olympics
Meandering thoughts from watching two weeks of Olympic excitement, which I have enjoyed very much, although I think I'm all set on watching diving for a few years.
Dave Bakke: Flying to Springfield? Double-check your ticket
With her father about to undergo angioplasty in Arkansas, Sandy Sopin bought a ticket to fly from Seattle to Springfield, Mo., where she was to rent a car and drive to her parents’ home. Unfortunately for her, she fell victim to the old “wrong Springfield” trick. She bought a ticket to come to Springfield, Ill., instead of Springfield, Mo. And that was her entry into GWOT — the Global War on Travelers.
Editorial: Privatized war comes with cost
Out of every $1 the United States spends in Iraq, 20 cents goes not to America's military but to a private contractor. So says a Congressional Budget Office report released this month. The CBO analysis reveals the striking extent to which the Bush administration has privatized the Iraq war. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: Now the going gets tough for Obama, Biden
You've heard it for months now, and if you were among the thousands who packed downtown Springfield on Saturday, you saw it firsthand: The Obama campaign has stirred interest among young voters like no other in recent memory. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
MIKE NADEL: CHICAGO – With injured No. 1 draft choice Chris Williams debunking GM Jerry Angelo's claim that the offensive tackle “had no symptoms of any kind of herniation" in college, the Bears set their damage-control machine on full spin cycle. The more they protest, the less believable they seem to be. POSTED.
ILLINI: WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport notebook led with Illinois football. Will also include men's basketball. By John Supinie. Moving this evening.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: The following stories have been posted.
ILLINOIS PREVIEW: CHAMPAIGN -- It was a first for Illinois quarterback Juice Williams.
Standing there on the turf at the Horseshoe at Ohio State in November, Williams wanted to tell coach Ron Zook that he could get that inch needed on fourth down at the Illini 33-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, but Williams had never challenged a coach's decision. Even if it was a program still trying to claw out of a hole from five years of losing, there was plenty to lose. By John Supinie.
LAURINAITIS: CHICAGO -- Senior linebacker James Laurinaitis didn't return to Ohio State solely to win the national championship, although the title is on his mind. The Buckeyes, the three-time defending Big Ten Conference champs who enter the season ranked No. 2 nationally, returned 18 starters from last season's team that lost to LSU in the BCS national championship game. Then add freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the dual-threat phenom who already impressed the usually conservative coach Jim Tressel to say he would "absolutely'' put Pryor on the field, going so far as to say Pryor has "extraordinary ability.'' But for Laurinaitis, there's more than just taking another shot after losing in the last two national title games. By John Supinie.
BIG TEN CAPSULES: A look at the Big Ten teams. By John Supinie.