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Ministry has high hopes for wind turbine
ROCKFORD – The top of a two-story building in the middle of the city doesn’t seem like the ideal place for an electricity-generating wind turbine, but Rockford Urban Ministries is hoping to defy expectations. The nonprofit group wants to install a turbine, plus a solar power array, on the roof of its building by year’s end. The electricity generated will power the first floor, home to the ministry’s headquarters and its Just Goods fair-trade store. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. Will be posted by 5 p.m.
OLD FIREFIGHTER PENSIONS. Rep. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson, is pushing legislation that he says would correct an injustice by ensuring that firefighters who retired before July 1971 have their pensions calculated in the same way as newer retirees. His legislation, which cleared an Illinois House committee today, would affect a maximum of 29 retired firefighters who are age 81 and older and would cost, at maximum, about $325,000. By Adriana Colindres of the Statehouse Bureau.
Burn barrels troubling to health officials
ELDORADO – The use of burn barrels in rural Illinois has officials concerned about the possible side effects of the smoke. By Brian DeNeal of the Harrisburg Daily Register.
Koehler wants civil union law passed
PEORIA - State Sen. David Koehler is proposing legislation that would legalize civil unions in Illinois and entitle unmarried couples - including those of the same sex - to the same protections and benefits currently afforded to traditional married couples.
FOIA INFORMATION RETURNED: PEORIA – Personal information provided in error as a result of a Freedom of Information request has been voluntarily returned to the city intact. The information has been shredded, and officials were assured that the information was not compromised, copied, or distributed. From the Peoria Journal Star.
ISU THREAT: Illinois State University officials are investigating a written threat on a stainless steel toilet paper dispenser stating, "ISU is the next NIU." A new Web site has been announced to keep university community updated on security issues. By Steve Stein of the Peoria Journal Star.
BEST VIEW IN SPRINGFIELD: This is the final week for the restaurant and jazz club on the 30th floor of the Hilton Springfield. The plan is to convert it into a banquet hall. The club was a hot spot for a long time, but the smoking ban has cut down the crowds. It’s hard to step outside when you’re 30 floors up. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register. Will be posted this evening.
BRITT: Toon on ZZ Top performing at the State Fair with no power. Will be posted this afternoon.
GRANLUND: Toon on the media’s lovefest with Barack Obama. Will be posted this afternoon.
CASEY LAUGHMAN: If we’re going to have extra February, we deserve a holiday http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x2052202512
CHUCK SWEENY: Honor students’ memories with memorial, not hall
It’s entirely appropriate for Northern Illinois University to want to build a memorial to the five students killed and others wounded by a severely disturbed gunman at Cole Hall. But the university and Gov. Rod Blagojevich have a novel idea of what that memorial should look like.
DEIRDRE REILLY: What’s to blame for our killer youth?
When I sent my middle son to college, I had the normal worries associated with a loved child’s departure from home – would he eat enough? Rest enough? Study enough? One thing I never asked myself, though – is he fast enough if he had to outrun a gunman? This, sadly, is what American parents now are facing when it comes to their college students attending schools all over the country.
EDITORIAL: Lift U.S. embargo on Cuba
A citizenry that thinks nothing of buying goods from communist China at the nearest Wal-Mart ought to support lifting the trade embargo on communist Cuba with the opportunity that a change in leadership has presented there. A central Illinois that goes as Caterpillar goes ought to back being able to sell Cat equipment there. By the Peoria Journal Star.
MIKE NADEL: Mike Nadel is off.
ILLINI: CHAMPAIGN – Illinois basketball notebook. By John Supinie. Will be posted this evening.
BU will allow Ruffin to play
PEORIA - Bradley University president Joanne Glasser announced Wednesday night that guard Daniel Ruffin was reinstated to the basketball team. By Leslie Fark and Kirk Wessler of the Peoria Journal Star.
JANE MILLER: Johnson knows Vegas involves luck
Jimmie Johnson has won the last three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he'll be acting this weekend as if he has never won there.
FOR THE WEEKEND:
WE ASK, LINCOLN ANSWERS: A Q&A with Honest Abe
In preparation for celebration of the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Freeport Journal-Standard sits down with the Railsplitter for a Q&A. (Okay, it’s actually Freeport resident George Buss, who will be playing Lincoln at all of the debate celebrations this year. But it’s as close as anyone’s going to get.) By Ryan Blackburn of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
DRAWING FROM THE PAST: Man honors late wife with drawings of houses
Kevin Kupper founded his business, Architectural Images, thanks to encouragement from his wife, Holly, nearly two decades ago. More than three years after her death, Kupper carries on with pen-and-ink drawings in his wife's memory. By Ryan Ori of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted Friday for use in weekend editions.
REACHING OUT: South Side Mission program focuses on elderly poor
Peoria's South Side Mission is trying to help out a group that is often overlooked -- the elderly poor. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted Friday for use in weekend editions.