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GATEHOUSE NEWSROOM

ABOVE AND BEYOND: Ohio sports editor recognized for special site
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1221100059

Writing coach: The perils of polls.
http://ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?bid=219

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

Animal therapy: Not your normal hospital visitor

ROCKFORD – Stella isn’t your typical hospital volunteer, with her four legs and floppy ears. The 4-year-old weimaraner caught several curious glances and earned a few belly rubs during an appearance at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center on Tuesday with her owner and nurse Theresa Geraci. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1885995184

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

STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2090105428

ADDED:

Senate to wait on budget, ethics until November

The Illinois Senate won’t return to Springfield until Nov. 12, delaying action on a lottery lease, an ethics bill and the reversal of budget cuts that will result in layoffs and the closure of some state parks and historic sites. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1780971532

Rep. wants House to state support of current drinking age

SPRINGFIELD – At a time when some U.S. college presidents are proposing lowering the legal drinking age of 21, a state representative wants to make sure that doesn't happen in Illinois. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol bureau.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x332630141

'Busted': WIU upset over MTV filming

MACOMB – Emotions bubbled over Wednesday when Western Illinois University leaders asked Macomb police about a production company's filming of city police officers for an MTV reality show. During a Community University Partnership Program meeting on Wednesday, WIU officials asked why they were not at least notified that the crew was coming to town.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1780971204

Park lovers turn out to fight closings

OREGON – T. Richard Day can look out his dining room window and see Chief Blackhawk — “The Eternal Indian.” He was one of a few dozen people who spoke out about Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s recent decision to close 11 state parks and 14 state historic sites to save money on the state’s budget. The park closings would be effective Nov. 1, while some historic sites would close Oct. 1. By Cathy Bayer of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2090105289

Rockford man convicted of murder found in Mexico

ROCKFORD – Authorities have found a Rockford man who has been on the lam since May, disappearing moments before a jury convicted him of first-degree murder. Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney Bob Schuman said Thursday morning that Brian S. Johnson, 39, is in police custody in Arizona. By Corina Curry of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1213461770

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

Granite dealers knock down radon reports

PEORIA – Reports of granite countertops emitting radon and hazardous radiation have swept the Internet since a New York Times article in July, but state health officials and local granite dealers say the low levels released by the stone pose no serious threat. By Kevin Sampier of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x55301265

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

Sharing a love of hummingbirds

PEORIA – When growing up in Peoria, Ernest Franzgrote was surrounded by bird houses and feeders put up by his family. After a 37-year career as a scientist Franzgrote will be speaking in Peoria on Friday night as an acclaimed hummingbird expert who studied, photographed and videotaped more than 200 species of hummingbirds. By Catharine Schaidle of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x272611209

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

BRITT: Toon on 9/11. POSTED.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x2090105694

Phil Luciano: Caveman club loses a longtime member

Bearded brethren, forgive me. As you can see from the new mug shot above this column, I have abandoned the way of the whiskers. And for that, I feel like the Benedict Arnold of fuzzy faces everywhere.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x332630023

Editorial: Iguodala a guy kids can look up to

It’s an article of faith that many American children look up to professional athletes as role models. They see a baseball player hit a home run, a football player score a touchdown or a basketball player dunk and they want to be like them. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1213461684

Editorial: Another 9-11, another chance to unify - for a day

9-11, seven years later. In some ways it seems more distant than that, some of the sting removed. In others it's as fresh as if it had all happened yesterday, those awful images and that date forever seared into our collective memories. We even remember the ideal autumn weather that morning, skies as crisp and as blue as they get, before they went dark. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x332630026

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

MIKE NADEL: CHICAGO - Vince Young's mommy is defending him from booing fans, Rex Grossman became passer non grata in Chicago, Kyle Orton has had a roller-coaster career, and even Tom Brady is having a rough time. I guess being a rich, famous NFL quarterback isn't all glamour all the time. POSTED.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1885995519

BEARS:

Ogunleye wants to be known as complete player

LAKE FOREST – Adewale Ogunleye wants it all. The nine-year veteran defensive end wants to play solid all game long. And, once a game, he also wants to make a big splash. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x272611234

Quick Shots: POSTED. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/bears/x1213461862