Illinois budget 3.30.10

Illinois budget 3.30.10


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WAKE-UP CALL: Tuesday’s Wake Up Call! Are heavy rains impacting local agriculture?


ASFS: From a New York editor: How ASFs can make Page 1 newsier.





STATE CAPITOL Q&A: A closer look at where bills are as the state legislature is on a two-week spring break, from what bills are moving so far to what's next when lawmakers return. Keith.


RACE TO THE TOP: With Illinois out of the initial run for federal money for school improvements, what happens now with significant reforms approved to lure the money -- including stronger teacher evaluations opposed by unions. Feldt. VERY TENTATIVE. Will advise if the story will happen.





BRITT CARTOON: Illinois' 'Hall of Shame Portrait Gallery.'


EDITORIAL: Trump should follow Illinois' lead and fire Blagojevich - At some point it became so painful to watch one almost had to avert his eyes. We're referring to Sunday night's episode of "Celebrity Apprentice," of course, where Rod Blagojevich could not figure out how to turn on a computer, explaining that "a lot of technology ... passed me by" when he was Illinois' governor with 60,000 people working and doing everything for him. "And before that I was a congressman, so I never had to learn it," he said. By The Journal Star.





SOUP: Any hard work put into soup pays off -- Making soup - really good, praise-worthy soup - doesn't require a culinary degree or endless free time. It takes a little planning is all. And taking the time to build a homemade stock is best, but we give you some ideas to fudge that too in our time-saving tips. By Jennifer Davis.





ILLINI BACK TO WORK: Illinois football began spring practice Tuesday following a second straight losing season that triggered an overhaul with the coaching staff. The Illini realize the new coaches care little about last year's depth chart. By John Supinie. Moving by 9.45 p.m.


U OF I SECTION ON GHNS: Note that there is a section on GHNS devoted to University of Illinois sports. The page is here: