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Carbondale, IL – AREA SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES ARE CALLING ON LAWMAKERS TO OVERRIDE THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS...

GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH VETOED MORE THAN 55-MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE STATE FUNDED SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT SYSTEM. THOSE DOLLARS ARE MATCHED ONE FOR ONE BY A FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT WHICH MEANS THE STATE STANDS TO LOSE MORE THAN 100-MILLION DOLLARS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT.

Carbondale, IL – WILLIAMSON COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CAR CRASH...

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY THE ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT OCCURRED FRIDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 4:30 ALONG FOWLER SCHOOL ROAD - A HALF MILE EAST OF OLD FRANKFORT ROAD.

THE NAME OF THE VICTIM IS NOT BEING RELEASED PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY IT APPEARS THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROAD WAY AND STRUCK SEVERAL TREES.

Springfield, IL – A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS LAWMAKER IS DISAPPOINTED THE HOUSE ADJOURNED THURSDAY AFTER VOTING DOWN A KEY PART OF THE GAMING EXPANSION PLAN WHICH WOULD HAVE FUNDED MUCH OF THE CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROPOSAL.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BOST OF MURPHYSBORO SAYS THE STATE NEEDS A CAPITAL BUDGET TO FUND IMPORTANT ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS AND OTHER IMPORTANT EFFORTS SUCH AS THE TRANSPORTATION EDUCATION CENTER AT SIU-CARBONDALE.

Springfield, IL – THE TOP REPUBLICAN IN THE ILLINOIS HOUSE KNOWS IT LOOKS STRANGE TO BE ON THE SAME SIDE OF SOMETHING AS THE UNPOPULAR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR, ROD BLAGOJEVICH.

BUT MINORITY LEADER TOM CROSS SAYS BLAGOJEVICH HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BRING DOWN A SERIES OF BUDGET VETOES DURING THE SPECIAL SESSION. AND CROSS HOPES THE HOUSE LETS THE VETOES STAND.

Springfield, IL – ILLINOIS HOUSE LAWMAKERS WILL RETURN TO SPRINGFIELD NEXT WEEK TO CONSIDER RESTORING SOME OF THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS. BUT THE STATE SENATE WON'T BE JOINING THEM.

SENATE PRESIDENT EMIL JONES SAYS THAT CHAMBER HAS DONE ITS JOB. JONES WAS REFERRING TO REVENUE PROPOSALS THAT WOULD COVER MOST OF THE SPENDING IN THE STATE'S BUDGET.

Springfield, IL – SPRINGFIELD AREA LAWMAKERS SAY A STATE ANALYSIS OF A PROPOSED MOVE OF STATE TRANSPORTATION WORKERS SHOWS WHY THE IDEA SHOULD BE SCRAPPED.

THE GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCED HE WANTS TO MOVE BETWEEN 100 AND 150 WORKERS FROM THE CAPITOL CITY TO HARRISBURG.

BLAGOJEVICH SAYS IT WOULD SAVE THE STATE MONEY IT'S PAYING IN RENT AND THAT THE MOVE HELP THE ECONOMY IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF ILLINOIS.

Carbondale – ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS FINALLY MAKING GOOD ON A PROMISE TO PROVIDE NEARLY 2-MILION DOLLARS FOR REPAIRS AT CARTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ...

STATE SENATOR GARY FORBY SAYS THE GOVERNOR THIS WEEK RELEASED THE FINAL PAYMENT. BLAGOJEVICH FIRST PROMISED THE MONEY IN SEPTEMBER OF 2006 FOLLOWING A TOUR OF THE SCHOOL.

THE GOVERNOR GAVE THE HIGH SCHOOL ITS FIRST 475-THOUSAND DOLLAR INSTALLMENT IN NOVEMBER OF 2006.

Carbondale – WITH THE TEMPERATURE EXPECTED TO BE NEAR 90 THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, THE STATE IS OPENING MANY OF ITS BUILDINGS TO THOSE IN NEED OF PLACE TO COOL OFF...

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES SPOKESMAN TOM GREEN SAYS MORE THAN 120 STATE FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AS COOLING CENTERS.

GREEN SAYS THE COOLING CENTERS ARE OPEN DURING NORMAL WEEKDAY BUSINESS HOURS FROM 8:30AM TO 4:30PM.

Springfield – THE ILLINOIS ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE ASSOCIATION SAYS THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS WILL TRANSLATE INTO A LOSS OF MORE THAN 100-MILLION DOLLARS FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN THE STATE...

Carbondale – THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS WILL MEAN A LOSS OF NEARLY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS FOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS REGION...

SEVEN PRISONS AND TWO YOUTH CAMPS WILL BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE REDUCTIONS.

New Castle, DE – IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR JOB SECURITY IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, A DELAWARE-BASED COMPANY MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME VALUABLE INFORMATION.

SCORELOGIX SAYS IT HAS DEVELOPED A JOB SECURITY SCORE THAT CAN PREDICT AN INDIVIDUAL'S JOB AND INCOME LOSS RISK USING PERSONAL DATA AND ECONOMIC FACTORS WHICH IMPACT A PERSON'S JOB PROSPECTS.

Springfield, IL – LEADERS OFFICIALLY CUT THE RIBBON ON THE SIMMONS-COOPER CANCER INSTITUTE AT SIU'S MEDICAL SCHOOL IN SPRINGFIELD TODAY.

THE $21.5 MILLION FACILITY WILL HOUSE STATE-OF-THE-ART DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT EQUIPMENT, AND PROVIDES A MORE COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR PATIENTS. IT ALSO HOLDS RESEARCH FACILITIES, SO THAT RESEARCH, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT CAN ALL HAPPEN UNDER ONE ROOF.

Springfield, IL – Governor Rod Blagojevich has sliced nearly one and a half billion dollars from the state's budget....

The cuts range from health care programs to public transit systems to higher education. The governor says he was forced to wield the budget axe because the spending plan the general assembly approved was unbalanced.

West Frankfort – THE U-S POST OFFICE IN WEST FRANKFORT MAY SOON CARRY THE NAME OF ITS HOME-TOWN CONGRESSMAN AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS THE "PRINCE OF PORK"...

Springfield, IL – THE HOUSE HAS FIXED LEGISLATION THAT PROMPTED GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH TO HALT ONGOING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS EARLIER THIS WEEK.

THE BILL AUTHORIZES THE GOVERNOR TO CONTINUE PAYING CONTRACTORS ON $30 MILLION IN PROJECTS THAT ARE UNDER WAY. IT ALSO ADDED $25 MILLION FOR ``EMERGENCIES'' - INCLUDING THIS WEEK'S FAILURE OF THE
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AT THE EXECUTIVE MANSION.

Springfield, IL – Illinois House lawmakers have defeated a plan to expand gambling as a way to pay for construction needs.

The package would drastically change the gambling landscape in Illinois, giving Chicago a casino and adding two more in the state. But as was expected the measure fell far short of passing, leaving the future of a so called capital program more uncertain than ever.

Springfield, IL – THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION HAS COME OUT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY.

THE LAST ILLINOIS EXECUTION WAS IN 1999 AT THE TAMMS CORRECTIONAL CENTER. SINCE THEN, A MORATORIUM SUPPORTED BY TWO GOVERNORS HAS BEEN IN PLACE, BUT THE DEATH PENALTY IS STILL IN THE STATUTE BOOKS, AND CONVICTS ARE STILL SENT TO DEATH ROW.

Springfield, IL – THE WEST NILE VIRUS IS NOT MAKING A MAJOR IMPACT IN ILLINOIS SO FAR THIS SUMMER...BUT HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN THAT MAY CHANGE.

BATCHES OF MOSQUITOES TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE WEST NILE VIRUS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN JACKSON AND FIVE OTHER ILLINOIS COUNTIES...AND NOW BIRDS HAVE BEEN FOUND WITH THE VIRUS IN WINNEBAGO COUNTY.

THAT'S LESS THAN REPORTED AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR. BUT STATE PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD SAYS THE RECEDING FLOODWATERS COULD CREATE MORE MOSQUITO PROBLEMS.

Washington, D.C. – A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN WANTS CONGRESS TO DEAL WITH WHAT HE CALLS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE IN THE U-S...HIGH GAS PRICES.

REPUBLICAN JOHN SHIMKUS IS SUPPORTING A DISCHARGE PETITION TO FORCE FLOOR VOTES IN THE U-S HOUSE TO ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF COAL TO LIQUID TECHNOLOGY.

SHIMKUS SAYS THE PROCESS WOULD PUT A DENT IN SOARING GAS PRICES AND PUT MORE PEOPLE TO WORK.

Springfield, IL – GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH'S HUGE CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM IS GETTING A HEARING IN THE ILLINOIS HOUSE, BUT HARDLY ANYONE IS LISTENING.

DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SPEAKER MICHAEL MADIGAN'S CHIEF BUDGET NEGOTIATOR FINALLY CALLED FOR ORDER IN THE NOISY HOUSE CHAMBER AFTER BEING APPROACHED BY FRUSTRATED REPUBLICAN LEADER TOM CROSS.

Chicago, IL – A SPECIAL BUMPER STICKER WILL BE UNVEILED DURING THE GREEN PARTY NATIONAL CONVENTION.

CARBONDALE ATTORNEY RICH WHITNEY - THE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN 2006 - WILL DEBUT THE STICKER DURING A RECEPTION HE'S HOSTING TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE PALMER HOUSE HILTON IN CHICAGO.

THE STICKER READS, "DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED WHITNEY FOR GOVERNOR."

WHITNEY SAYS HE THINKS THE MESSAGE MAKES SENSE IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT CLIMATE IN ILLINOIS STATE GOVERNMENT.

Springfield, IL – A NEW CANCER INSTITUTE BUILDING WILL SOON BE OPEN TO OFFER STATE-OF-THE ART EVALUATION AND TREATMENT FACILITIES TO CANCER PATIENTS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.

THE S-I-U SCHOOL OF MEDICINE'S NEW SIMMONS-COOPER CANCER INSTITUTE IS NEARING COMPLETION IN SPRINGFIELD AND WILL INCLUDE CANCER CARE COMBINED WITH RESEARCH STUDIES AND COLLABORATIONS.

Springfield, IL – THE ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE HAS LAUNCHED A NEW GUIDE TO RECALLED CHILDREN'S ITEMS.

THE "MOST WANTED GUIDE" CONTAINS IMAGES AND INFORMATION ON 170 CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS RECALLED SINCE JANUARY, TOTALING 10-MILLION UNITS RECALLED.

ATTORNEY GENERAL DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF CARA SMITH SAYS JUST BECAUSE YOU BOUGHT AN ITEM AT A REPUTABLE STORE DOESN'T MEAN IT'S SAFE. SHE SAYS DANGEROUS PRODUCTS CAN BE FOUND ALMOST EVERYWHERE.

Springfield, IL – ILLINOIS FARMERS SOON WILL HAVE A CHEAP AND CONVENIENT OPPORTUNITY TO DISPOSE OF THEIR EMPTY AGRI-CHEMICAL CONTAINERS.

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS ARRANGED TO OFFER A FREE PESTICIDE CONTAINER RECYCLING PROGRAM THIS SUMMER.

NEXT MONTH, SITES IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WILL COLLECT THE CONTAINERS AND GRIND THEM INTO SMALL PLASTIC CHIPS THAT WILL BE USED TO MAKE SHIPPING PALLETS, FENCE POSTS, DRAINAGE TUBING, PLASTIC LUMBER AND HAZARDOUS WASTE DRUMS.

Springfield, IL – SEVERAL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FIRE DEPARTMENTS WILL RECEIVE HELP FROM THE STATE TO PURCHASE SMALL EQUIPMENT AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.

STATE GRANTS RANGING FROM $5,500 TO OVER $25,000 ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN ALBION, FAIRFIELD, MT. CARMEL, MURPHYSBORO, SESSER, STEELEVILLE AND PERCY.

THE MONEY CAN BE USED TO PURCHASE SUCH THINGS AS TURNOUT COATS FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND EXTRICATION EQUIPMENT. LARGER ITEMS, SUCH AS FIRE TRUCKS, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNDER THIS PROGRAM.

Springfield, IL – THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS STARTED PAYING MORE THAN $2 MILLION TO FARMERS WHO LOST EITHER CROPS OR MONEY WHEN A SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS GRAIN-ELEVATOR OPERATOR CLOSED.

THE GRAIN EXCHANGE OWNED ELEVATORS IN CARLYLE, BARTELSO, SANDOVAL AND GERMANTOWN WHEN IT CLOSED IN FEBRUARY.

THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SAYS 100 FARMERS LOST A COMBINED $2.1 MILLION WHEN THE COMPANY CLOSED FEBRUARY 18TH.

St. Louis, MO – With floodwaters continuing to recede, the Coast Guard has reopened the St. Louis harbor on the Mississippi River to commercial traffic.
The river remains closed to recreational boats for a stretch of about 133 miles of the upper Mississippi River, from Saverton through south St. Louis County.
The extremely high water from June flooding made it too dangerous to travel on the river.
The Illinois River remains closed to recreational vessels for a 24-mile stretch, as does a 21-mile stretch of the Kaskaskia River.

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