Illinois Budget 9.02.09

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Knife skills students hone their dicing and slicing abilities

PEORIA – By the time class is over, students have sliced, diced, chopped, julienned, minced and chiffonaded - yes, chiffonaded. So who takes a class to learn how to chiffonade parsley? Bruce Quayle wanted to improve his cooking skills. Scott Thompson bought his wife, Jessica, a set of good knives for her birthday. They took the class together. But most of the students here at From the Field Cooking School's monthly knife skills class are ringers, members of the same book club as the instructor's wife. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.


State Briefs. News from around the state. Will be posted this evening.
GOLF CARTS, ETC.:A new state law attempts to clear up longstanding confusion over whether municipalities legally can pass ordinances that allow golf carts, ATVs and similar "non-highway" vehicles to operate on local streets. The new law, inspired by San Jose's struggle over the issue and recently signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, says municipalities can do this if they choose. Critics, though, raise safety concerns because the vehicles are generally slower and smaller than regular cars. By Adriana Colindres of the State Capitol Bureau. Will be posted this evening.
JESSE JACKSON IN ROCKFORD: The Rev. Jesse Jackson visits Rockford to meet with the Register Star editorial board and elected officials to discuss a police shooting that left one man dead last week. Will be posted this evening.

SIU cancer building to be vacant indefinitely

SPRINGFIELD – Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s year-old SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute building will remain vacant indefinitely — a victim of the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis, SIU officials say. By Dean Olsen of the State Journal-Register.


With community-supported agriculture, buyers reap what the farmer sows

SPRINGFIELD – Allison and Matthew Scott like to tell their extended family in the Chicago area that they have a farm in Springfield. “They must have told them a half dozen times,” Noel Scott says of her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. The farm is the Vincent Family Farm, located east of Rochester, where the Scotts share the responsibility for the organic vegetables that are grown there as part of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Kathryn Rem: ‘Food, Inc.’ takes dim view of how our nation is fed

The documentary “Food, Inc.” pulls back the wizard’s curtain to show the nation’s highly mechanized food system, one that isn’t always kind to animals, farm workers, the environment or the health of consumers.

Trading Post: Readers share recipes for entertaining

What to serve at an outdoor soiree? Here are a few ideas. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.

Lainie Steelman: Bumper crop of tomatoes? Try drying them

If you grow your own Roma tomatoes, then right now you might have a bumper crop. Because of the cooler than average temperatures this summer, many garden tomatoes are just now starting to look ripe. Drying tomatoes is a good way to preserve some of your tomato crop, and it’s a lot less work than canning.


BRITT: Toon on Blagojevich’s book. Will be posted this evening.
Dave Bakke: Vacuum cleaner shop comes across police officer's mementos

Tom Baird sells Kirby vacuum cleaners in Springfield. Years ago — he thinks it could have been as many as 20 or more — someone named Hoover brought in an old vacuum and bought a new Kirby. Yes, a Hoover bought a Kirby. But that’s not the story.

Editorial: $24.95 for this piece of pulp fiction? Sorry

Oh, confess: You're curious. You're itching if not quite dying to know what dirt disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has to dish on other people - or on you, if you run in those circles - in his new book, even if you don't believe a word of it. Alas, a quandary: How do you find out what's between the covers without shelling out $24.95 and rewarding the impeached ex-gov in any way? An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

Editorial: Law reforms worthy of note

The marquee event in state government last week was Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a campaign finance reform bill he and many top legislators had pushed during the spring legislative session. That veto, and the attendant analysis of its political implications, overshadowed Quinn’s signing of several important criminal law reform bills that we believe deserve attention. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.


NEXT UP: Quarterback Brad Smith got Missouri back on its feet, then Chase Daniel passed the Tigers to 22 wins over the last two seasons. Now it's sophomore Blaine Gabbert's turn to see if he can keep the Tigers near the top. Illinois plays Missouri Saturday. By John Supinie.