* Some Illinois school keep moment of silence…
Many Metro East educators will continue opening each school day with a moment of silence, rather than trying to predict the outcome of a constitutional showdown over the new state law that may or may not require it.
* Silence law challenged by federal court
* DuPage Co. ‘doomsday’ budget approved
The DuPage County Board voted Tuesday to adopt a “doomsday” budget that calls for cutting 240 jobs, but passed a moratorium that will prevent any layoffs until the results of a Feb. 5 ballot referendum to add one-quarter percent to the county sales tax.
* Stroger floor leader says budget would pass if Todd ‘were a white man’
Commissioner William Beavers said “if Todd was a white man, he wouldn’t have half these problems,” further alleging “this is a remake of the Harold Washington days” at City Hall, where racially fueled votes often ended in 29-21 decisions.
“Who’s gonna control the county — white or black — that’s all this is,” he said.
* Stroger’s take: ‘We are stuck’
* Chicago Public Radio: Cook Co. budget battle continues
* Filing for special election to replace Hastert has already begun
You’d better already be putting together your campaign. Although no one knows yet just when the special election will be held to replace Hastert in the 14th Congressional District, it’s likely already well into the pre-filing period when candidates should be getting their petitions and paperwork together, state election officials said.
So far, the only concrete information anyone has about the special election is that there will be one. Hastert’s resignation on Monday assured that — his exit with one year left on his term demands a special election to replace him for the remainder of that term.
* Quinn wants count of veterans scholarships
Van Der Hooning said he was ordered to cut back the program out of concerns over cost and the worry among some on campus that admitting dozens of “jar heads” would dilute the quality of the MBA program.
The university has disputed Van Der Hooning’s version of events, and denied any university officials made references to jar heads — slang for Marines.
The scholarships, university officials have said, were never meant to be awarded at once, nor all in the Chicago-based executive MBA program. Some of the recipients have been on the Champaign-Urbana campus.
* Opinion: Public suffers if aldermen fail to debate
* Top cop candidate threatens to withdraw if name goes public
* Michael Sneed: Tipsville
Is a U.S. ambassadorship in the offing for former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert?
Maybe, maybe not: But Sneed hears rumbles President Bush would like to reward Hastert for his exemplary tenure in office.
Meanwhile: Hastert, who submitted his official resignation Monday, is devoting his time to the Hastert Center at Wheaton College and raising money for incumbent Republican candidates facing a tough race. Example: U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk.
* Tollway to hold hearing on tentative 2008 budget
The $236 million operating budget shows a 5 percent increase over 2007 and provides funds for new customer-service and public-safety projects, as well as additional spending for new road and I-PASS construction.
An additional $230 million in revenue, combined with bond proceeds and other capital reserves, will provide $1.4 billion for the fourth year of the tollway’s rebuilding and widening program.
* Editorial: Checks at casino good way to keep addicts out
* Tribune Editorial: Bring FutureGen to Illinios
* Phil Kadner: A ‘Chose Life’ plate for Illinois
* Illinois farmers enjoy record harvest