Wednesday's News-Gazette: angry electorate, Chicago comes courting, prep playoff picture

In Wednesday's newspaper, we're planning stories about the angry Illinois electorate, Chicago companies wooing UI engineering students and the prep playoff picture.

Columnist Tom Kacich writes that two recent polls say that Illinois voters are really angry about their state and local governments. They think government is corrupt and wasteful, that it’s going in the wrong direction and that elected officials need to be more honest and forthcoming. But will it make any difference on Election Day?

In Danville, Noelle McGee reports that OfficeMax employees and Liberty Elementary School students and staff surprised an unsuspecting teacher with a $1,000 worth of classroom supplies on Tuesday.

Our Christine des Garennes was on the University of Illinois campus Tuesday when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told engineering students he wants them to see Chicago not as "pass-through" city but a place to start a company. Some Chicago tech companies were on campus to woo UI engineering students.

In Sports, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner looks into his crystal ball to see which prep teams will advance farthest in the playoffs in several different sports.

And in our Food section, we have a story about  a once-maligned staple of grandma's kitchen that's slowly making a comeback — lard is rising in the views of food experts.


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