In Thursday's News-Gazette: Springfield action, PTI graduates, celebrity chef

In Thursday's paper, we'll be looking at an eventful day in Springfield, a graduating class from the once-endangered Police Training Institute and a celebrity chef who was in town.

Tom Kacich was in Springfield for the first day of the legislative veto session, and he'll have reports on a number of developments, including a Senate measure to require corporations to report what they pay in taxes and a Senate vote to  to restore money that Gov. Pat Quinn cut from the budget to force the closure of prisons and other state facilities. There's more.

Last spring, the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois was threatened with closure, but it's sending a class of 41 recruits out into the world Thursday. Mary Schenk reports on the progress of PTI, which is now self-supporting.

And Christine des Garennes was on hand as chef Rick Bayless,  well-known for his commitment to using local ingredients at his Chicago restaurants, talked to about 160 University of Illinois Extension educators in Champaign about the importance of chefs an farmers talking to each other.

In sports, Marcus Jackson and Loren Tate will be providing coverage from the Assembly Hall as the Illini men's basketball team takes on Georgia Tech in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

And we've got E3 magazine in Thursday's paper as well, with lots of ideas about things to do in C-U and East Central Illinois and beyond. This week's cover story by Melissa Merli is about the Art Party Studio in downtown Champaign.

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