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2008-07-23 09:00:25

By Will Buss, Belleville News-Democrat, Ill. Jul. 23--GRAFTON -- Local environmental, business and tourism leaders are asking for public support in appealing to state lawmakers to reverse proposed cuts to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to cut $14 million from the agency's payroll, which has gradually been reduced since 2001. By the end of that year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources employed 1,982. Six years later, it was decreased by...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.