undefined http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Session on Ill. pension reform will be Aug. 17 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/session-ill-pension-reform-will-be-aug-17 <p><em>Updated with comments from Quinn, statement from GOP leaders</em></p><p>Illinois state lawmakers now know when they&#39;ll have to return to Springfield to wrestle with the state&#39;s <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-services-threatened-pension-hole-grows">financially-strapped pension system</a>.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn today announced an Aug. 17 legislative session for lawmakers to push forward with &quot;full-scale reform.&quot; House members were already scheduled to meet that to vote on whether to expel indicted Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:43:40 +0000 The Associated Press 4208 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Session on Ill. pension reform will be Aug. 17 Political perk of legislative scholarships ends for Ill. lawmakers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-perk-legislative-scholarships-ends-ill-lawmakers <p>Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perk - the ability to award college scholarships.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.</p><p>The awards are actually tuition waivers, meaning universities wind up educating the students and not getting any payment.</p><p>Over the years, legislators have given waivers to the children of friends, campaign donors and political allies.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:34:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4098 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political perk of legislative scholarships ends for Ill. lawmakers High court will not hear St. Louis "eminent domain" sign case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/high-court-will-not-hear-st-louis-eminent-domain-sign-case <p><em>Updated at 1:25 with statement from the city.</em></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request to review <a href="http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/11/07/101937P.pdf">an opinion</a> from a lower federal appeals court that allowed a St. Louis man to keep a mural that protests eminent domain.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:10:13 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3107 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org High court will not hear St. Louis "eminent domain" sign case Curators approve 3 percent tuition hike for UM system http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/curators-approve-3-percent-tuition-hike-um-system <p><em>Updated at 1:00 p.m. following conference call and media availability.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 1:07 to correct who would have to provide the tuition waiver.</em></p><p>Missouri residents attending the four campuses of the University of Missouri system will see their tuition increase by three percent - about $230 - next year.</p><p>The system&#39;s Board of Curators voted 7-0 during a teleconference meeting this morning to approve that increase, as well as increases in a variety of fees that students pay for specialized programs.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:21:01 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 3099 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Curators approve 3 percent tuition hike for UM system Blagojevich ordered to report to prison nearly a month later than originally scheduled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blagojevich-ordered-report-prison-nearly-month-later-originally-scheduled <p><em>Updated 12:24 p.m. with judge&#39;s recommendation for Blagojevich to go to Colorado prison.</em></p><p>A federal judge in Chicago has agreed to delay the start of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich&#39;s prison term.</p><p>U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Tuesday agreed to allow Blagojevich to report to prison on March 15.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:16:19 +0000 The Associated Press 2668 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blagojevich ordered to report to prison nearly a month later than originally scheduled Mo. unemployment rate falls, but state loses jobs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-unemployment-rate-falls-state-loses-jobs <p>Missouri lost 3,300 jobs in November but the state&#39;s jobless rate still dropped.</p><p>The Department of Economic Development reported Friday evening that the state&#39;s unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a point to 8.2 percent last month.</p><p>The decline in nonfarm employments comes after the state reported that it added about 1,100 jobs in October. However, the state reported a net loss of 4,000 nonfarm jobs in September.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 23:55:57 +0000 The Associated Press 2653 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. unemployment rate falls, but state loses jobs EPA: Tests show air in Joplin OK, waste site for debris opened http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-tests-show-air-joplin-ok-waste-site-debris-opened <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says air tests in Joplin don&#39;t indicate health concerns from asbestos.</p><p>The EPA&#39;s regional office says it will continue to monitor air in Joplin as the town recovers from the May 22 tornado that ripped apart about a third of the southwest Missouri community.</p><p>The agency said its plan includes sampling the air at various locations in and around the tornado&#39;s impact zone. The emphasis is on monitoring for asbestos and particulate matter.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:37:41 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 1385 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA: Tests show air in Joplin OK, waste site for debris opened