Illinois primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Primary: Live Blog And Results http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-primary-live-blog-and-results With a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney is firmly in the driver's seat of the Republican presidential nomination contest.<p>In a victory speech in Schaumburg, Ill., the former Massachusetts governor thanked his Republican opponents, but very quickly pivoted to the general election against President Obama.<p>"It's time to say this word," said Romney. "Enough. We've had enough... We need a president who believes in us."<p>This Romney speech even sounded different. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:11:36 +0000 3315 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Primary: Live Blog And Results 3 things to watch for in Illinois primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/3-things-watch-illinois-primary By the time Republican primary season got around to Illinois in past election cycles, the Land of Lincoln was pretty much an afterthought since the party's nominee had already been decided. Not this time.<p>Mitt Romney has what seems like an insurmountable lead in delegates. But there are questions as to whether he can reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination by the party's August convention. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:13:39 +0000 Frank James 3302 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 3 things to watch for in Illinois primary Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-march-20-2012 <p><strong>East St. Louis lays off more employees</strong></p><p>A tight budget has forced East St. Louis to lay off seven more employees, leaving the city&#39;s police officers without a support staff. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/GCaYPy">The Belleville News-Democrat reports </a>that the latest layoffs include Police Chief Michael Floore&#39;s secretary, the department&#39;s director of community programs and a records room employee responsible for logging all of the city&#39;s tows.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:47:55 +0000 Julie Bierach, Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3303 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Ahead of another 'key' primary, Romney leads Illinois polls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ahead-another-key-primary-romney-leads-illinois-polls This week the action in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is in Illinois, which holds its primary Tuesday.<p>In advance of that contest, <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/illinois/" target="_blank">Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey</a> that it says shows "Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory." It has the former Massachusetts governor ahead of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 45 percent to 30 percent (with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:25:22 +0000 Mark Memmott 3295 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ahead of another 'key' primary, Romney leads Illinois polls Morning headlines: Monday, March 19, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-march-19-2012 <p><strong>St. Charles County caucus likely to be rescheduled</strong></p><p>The Republican caucus in St. Charles County is likely to be rescheduled after a weekend dispute forced the caucus to be shut down.</p><p>The caucus in St. Peters on Saturday ended when tension flared between members of the crowd and the local Republican activists who were running it. St. Charles County was to have been among the biggest prizes in Missouri. The meeting adjourned without awarding delegates.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:27:19 +0000 Julie Bierach, Maria Altman & The Associated Press 3283 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Monday, March 19, 2012