Alvin Parks Jr. http://news.stlpublicradio.org en East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-officials-rally-high-speed-rail-station <p>Governmental and religious officials rallied Thursday for the Illinois Department of Transportation to build a high-speed rail stop in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">East St. Louis</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>IDOT working on a high-speed rail line connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Joliet and Alton, where a station is under construction.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:26:21 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station East St. Louis Pays Down Decades-Old Bonds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-pays-down-decades-old-bonds <p>East St. Louis has paid off more than $20 million in bonds it’s owed Illinois for nearly two decades.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the $21.4 million it borrowed 19 years ago helped bail out the city in a time of crisis, but paying them off has been a financial burden ever since.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:40:42 +0000 Joseph Leahy 31614 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Pays Down Decades-Old Bonds Sinai Village Plans To Begin Phase Two Of Housing Development In East St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sinai-village-plans-begin-phase-two-housing-development-east-st-louis <p></p><p>Public officials and religious leaders gathered in East St. Louis Saturday to celebrate the expansion of a major housing project aimed at providing low-income residents with an affordable place to live.</p><p><a href="http://mountsinaichurch.net/">The Mount Sinai Development Corporati</a><a href="http://mountsinaichurch.net/development_corp.html">on</a>&nbsp;has secured land to add 30 homes to the original 30 that were completed two years ago in the Winstanley Industry Park Neighborhood.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:30:57 +0000 Erin Williams 29365 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sinai Village Plans To Begin Phase Two Of Housing Development In East St. Louis Youth Violence in East St. Louis, Mayor Parks: We Cannot Tolerate It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/youth-violence-east-st-louis-mayor-parks-we-cannot-tolerate-it <p>Less than one week ago East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks announced a list of new measures in an attempt to curb recent violence in the city.&nbsp; Among the new rules is a curfew for all youth after 10:00 p.m.&nbsp; A ban from wearing royal blue or bright red clothing was also in effect for all men though the Mayor has since backed down.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talks with multiple guests about the new measures which stem from a deadly weekend in which an 18 year old man was stabbed to death and three young men died after being shot in the parking lot of a local club.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:08:34 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 4864 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Youth Violence in East St. Louis, Mayor Parks: We Cannot Tolerate It Parks: 'Almost War-Like Situation' In East St. Louis Warrants Strict Curfew http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/parks-almost-war-situation-east-st-louis-warrants-strict-curfew <p></p><p>East St. Louis’ mayor has put a strict curfew in place for teens on the heels of four killings earlier this week.</p><p>Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says police will arrest teenagers 17 and younger who are NOT in school between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.</p><p>Teens younger than 18 also will be arrested if they’re out later than 10 p.m.</p><p>Parks says he knows some people will consider the curfews too strict, but he wants to keep the city from losing more young people.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:05:45 +0000 Maria Altman 4712 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Parks: 'Almost War-Like Situation' In East St. Louis Warrants Strict Curfew Morning Headlines: Monday, September 24, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-monday-september-24-2012 <p><strong>Gingrich in St. Louis to support Todd Akin</strong></p><p>Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be in suburban St. Louis on Monday at a fundraiser and news conference in support of Todd Akin's Senate campaign. The men are scheduled to appear at a $500-per-person, or $750-per-couple, fundraiser. They'll also speak at a late-morning news conference in Kirkwood.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:25:49 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 4682 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning Headlines: Monday, September 24, 2012 Morning headlines: Friday, April 13, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-april-13-2012 <p><strong>Parks again rejects Durbin&#39;s call for earlier night club closings</strong></p><p>East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks is again rejecting a call from Sen. Dick Durbin to institute an earlier closing time for the city&rsquo;s night clubs and liquor stores</p><p>Durbin was in his hometown on Wednesday encouraging area ministers to push Parks for a 1 a.m. closing time. Durbin believes it would help curb the killings in a city that a federal prosecutor has called the nation&rsquo;s most dangerous.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:45:25 +0000 The Associated Press 3483 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, April 13, 2012 Public safety vs. city funding: a tough balance in East St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-safety-vs-city-funding-tough-balance-east-st-louis <p>When it&rsquo;s &ldquo;last call&rdquo; on weekends for St. Louis bars and clubs, East St. Louis&rsquo; nightlife is just getting started. The city&rsquo;s slack liquor laws allow nightclubs and liquor stores to operate well into the morning. Many critics say the laws are the root of the city&rsquo;s chronic violent crime.</p><p>The problem poses a delicate balancing act for Mayor Alvin Parks who says East St. Louis&rsquo; late-night entertainment industry is keeping the city alive.</p><p><strong>A Senator&#39;s strong words&nbsp;</strong></p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:20:55 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3439 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public safety vs. city funding: a tough balance in East St. Louis East St. Louis nightclubs pitch in for more police patrols http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-nightclubs-pitch-more-police-patrols <p>East St. Louis nightclubs and other local businesses are bankrolling extra weekend police patrols after a series of violent crimes.</p><p>Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the city needs more officers on the street but cannot afford them on its own.</p><p>&ldquo;This is taking already existing officers and paying them to work this special detail,&quot; Parks said. &quot;A detail that will be about six officers downtown and another two in the rest of the city where there might be late night activity.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:20:35 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3342 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis nightclubs pitch in for more police patrols Durbin calls for East St. Louis action on clubs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-calls-east-st-louis-action-clubs <p>A U.S. senator is stepping up his&nbsp;efforts to limit nightclub hours in East St.&nbsp;Louis.</p><p>Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday that earlier closing times for&nbsp;nightclubs and liquor stores would improve safety for city&nbsp;residents. The Illinois Democrat specifically challenged Mayor&nbsp;Alvin Parks Jr. to do his part in reducing crime rates. (<a href="http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=10c69a37-c6c2-4073-9cb9-c7e79e367f97"><em>Read the full letter from Durbin to Parks</em></a>).</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:40:39 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 3203 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin calls for East St. Louis action on clubs