Alvin Parks Jr. http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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 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 East St. Louis police chief doesn't want to resign after all, but mayor ready to fill post http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-police-chief-doesnt-want-resign-after-all-mayor-ready-fill-post <p>This <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-october-14-2011">morning we told you</a> that East St. Louis&#39; police chief&nbsp; Ranadore Foggs wanted to take back his resignation and keep his job - but it seems that the mayor isn&#39;t ready to let Foggs return so easliy.</p><p>Foggs announced Thursday night he has rescinded the resignation he submitted last week after less than five months on the job. He had claimed the mayor was interfering with his efforts to lead.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:31:58 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 2250 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis police chief doesn't want to resign after all, but mayor ready to fill post Missouri headlines: Unexpected freezing rain wreaks havoc on St. Louis roads, Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources receives grant to study old landfills, ESL Mayor and two others to face off April 5 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-headlines-unexpected-freezing-rain-wreaks-havoc-st-louis-roads-mo-dept-natural <ul><li>Sleet and freezing rain is causing numerous accidents this morning, including one involving multiple vehicles. The ice storm began just before 5 a.m. and caused accidents throughout the region. The worst was on Interstate 64 near downtown St. Louis, where more than 20 cars and a couple of semis slid on ice. Ambulances and fire trucks responding to the scene were involved in the accident. The <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_b39fd5ee-3f49-11e0-8db9-0017a4a78c22.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports </a>that Fire Capt. Dan Sutter says 21 people were injured in the accident, one critically. <a href="http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/Root/index.html">Missouri State Highway Patrol </a>Cpl. Jeff Wilson said troopers responded to up to 60 accidents in St. Charles, Lincoln and St. Louis counties. Officials with the <a href="http://www.modot.org/">Missouri Department of Transportation </a>says the icy conditions caught them a bit off guard. Assistant district engineer Tom Blair says crews were out patching potholes when they received word that freezing rain could be moving into the area.</li><li><a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/">The Missouri Department of Natural Resources </a>is receiving about $216,000 from the federal government to study the condition of old, closed landfills in rural communities. The agency says many older landfills did not have to meet modern environmental standards, and many were not closed properly. The Department of Natural Resources says it will use the findings to train cities on how to maintain the closed dumps or buy and sell properties with landfills on them. The department wants to make sure the landfills don&#39;t pollute nearby water resources or otherwise harm the environment.</li><li><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/article_69f530e4-bd4d-558a-9fe7-4874a50de214.html">According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a>, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. and three others will face off April 5 in the general election after last night&#39;s mayoral primary. Parks received 47 percent of the vote. Councilman Delbert Marion was second with 25 percent and former Mayor Carl Edward Officer finished third with 24 percent. The Post-Dispatch reports that voter turnout was about 25 percent. The election comes as layoffs burden the city&#39;s police and the murder rate continues to rise.</li></ul><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:30:59 +0000 Julie Bierach 589 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri headlines: Unexpected freezing rain wreaks havoc on St. Louis roads, Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources receives grant to study old landfills, ESL Mayor and two others to face off April 5