Jefferson City, Mo. – The 2010 Missouri legislative session is just over a month away. State lawmakers and members of Governor Jay Nixon's cabinet are making preparations for what's expected to be another financially-strapped fiscal year, as state revenues continue their downward trend.
Mark Templeton, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said his agency is not as dependent on state tax collections.
St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay says he wants to make Lambert Airport smoke free in a little more than a year.
The airport is in St. Louis County but is owned by the city. Its ventilated smoking lounges are exempt from recently-passed indoor smoking bans, but Slay said this week on his blog that he wants Lambert to be smoke free by January of 2011.
Chicago – The vast majority of candidates for statewide office in Illinois have signed what's called the "loyalty oath." It's an optional form that candidates in may file when they turn in their petitions to get on the ballot.
On it, they swear they're not affiliated with any communist groups, and don't plan to teach or advocate for the overthrow of the government.
A document from the state board of elections says the oath was signed by all but two of the candidates for Illinois governor.