Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich's attorney says he will submit President-elect Barack Obama's internal report on contacts with the governor to the Illinois House committee weighing impeachment.
Attorney Ed Genson says the report would support Blagojevich's claims that he hasn't done anything wrong in his handling of Obama's vacant Senate seat.
State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, who chairs the committee, says Genson's request to submit the report would probably be approved.
Springfield, IL – Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to allow Illinois lawmakers considering whether or not to attempt impeachment against Governor Rod Blagojevich to hear some of the phone conversations recorded by investigators
US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald filed the necessary paperwork on Monday. He says releasing four phone calls won't interfere with his ongoing criminal investigation.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis-based conservation group has filed another lawsuit over a development in the floodplains in St. Peters.
The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance has been battling the construction of the Premier 370 Business Park since it was proposed in 2000. This latest lawsuit asks a court to reverse a change made to the floodplain map by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that allows buildings at the site to buy federal flood insurance.
St. Louis, MO – The city of Kirkwood is planning to remember this February's deadly shootings in city hall.
Charles "Cookie" Thornton shot and killed five city of Kirkwood officials and police officers in a city hall rampage on the night of February 7. Two others, including Mayor Mike Swoboda, were also wounded in the attack. Swoboda subsequently died after recovering from his gunshot wounds.
St. Louis, MO – A memorial service will be held tomorrow for John Paul Forget, the Chesterfield man who jumped into the Missouri River ten days ago.
The Missouri state water patrol has been unable to find Forget's body yet, due to ice on the river. The 20-year-old was involved in a minor accident on Interstate 70 about 15 miles west of Columbia on December 16. He and his passengers were walking off the bridge when Forget apparently tried to jump out of the way of an oncoming tractor trailer.
St. Louis, MO – Animal rescue organizations are watching with trepidation the release of Marley and Me.
The movie, a Christmas Day release, traces the relationship a family has with their beloved Labrador retriever.
Cindy Kuschel runs a Labrador rescue program in southern Illinois. She says since labs are already the most popular dog breed, she turns away about five animals a week. She expects that number to grow with the new movie.