St. Louis, MO – Former gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof has been hit with a federal tax lien.
IRS documents show the $1849 lien was filed with the Boone County Recorder of Deeds the day before the 2008 gubernatorial election.
Hulshof did not return calls for comment. But his wife Renee' told the Columbia Tribune that the lien is for interest and penalties on employee withholding taxes from when the estate of her mother-in-law was being transferred. Renee Hulshof says the family is working with the IRS.
Springfield, IL – An attorney representing Governor Rod Blagojevich in his criminal and impeachment proceedings says lawmakers considering impeachment proceedings should not consider material from federal wiretaps.
Attorney Edward Genson made his second appearance in front of the special Illinois House committee Thursday. He says the taped conversations have not been approved as evidence in a criminal trial.
Jefferson City, MO – The incoming President Pro-tem of the Missouri Senate has released his priorities for the 2009 legislative session, which starts in January.
In a conference call today with reporters, Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) vowed not to raise taxes, and said his agenda would focus on balancing the budget, creating jobs and producing a better-educated work force.
St. Louis, MO – The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis published its findings in the "Burgundy Book" on Wednesday.
Fed economist Howard Wall said the downturn originally started in housing, and has since spread to nearly all business sectors in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. He said it is affecting everything from construction to manufacturing and banking.
The housing foreclosure crisis has made hard times even harder for many people in the nation's old industrial cities.
University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist Todd Swanstrom is studying the problem in six metropolitan areas. He told KWMU's Matt Sepic St. Louis has not been hit as hard as cities such as Cleveland and Detroit, nor did it face the wild speculation of the coasts.
St. Louis, MO – New crime data presented to the Board of Police Commissioners shows an almost nine percent decrease in crime in St. Louis since last year.
Homicides are still up about 25 percent over 2007, but the number in November of this year was much lower than the same month last year. Police chief Daniel Isom says the department's plan to target so-called "hot spots" in North City appears to be paying off.
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to unseat Governor Rod Blagojevich through the court system.
Madigan and a group of private citizens had asked the court to declare Blagojevich unfit to serve, saying the governor's ongoing legal troubles make it impossible for him to do his job. The court rejected the case without argument.