Jefferson City – The legal battle over the language of an anti-Affirmative Action ballot initiative is about to flare up again.
The first battle, about a year ago, triggered a lawsuit that was eventually dismissed.
The original language used by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan read, in part, that it would, "ban Affirmative Action programs designed to eliminate discrimination against, and improve opportunities for, women and minorities."
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says if he's made governor, he may opt to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement rather than wait for a special election.
Speaking on NBC's "Today" show Thursday, Quinn said in general he's in favor of letting voters choose public officials. But he says the economic crisis makes it vital for the state to have two senators in place.
Quinn said he'll evaluate the situation and make a decision based on what's best for the state.
Sprngfield, IL – Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn says state lawmakers should act quickly to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich.
He's among a growing chorus of elected officials calling on the governor to resign. But since Blagojevich has showed no indication he's willing to do so, Quinn says it's the General Assembly's responsibility to act.
St. Louis, MO – Crowds packed a hearing room Metro's headquarters Thursday as members of the agency's governing board considered a series of cuts to deal with a $36 million deficit.
Very few people in the room expressed support for the cuts. Nearly half of the agency's bus routes will be eliminated, also eliminating Call-A-Ride service there. MetroLink will run less frequently, and there will be no special event trains.
Chicago – Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his home, waved to the media and quickly got into a dark SUV without talking to reporters Wednesday morning.
Blagojevich was released from jail Tuesday after being arrested on federal corruption charges that accuse him, among other things, of trying to profit from appointing the person who'll replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
Blagojevich left his home on Chicago's north side, which was ringed early Wednesday by security and reporters as news helicopters hovered overhead.
Jefferson City, MO – An attorney fired by Governor Matt Blunt has testified that staffers were encouraged to delete e-mails under the belief that e-mails were not public records Attorneys for Governor Matt Blunt deposed Scott Eckersley as part of the governor's defense in a lawsuit brought by two special assistant attorneys general. The lawsuit accuses Blunt of violating the state's open records law, an investigation Blunt lashed out at on Wednesday.
Chicago – Gov. Rod Blagojevich clung defiantly to power Wednesday, ignoring a call from President-elect Barack Obama to step down, and a warning that Senate Democrats will not let him appoint a new U.S. senator.
One day after Blagojevich's arrest, other politicians are seeking to avoid the taint of scandal-by-association.