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.
St. Louis – A St. Louis police officer who was under investigation in a child pornography case jumped out of a police car, ran away, and killed himself.
The officer's name was not released. Authorities said Wednesday he was 37 and had been with the department for 2 1/2 years.
St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said county officers on Tuesday went to the officer's home after suspecting that a computer there contained child pornography. The computer and personal papers were seized.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Suspicious letters containing powdery substances addressed to governors were intercepted in Missouri and at least five other states Monday.But preliminary tests found the powders sent to Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana and Rhode Island were not harmful.
Test results on the Missouri letter are expected Tuesday.
Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Tim Hull said the suspicious letter was found at a state mail distribution center. The state capitol remained open and operating normally Monday.