Springfield, Ill. – Over the next few months, the state of Illinois will release about a thousand non-violent offenders from prison before their sentences are up. The move is meant to save money in a tough budget year.
Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said inmates will not apply for early release; the department will screen non-violent offenders and determine who's eligible.
St. Louis – A new national report gives Missouri low marks for job creation. The study from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a think tank, ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia in areas such as the ability to draw employers.
Missouri ranked near the bottom in business development. But the group's president Andrea Levere said the state provides strong support to small firms.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Republican Party is casting a critical eye at several of Gov. Jay Nixon's recent appointments.
The Democratic governor appointed Kelley Martin, of Kansas City to a Republican slot on the Development Finance Board. And he picked attorney Stephen Miller for a GOP position on the Highway Commission.
Both appointees contributed to Nixon and have given more money to Democrats than to Republicans in recent elections.
Jefferson City, MO – Attorneys General from eight states, including Missouri's Chris Koster and Illinois' Lisa Madigan, discussed combating mortgage fraud today in Washington, DC, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials.
Koster says he and his colleagues began preparations for a joint federal-state effort against fraud in the areas of mortgage refinancing and debt settlement.