Chicago – Attorneys for former Illinois Governor George Ryan have submitted a request asking President Bush to let Ryan out of federal prison. Ryan is serving a 6-and-a-half year sentence for racketeering and other crimes committed while governor and secretary of state.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said Tuesday he may send a letter of support to the president asking for a commutation.
Durbin said Ryan has paid a price for his crimes by losing his state pension and being separated from his sick wife.
"Liberal media" is a term most news outlets want no part of. But bloggers wear their political stripes with pride.
The Huffington Post website is unabashedly left of center. And founder Arianna Huffington says journalism is better when reporters ditch what she calls the pretense of objectivity and write from a specific point of view.
St. Louis, MO. – Former Senator John Danforth is withdrawing his family foundation's offer of $50 million - at least for now - to fund any cultural attraction that may be built on the Gateway Arch grounds.
A Danforth Foundation spokesman says the former Republican senator wrote Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne late last week, that the previous offer would be hard to fulfill given the stock market's decline.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Council has approved the final part of its controversial trash districting plan.
The plan divided unincorporated St. Louis County into eight trash districts, and awarded contracts to three companies that allowed them to be the only hauler in those districts. But in court, the county's attorney admitted there was no enforcement mechanism.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A citizens commission is moving forward with public hearings to discuss raises for Missouri's elected officials and judges.
The 22-member Missouri Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials is meeting with just 10 members, because Governor Matt Blunt has not made his commission appointments and does not plan to do so.
Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer said the governor does not see a need for a pay raise for elected officials.