St. Louis, MO – Forest Park Forever has approved a new strategic plan that directs the private group's energy toward maintaining the park it helped renovate.
The group approved the new strategic plan on Monday. It will focus on, among other things, finding a sustainable source of funding to maintain the 1300 acre park, which costs about $15 million to run. The city and Forest Park Forever raise about $10 million a year.
St. Louis, MO – The committee spearheading Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games says the St. Louis metropolitan area has a role to play in a successful event.
Chicago 2016 chairman and CEO Pat Ryan was in St. Louis Monday to update regional leaders on the progress of the city's bid. The committee is looking at several Midwestern cities to serve as training bases for national teams, and St. Louis is also a possible location for preliminary Olympic soccer rounds.
Chicago – A lawyer for Rod Blagojevich says the Illinois governor may ask the courts to block his impeachment trial in the state Senate.
Attorney Samuel Adam said a lawsuit challenging what he called "completely unfair" Senate trial rules is being prepared and could be filed within days, pending a final decision on whether to move forward.
Blagojevich's trial is set to begin Monday.
The governor said he has no intention of mounting a defense unless the trial rules are changed to allow his defense witnesses.
Perryville, Mo. – It's not often that the terms "prefabricated home" and "modern architecture" are heard together. But a young architect in Missouri has spent a decade figuring out how to bring low prices to the realm of high design.
And Rocio Romero's homes with their corrugated metal walls, huge windows and strong horizontal lines are selling despite a dismal housing market.