St. Louis, Mo. – The president of the University of Missouri system says he hopes the state Legislature will act quickly to approve a merger between UM and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
President Elson Floyd spoke with staff at the university's St. Louis campus Monday. With about a month left in the legislative session, it's not certain whether lawmakers will have time to consider the merger proposal.
Chicago, Ill. – Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald will not run for re-election next year. That's according to the Chicago Tribune, which says Fitzgerald told friends he was concerned about the lack of support from fellow Republicans for his more independent views.
The Republican from Inverness also reportedly cited concerns about the cost of running for reelection. Hewas elected in 1998, after spending more than $13 million of his own money to finance the campaign.
When Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was looking for ways to shore up the state's budget deficit, he turned to a familiar source: Gambling.
Casinos have been a recent target for bringing in more dollars to the state treasury. But with the governor talking about raising taxes on riverboats for the second straight year, some say the state is going to the well too often.