Voters in the St. Louis region have seen a lot of two Illinois Congressmen, John Shimkus and David Phelps, this election season. That's because they're facing off in one of the state's closest race for Congress this year.
It's the only race in Illinois pitting one Representative against another, and the winner will end up serving a small slice of the Metro-East, along with most of southeastern Illinois.
St. Louis, MO – Recent deaths have altered schedules in the final days of Missouri's campaign for U.S. Senate.
Republican Senate nominee Jim Talent has halted his personal campaign appearances the last two days after his father, Milton, died this weekend. But he'll be in Springfield this morning for an appearance with former President George H.W. Bush. He'll then return to St. Louis for his father's wake. Talent will appear tomorrow with former New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani.
St. Louis, MO – The group pushing the passage of Proposition A in Missouri says raising cigarette taxes would save lives and keep children from ever starting smoking. Citizens for a Healthy Missouri is citing a study from University of Illinois-Chicago researcher Frank Chaloupka which says the 55-cent tax hike would keep more than 49,000 youths from taking up the habit.
Chaloupka says if cigarette prices go up, youths won't want to pay the higher costs.
St. Louis, MO – The family of Missouri's GOP Senate hopeful Jim Talent is making funeral arrangements for Talent's father Milton, who died yesterday.
The 91-year old Navy veteran was a lawyer in St. Louis. He died yesterday after a brief illness.
Jim Talent has cancelled some campaign appearances until tomorrow. He faces Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan in a close contest that has garnered national attention for the effect it may have on party control in the U.S. Senate.
St. Louis, MO – It took almost ten years, but the Bi-State Development Agency now has a system map of its public transportation in the St. Louis area.
The map shows bus and Metrolink routes along all streets in the area, as well fares and instructions for using public transit. Bi-State has always offered timetables and maps for individual routes, but there has never been a system map.
The new maps were printed with federal grant money and are available at the MetroRide store in America's Center in downtown St. Louis.
Chicago, IL – Hearings on requests for clemency from 142 of the 160 prisoners on Illinois' death row wrap up today.
Panels of Illinois Prisoner Review Board members have been hearing six presentations a day during the hearings, which began on October 15th in Chicago and Springfield. The board will pool its recommendations for presentation to Governor George Ryan in November.