Springfield, ILL – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he'll use special veto powers to change ethics legislation.
Blagojevich wants to create an inspector general position and an ethics commission. He also wants to ban state officials from participating in public service announcements and create an ethics hot line for state employees.
The governor says the measure lawmakers passed was a good start but not tough enough.
St. Louis, MO – A federal judge in St. Louis Thursday sentenced a Los Angeles man to 14 months in prison for threatening to kill President Bush.
Eugene Lewis was en route to Washington D.C. last July when he stopped and made the threatening call in St. Louis.
Lewis pleaded guilty in February to a felony count of threatening a president's life. He still faces three identical counts, which accuse him of threatening to kill Bush on separate occasions earlier last year.
Carbondale, ILL. – Illinois' state budget has not yet been signed into law, but officials at Southern Illinois University are already considering ways to address a $17.5 million reduction in state funding.
The university will make $5.64 million of those cuts at its Edwardsville campus.
SIU's vice president of financial and administrative affairs Dwayne Stuckey says layoffs are likely.
St. Louis, MO – Lash says though the economy is moving out of the nearly 35-month long recession, manufacturing is experiencing a jobless recovery. Lash is touring the country asking manufacturing executives what they need to ensure their ability to compete globally. He says President Bush wants to institute a permanent tax credit for research and development.