Springfield, ILL. – So much attention was paid to the state's budget deficit that much of the Illinois Legislature's accomplishments this spring might have gone unnoticed.
But speeding motorists are likely to notice that their fines have increased, and senior citizens might take note if their prescription drug costs decline. And people looking for an energy or diet boost will find that ephedra-based products are no longer to be sold over-the-counter in Illinois.
St. Louis, MO – Another section of Forest Park Parkway is closed today. Big Bend to Skinker is now off limits to motorists. It's the second section of the parkway to close down since the extension construction began last month.
Last month, when construction began, crews closed down most of the Parkway west of Big Bend Blvd.
The project is expected to take about two years. Metrolink will eventually extend west from the Forest Park station to I-170 in Clayton, then south to Shrewsbury.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City today to begin their special session at noon. Gov. Bob Holden called the legislators back after vetoing about two-thirds of the $19 billion budget that they passed.
He wants lawmakers to approve putting a question to voters whether taxes should be raised to help prevent deep budget cuts.
But Republican leaders in the House and Senate oppose such a move. They say lawmakers will likely make just minor changes, and not the major budget rewrite the governor wants.