Chicago, IL – A former state lawmaker says he'll help prosecutors investigate corruption under former Illinois Governor George Ryan.
Roger Stanley, 60, pleaded guilty Thursday to trading bribes for contracts from Chicago's Metra commuter rail service.
Stanley could get 20 years for his plea to mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. But federal prosecutors made it clear that the long-time Ryan friend and Republican insider has done a lot to help lower his sentence by cooperating with investigators.
Washington, DC – Disaster recovery officials are urging victims of this week's Midwest storms and tornadoes to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency and register for possible disaster assistance.
Homeowners, renters or business owners affected by severe storms since May 4 can apply.
The phone calls take about 20 minutes. Callers need to provide information including Social Security numbers, their income and must have a phone number where they can be reached.
Missouri's state Constitution gives lawmakers in Jefferson City until Friday (May 9) to pass a budget. Negotiators in both the House and Senate came to an agreement on a $19 billion spending plan very early Tuesday morning.
The budget is still around $150 million out of balance. That could force the governor to make even more cuts, unless lawmakers can find more money. Missy Shelton prepared this report from Jefferson City.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House Wednesday voted in favor of requiring young people to take a boating safety course before driving on a lake.
The legislation keeps the minimum boat driving age at 14, but adds the requirement that those age 14 to 21 must take a course approved by the state Water Patrol before they could get their boater's license. The legislation only applies to driving a boat on a lake; rivers wouldn't be affected.