The Continental's been rehabbed, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has been built, a new high school is under construction and St. Louis University has just announced plans for a new arena. The Grand Center District is undergoing tremendous change. But as KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports it's just the beginning thanks to some creative financing.
Springfield, Ill. – The confirmation of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's prisons chief is in jeopardy, following a Chicago Tribune report about abuses at Cook County's jail.
Blagojevich yesterday asked the state Senate to halt his nomination of Ernesto Velasco; the governor says he's alarmed by a report that guards at Cook County Jail beat and terrorized inmates four years ago.
Velasco was director of the jail at the time of the alleged beatings.