St. Louis, MO – Missouri Democrats say they're excited about Congressman Dick Gephardt's plans for a second run for President in 14 years. Gephardt will reportedly announce an exploratory committee soon.
Former Senator Thomas Eagleton predicts Gephardt will win the Iowa caucuses and become the frontrunner (Gephardt ran for President in 1988 and narrowly won the Iowa caucuses that year).
Eagleton also predicts the primary will be among Gephardt, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
East St. Louis, IL – East St. Louis City Manager Harvey Henderson has been dead since August, but his family says they still don't know how he died.
His body was found under the Poplar Street Bridge with twice the legal limit of alcohol. The Illinois State Police called the death an accident. But Henderson's cousin, Annie Thompson, believes he was murdered. She wants the FBI and US Attorney to get involved.
Chicago, IL – Illinois Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich plans to ride a whistle-stop train tour into office this month.
Blagojevich said Wednesday he's reviving a Democratic tradition of covering the 200 miles between Chicago and Springfield aboard a railroad car. He says the idea is to emphasis the themes of openness, accessibility and new approaches.
The train will leave Chicago's Union Station at 9:45 a.m. January Eleventh, with stops that day in Joliet, Dwight and Bloomington before reaching the capital.