Chicago – Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin are trying to build support for a proposal to sell a prison in rural northwestern Illinois to the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Federal officials are expected to visit the maximum security Thomson Correctional Center today. The prison is about 150 miles west of Chicago.
Both Quinn and Durbin say the possibility of selling the prison to the federal government is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create about 3,000 jobs.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is hoping to get seven sites across the state added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Three of the sites are in St. Louis: The Federal Cold Storage Buildings, the Wellston Loop Commercial Historic District, and a boundary increase for the already-listed Central Carondelet Historic District.
Architectural historian Michael Allen spoke on behalf of Wellston Loop.
St. Louis – New research shows that many of the recent small earthquakes along the New Madrid fault may not be signs that the "next big one" is coming.
Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Missouri believe those quakes are more likely aftershocks from the major quakes, all measuring more than 8 on the Richter Scale, that occurred when the fault ruptured violently in 1811 and 1812. The New Madrid fault stretches 150 miles southwest from the Missouri Bootheel.
St. Louis, MO – Despite the economic downturn, the United Way of Greater St. Louis has met its fundraising goal for the 2009 campaign.
The agency took in more than $67 million in gifts and pledges, surpassing its goal by about $600,000. It has lowered its goals in recent years to cope with the crumbling economy, said campaign chairman Hugh Grant, the president and CEO of Monsanto. But paradoxically, he said, the downturn may have helped the agency reach its goal this year.
Marion, Illinois – Two years after major surgery was halted at the VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, congressional leaders say they're hopeful that help is finally on the way.
Senators Dick Durbin, Roland Burris and Congressman Jerry Costello met Thursday with Marion VA officials, as well as patients and families. It comes a little more than a week after an Inspector General's Report showed significant problems remain at the facility and two years after nine patients died as a result of sub-standard care.
Brussels – The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev said third quarter revenue fell 10 percent over the year to $9.76 billion as beer sales shrank.
The firm says beer sales were down 3.1 percent because of weak demand in the united states and Europe, where the economic downturn is holding back spending. A year ago, the two companies' revenues were $10.89 billion.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The labor union that represents state workers wants the Missouri Department of Mental Health to upgrade security at the state's maximum security mental hospital in Fulton.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is asking the state to implement the Man-Down alarm system. It consists of a pager-like device that a worker would wear and could activate if physically attacked.
St. Louis, MO – The state is taking steps to evaluate the St. Louis Public Schools to see if and when the district could revert to local control.
Commissioner Chris Nicastro is turning to the panel that filed the initial report back in 2006, which found that the state's largest public district was foundering amid plummeting test scores, a looming financial crisis and ongoing board dysfunction.