Chicago – The Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor has dropped out of the race less than a week after winning the primary. Scott Lee Cohen announced his decision Sunday night at a Chicago bar.
The pawn broker and owner of a cleaning supplies company won the nomination Tuesday. Since then, it has become widely know that had been accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Some Republican state senators seeking to rein in Missouri's tax credits have a new ally: Teachers.
Two of the state's leading teachers' associations are supporting an effort by Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, to give lawmakers greater control over tax credits. Crowell also has the backing of several other senators.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling this week that struck down caps on some medical malpractice awards has some in Missouri hoping the Show-Me State's judges will come to the same conclusion.
Louis Bograd is a Washington DC attorney who argued before the Missouri Supreme Court last month that caps on non-economic damages should be ruled unconstitutional.
He says he will formally notify Missouri's High Court of the Illinois decision.
Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Thursday to legislation that would require drug testing for certain welfare recipients, and public officials.
Adult applicants for cash assistance payments would be tested if the Department of Social Services has reasonable suspicion that they are using drugs. A positive test, or refusing to take one, would make someone ineligible for cash benefits for a year.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A bill that would give the Missouri General Assembly control over almost every state tax credit is being considered by the State Senate.
The bill's supporters, including State Senator Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield), say giving lawmakers control over the size of each tax break would ensure that they can set aside enough money to fund education, health care and other critical needs.
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Supreme Court says limiting damage amounts in medical malpractice cases violates the state's Constitution.
In an opinion filed Thursday, the court says such caps violate the principle of separation of powers. The court says the limits the Illinois General Assembly adopted in 2005 infringe on the power of the judicial branch, specifically juries.