Springfield, Ill. – Out of more than 240 applicants seeking the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor, the State Central Committee has narrowed that list to 17. Most who made the cut have at least some history in politics.
Dozens of people appeared before Democratic leaders in meetings across the state in what was akin to a political version of American Idol.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A wide-ranging motor vehicle bill passed the Missouri Senate this week.
It includes a proposal to expand the ban on texting while driving to all motorists. Current law only prohibits those age 21 and younger from writing, sending and reading text messages while driving a vehicle.
The bill was sponsored by State Senator Ryan McKenna (D, Crystal City).
St. Louis – A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to two years probation, and must pay about $1,500 in restitution, for stealing and selling electronic merchandise seized in a traffic stop.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The House Budget Committee has passed the 13 bills that make up Missouri's state budget for next year. But the cuts made this week don't cover a projected funding shortfall.
Governor Jay Nixon says about half a billion dollars needs to be sliced from his original budget proposal made in January. The House Budget Committee, however, cut no more than $90 million before adjourning for the week.
St. Louis – The last ACORN branch in the state of Missouri will close at the end of the month.
Organizers with the St. Louis office of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now say they do not have the money to pay staffers or rent. The branch here usually averaged about $500,000 a year, mostly from dues and local foundation grants.