Springfield, Ill. – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's announcement of a six-figure book deal this week has prompted legislation meant to bar corrupt government officials from profiting from their misconduct.
The bill from Democratic Rep. Jack Franks would require officials convicted of misconduct to forfeit any payment for their stories. That means they couldn't make money from book, TV or movie deals.
Franks said officials should not be able to "cash in" after betraying the people's trust.
St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay won decisively in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Slay got more than 61 percent of the vote, beating former alderwoman Irene J. Smith, who had 32 percent, and attorney Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman, who had 6.5 percent. Slay credited a strong two-term record for his win.
"Our neighborhoods are stronger through a lot of the efforts we've undertaken," Slay said. "I think we've been able to demonstrate that our efforts have borne a lot of fruit."
Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would allow utility companies to charge their customers for the cost of building new nuclear plants while under construction.
St. Louis-based AmerenUE is lobbying for the bill, in the hopes of building a second nuclear reactor at its plant near Fulton.
The bill that would revise the Construction Work in Progress law (CWIP) passed by a near unanimous vote, after a number of reforms were added.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri senator Kit Bond has suggested making the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation the lead agency to address the nation's economic crisis.
"It's critical that one government agency be selected to lead the clean-up," Bond said in a speech on the Senate floor Monday outlining his proposal. "Management by committee and multiple regulators is a recipe for disaster."
Jefferson City, Mo. – Investigators looking into the e-mail retention practices of former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt have concluded that his office had "insufficient" public records policies.
The report released Tuesday wraps up a one-and-a-half-year probe into Blunt's office that began after a former legal counsel claimed he was fired for raising concerns about e-mail deletions in the office.
Although raising concerns, the investigators decided not to refer the matter to prosecutors.