St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis School Board approved a sweeping budget package that eliminates more than 1,400 jobs. The 5-1 vote in favor was preceded by an evening of impassioned appeals from parents and school employees who called on the board not to adopt the budget.
Voting for the budget were Darnetta Clinkscale, Vince Schoemehl, Bob Archibald, Ronald Jackson, and Amy Hilgemann. Rochelle Moore voted 'no.' Bill Haas was not there.
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Tuesday signed three measures into law withthe aim of helping domestic violence victims.
One new law gives people who are beaten or raped because of their gender more time to come forward and sue their attackers in civil court. It extends the statute of limitations from two years to seven.
Supporters says victims need longer to take court action because they often need years of therapy to understand and come to terms with what happened to them.
Chicago, ILL. – New census figures show about one million people left Illinois between 1995 and 2000. Most of them went to Wisconsin or Indiana, but overall the state's population increased during that time. It now has a population of about 12.4 million, up from 12 million.
Also, about 665,000 people moved into Illinois from other states during that period.
Nearly 85,000 moved away to Indiana; just more than 80,000 moved to Wisconsin.
St. Louis, MO – Voters in DeSoto Tuesday approved letting the school district borrow $7.6 million for school construction following a tornado in May. Insurance will cover the tornado damage to the buildings but officials wanted to also upgrade them while workers repair them.
In St. Louis County, tax increase questions were approved in Crestwood and Overland but rejected in Crystal Lake Park. Ferguson and Pine Lawn will join 10 other cities in charging a fine for keeping a building vacant too long.