Chicago, ILL. – A former top aide to former Illinois Governor George Ryan will be sentenced in Chicago today.
Scott Fawell was also Ryan's campaign director; he was convicted of racketeering in March as part of the licenses for bribes scandal. His was the biggest case to date in the five-year federal investigation of corruption during Ryan's time as Illinois' Secretary of State.
St. Louis, MO – Telemarketers in Missouri are waiting to see what effect the national 'do not call' list will have. The president of a St. Louis telemarketing firm says thousands of Missouri jobs are in danger because of the list.
At least ten-thousand Missourians are employed by the telemarketing industry. Beginning in September, telemarketers will have to check the list every three months to make sure they don't call anyone on it. Anyone who calls a person on the 'do not call' list could be fined up to $11,000 for each violation.
St. Louis, MO – Thousands of people gathered in Tower Grove Park Sunday for St. Louis's gay pride celebration; it was the 24th annual PrideFest. Organizers say their predictions put as many as 50,000 people there.
The day also featured a parade; it came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that ban gay sex.
Gay pride events nationally marked the anniversary of gays fighting back against a police raid on a gay bar in June 1969 in New York.
Chicago, IL – Former Governor George Ryan's long-time top aide Scott Fawell was sentenced today to six-and-a-half years in prison for a racketeering scheme in which state employees and taxpayer dollars were used to fuel campaigns.
The 46-year-old Fawell's voice broke with emotion as he apologized to his politically prominent family before U-S District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer imposed the sentence.
St. Louis, MO – Today is Cleveland Hammonds' last day St. Louis schools superintendent. He's retiring and says he's proud of his tenure.
During his time, Hammonds oversaw the nation's largest school desegregation plan and the dropout rate fell by 13%.
The district's big budget deficit and attempt to gain accreditation from the state are now for interim superintendent William Roberti to address. Roberti heads a so-called turnaround firm that's usually hired to improve ailing businesses.