St. Louis, MO – Hundreds of fans attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the St. Louis Cardinals' new stadium on Saturday.
The ballpark will be located between Highway 40 and Busch Stadium, which will come down. The new facility is due to open for Opening Day, 2006.
Fans stuck out the ceremony in rainy weather during many speeches and introductions of Cardinals past and present. Hall of Famer Stan Musial played the harmonica and led the crowd in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich spent most of his State of the State speech yesterday criticizing the state agency that oversees schools the State Board of Education. "It's a burden to the taxpayers, it's a drain on local schools," Blagojevich said.
"It's an albatross to our principals and our teachers; it's not helping our children. The Illinois State Board of Education has failed in its mission."
Jefferson City, MO – New campaign reports show Missouri Governor Bob Holden has twice as much money as either of his challengers.
Holden raise more than $1 million during the last three months of 2003 and has about $3 million in the bank. His Democratic challenger, Auditor Claire McCaskill, and Republican Matt Blunt both have about $1.5 million on hand.