St. Louis, MO – The newest contract proposal from the Post-Dispatch to about 600 of its union workers drops a so-called "open shop" clause from the deal. That means affected employees would still have to pay union dues.
More meetings are planned to discuss the three-year deal. Union president and Post-Dispatch reporter Tim O'Neill said in an article in the paper that the open shop move will allow the union to remove billboards and radio ads that accuse the paper of union-busting.
St. Louis, MO – The 8th Street ramp to eastbound Highway 40 is now closed; crews could start tearing it down today. That depends on when the Cardinals finalize a financing plan for a new stadium.
The Post-Dispatch reports that will happen today. The ramp carries about 5,000 cars a day but has to go to make room for the $400 million stadium, which will be squeezed in between Busch Stadium and Highway 40.
East St. Louis, Ill. – A judge on Monday said the Casino Queen in East St. Louis can serve alcohol at midnight on New Year's Day.
The boat sued last week after Mayor Carl Officer said he would not renew any liquor license when they expire January First. Officer says he has no choice because the City Council has not given him money to hire liquor inspectors.
Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan says he won't agree to a plea bargain in the federal corruption charges against him. Ryan entered an innocent plea in federal court Tuesday and later said he is innocent of charges that he took payoffs, gifts and vacations when he was secretary of state and governor.
Chicago, Ill. – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is expected in court today (Tuesday) for the first time since federal prosecutors accused him of taking payoffs, gifts and vacations in return for letting associates profit from state contracts or leases while he was Secretary of State and then Governor.
The 69-year-old Kankakee native is expected to enter a plea of innocent during an arraignment hearing in Chicago.
St. Louis, MO – There's a $25,000 reward for anyone with information that might lead to whoever has been setting buildings in the McRee Town neighborhood on fire.
On Sunday, seven mostly-vacant homes in the south St. Louis City neighborhood caught fire at about the same time. No one was hurt, but they came just a few weeks after five other structures in the area burned down at the same time.
The homes were slated for demolition as developers work to rehab the neighborhood, which has fallen into disrepair in years past.