Champaign-Urbana, Ill. – An Illinois lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to fine gas stations $1,000 per violation, if the state can find evidence of price gouging.
Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville) says it's time for Illinois to keep a closer look on fluctuating prices. "While I understand supply and demand, and OPEC is tightening production, what I find odd is so many stations seem to be at the same price within 45 minutes of each other," Black said. "That seems to enhance my frustration."
Jefferson City, MO – Republican Matt Blunt raised more money this summer than his two possible Democratic opponents in next year's race for Missouri Governor.
The Secretary of State took in nearly $514,000 from July through September; that's more than Governor Bob Holden or Auditor Claire McCaskill raised. But Holden still has the most money on hand, about $2.3 million. McCaskill and Blunt each have around $1.3 million.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis school board members heard from angry parents and students at their meeting Tuesday night; many of whom protested a lack of hot water and other utilities at some schools this week.
More than 20 maintenance engineers staged a "sick-out" to protest the potential outsourcing of custodial jobs on Tuesday.
Stephen Gregali, a St. Louis Alderman and an official with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 2, said the action was entirely the workers' doing.
Sauget, Ill. – The Metro-East town of Sauget has a new mayor with a familiar name. The village board Tuesday elected Rich Sauget Jr. He replaces his great uncle, Paul Sauget, who resigned this month after questions were raised over $100,000 in personal charges made on his village-issued credit card.
Mayor Rich Sauget's first act was to appoint the police chief's mom as village clerk.
St. Louis, MO – Some locked out grocery store workers have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They say their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, didn't hold a fair strike vote because IDs weren't properly checked at the vote and not everyone understood the nature of a strike.