Springfield, IL – After nearly ten years of Republican leadership in the Illinois Senate, a Chicago Democrat will take over the chamber come January.
Senate Democrats voted Senator Emil Jones to be the chamber's next president last night. Democrats will have control of both chambers of the legislature when the next General Assembly convenes in January. Jones will replace current Senate President Pate Philip.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Supreme Court Justice Michael Wolff says state lawmakers should reconsider some of the state's sentencing laws.
During a forum in Jefferson City yesterday, Wolff said lawmakers should consider the success of drug courts, substance abuse programs and short-term prison boot camps as alternative sentencing methods for non-violent offenders.
More than half of the state's 30,000 prison inmates are considered non-violent.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Council is reviewing the proposed 2003 budget. Tuesday, council members met with officials from the Parks and Recreation department, which is targeted to lose at least three full time employees next year. County officials say declines in sales tax revenue and a steady property tax rate is prompting service cuts. The proposed budget also calls for at least 10 positions to be cut from the county health department.
Chicago, IL – Illinois' Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich and his transition team are being swarmed with resumes from people looking for jobs in the new administration.
Blagojevich says people even ask him as he walks down the street.
He's the first Democratic governor in 26 years, meaning a lot of jobs will be up for grabs but maybe not as many as people think. Blagojevich promises he'll balance the budget without raising taxes, which means more jobs cuts are likely.