The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use, “profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,” or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held. It was sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).
“It’s important for citizens here in Missouri to have their First Amendment rights protected," Mayer said. "There (have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.”
Rev. Larry Rice is taking a new approach in his crusade to shelter homeless persons in St. Louis.
Rice was arrested two weeks ago for trying to set up a homeless camp on private land. Now, he’s asking city aldermen to directly support a tent community by providing one acre of land owned by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority.
“We have tent cities that are illegal here in this city right now," he said. "Let’s have a legal tent city for the sake of homelessness. The homeless should not be criminalized. These people just want a home.”
Updated 1:53 p.m.with statements from Costello, Plummer
The Democratic nominee for a southern Illinois congressional seat being vacated by Jerry Costello says he's dropping out of the race for medical reasons.
Democrat Brad Harriman says his withdrawal from the 12th Congressional District race comes after he talked with his doctor about what he calls a noticeably worsening neurological condition that now requires surgery.
Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield.
An Illinois state House committee has approved sweeping changes to public employee pensions.
It's one of Gov. Pat Quinn's priorities for the legislative session that ends on Thursday.
Current and retired state and university employees, and public school teachers would face a difficult choice; keep their health care in retirement and have future pay raises count toward their pensions, but a smaller cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), or keep the current 3 percent compounding COLA but lose health care.