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Illinois Lame-Duck Session
1:40 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Quinn comments on Ill. tax increase, death penalty

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several major bills in the last few days of its lame-duck session.

Two of the bills, one on an income tax increase and the other on abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, were the focus of a press conference held today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Here are some highlights of Quinn's comments:

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MO Statehouse
2:28 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. House OKs measure criticizing health care law

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has passed a resolution urging state officials to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the federal health care overhaul and calling on Congress to repeal the law.

The House approved the resolution Tuesday on a vote of 115-46.

The resolution also urges Missouri's attorney general to defend a voter-approved law that bars the government from requiring people to have health insurance or penalizing them for not having it. The federal law requires that most people have health insurance or face penalties starting in 2014.

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Recount Bill
11:31 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts

Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?

Well, a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.

Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.

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George Ryan
5:29 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ryan denied plea for freedom to spend time with ill wife

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan in 2007 prior to his indictment. (Flickr Creative Commons User spsarge).

An attempt for former Ill. governor George Ryan to be released from prison on bail has failed, according to the Associated Press.

We've been following the story of Ryan's efforts to leave prison to spend time with his very ill wife, Lura Lynn.

After the announcement of his wife's deteriorating condition in early Dec. 2010,  Ryan made an urgent plea to be relased, which he was denied.

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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
3:13 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ex-CIA officer from O'Fallon accused of leak waives extradition

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo. waived extradition here today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Black)

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

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Quinn Sworn In
12:18 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Quinn sworn in as Ill. governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Jr. takes the oath of office during inauguration ceremonies at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois on January 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democrat Pat Quinn has been sworn in to a full term as governor of Illinois, two years after he got the job when his predecessor, the much-discussed Rod Blagojevich, was kicked out of office.

Quinn was sworn in Monday in Springfield amid an immense budget crisis.

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Nixon Car Accident
11:03 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon evaluated at hospital following car accident

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been treated and released from a hospital after being involved in a traffic accident.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Nixon was a passenger in a Chevrolet Suburban driven by a patrol trooper that was rear-ended Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 50 in Jefferson City, just a few blocks south of the Capitol.

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Contraband Cigarettes
6:40 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

11 indicted over contraband cigarettes

Discarded cigarette butts in a sand receptacle. Eleven people were indicted today over contraband cigarettes in Missouri and Illinois. (via Flickr/ curran.kelleher)

Cigarettes are in the news again, but this time it's not about banning the smoking of them.

Eleven men from the St. Louis and Chicago areas are facing federal indictment for allegedly trafficking in contraband cigarettes.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced the indictments on Thursday. Four of the men are from suburban St. Louis, five are from Chicago and two are from Chicago suburbs.

Illinois Death Penalty
6:20 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

UPDATE: Ill. House re-votes, passes bill to repeal death penalty, goes to Senate

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. In this building today, the Illinois House of Representatives voted on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
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UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 p.m. :   Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.

A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.

House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. The bill needed 60 votes for approval.

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