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Illinois Legislature
11:31 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Gay Marriage. Assault Rifle Ban. Pension Reform. All On The Table For Ill. Senate

The interior of the dome at the Illinois State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

The Illinois Senate returns to the Capitol on Wednesday to begin a weeklong legislative session that could take up pension reform, legalizing gay marriage and banning assault rifles.

The 97th General Assembly will finish its work Jan. 9 when a new Legislature is sworn in. That means there are many lame-duck lawmakers not returning who might feel less constrained to vote for contentious issues. The House comes in Sunday.

Gov. Pat Quinn has made it a priority for the assembly to find a solution to the state employee retirement programs that are underfunded by $96 billion.

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12:12 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis-Born 'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass Dies

Fontella Bass, in a still of a performance of her famed song "Rescue Me."
via YouTube video/nyrainbow5

Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died.

The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago. She was 72. Bass had also suffered several strokes since 2005.

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video gambling
12:41 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Illinois Up $1 Million In Nov. From Video Gambling Machines

via Flickr/brownpau

Illinois and local cities and towns are starting to cash in on new video gambling terminals.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the state took in nearly $1 million in additional income in November from more than 1,400 video terminals.

More than $191,000 was distributed to towns and cities where the machines are located.

Video gambling became legal in bars, clubs and truck stops in October.

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Saint Louis University
10:54 am
Fri December 7, 2012

SLU To Hold Memorial For Majerus Friday

Rick Majerus.
(via SLU Athletics)

Saint Louis University is hosting a public memorial service Friday for basketball coach Rick Majerus.

Hundreds are expected at the service at Chaifetz Pavilion to honor Majerus. It begins at 3:30 p.m.

Majerus coached for 25 years, the last five at Saint Louis University, where he led the Billikens to the third round of the NCAA tournament in March. He was 517-216 for his career and led Utah to the NCAA finals in 1998.

High Speed Rail
11:53 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Takes Environmental Step Forward

Pictured here in 2009, proposed lines in Springfield, Ill. for the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail route.
(via Flickr/aka Kath)

Illinois and the federal government have approved an environmental impact statement for the high-speed rail line under construction between Chicago and St. Louis.

The review is an important step because it identifies a route through Springfield that would end a dispute that had threatened to hold up the project.

It also recommends a route around some of the congested tangle of rail lines between Chicago and suburban Joliet. Upgrades to that suggested corridor would be $500 million cheaper than the existing route because fewer overpasses would be needed.

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Beyond November
5:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election Night With Beyond November

Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo. on Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Thank you for joining us for Election Day, and later, election night. Our live blog has concluded, but our coverage isn't over.

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Carol Perkins
12:46 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Carol Perkins, Conservationist And Humanitarian, Dies At 95

Carol Perkins while on safari in East Africa In the early 1980s. Perkins has died at the age of 95.
(Courtesy Saint Louis Zoo)

Updated 5:52 p.m.

Carol Perkins, a conservationist and humanitarian and the widow of famed zoologist Marlin Perkins, has died.

The Saint Louis Zoo says Carol Perkins died Saturday at her home in Clayton, Mo. She was 95 and had been in declining health.

Marlin Perkins was the director of the Saint Louis Zoo who gained international fame after becoming host of television's "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" in 1962. The program aired for 26 years until his death in 1986.

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3:45 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Agreement Reached To Clean-Up Groundwater Contamination At St. Louis County Site

A map illustrating the contamination and plume area of the Chicago Heights site.
(via Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

A company has agreed to clean up groundwater contamination in north St. Louis County after tests raised concerns at homes near the plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a cleanup agreement with PerkinElmer Inc., a Massachusetts-based firm that operates the Missouri Metals plant. The agreement will be final after a 30-day comment period.

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2:45 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ill. Voters File Lawsuit Challenging Retirement Benefits Ballot Question

A ballot question in Illinois regarding retirement benefits for public employees has been challenged with a lawsuit.
(via Flickr/aperte)

A group of voters is challenging the validity of a measure on this fall's ballot that would make it more difficult to improve retirement benefits for public employees.

In a statement Thursday, Republican state Senate candidate John Bambenek, of Champaign, said he and 10 other Illinois residents filed a lawsuit arguing the question is unconstitutional.

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Charter Schools
12:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

State: 4 of 5 'Financially Stressed' Mo. Charter Schools Are In St. Louis

(via Flickr/alkruse24)

The state says five Missouri charter schools are financially stressed.

Four of the schools are in St. Louis - Carondolet Leadership Academy, Grand Center Arts Academy, South City Preparatory Academy and Jamaa Learning Center. The fifth is Pathway Academy in Kansas City.

This is the first time the state has declared schools financially stressed under a new state law that requires more supervision of the publicly funded but independently run schools. The designation is based on ending balances in two key funds.

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