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11:50 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Durbin enlists East St. Louis ministries in fight to curb club hours

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. (at right) speaking outside Mt. Paran Missionary Baptist Church in East St. Louis, Ill. on April 11, 2012. Also pictured at left is Dr. Zachary Lee.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is enlisting East St. Louis church leaders in his fight to rein in the city’s late-night entertainment industry.

The Democrat met with more than fifty members of the New Salem Baptist District Association Wednesday. He urged ministers to pressure Mayor Alvin Parks to close the city's nightclubs and liquor stores at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. 

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Election 2012
4:17 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

St. Charles Co. do-over caucus is Tuesday

(via Flickr/Vox Efx)

St. Charles County Republicans get a do-over for a botched presidential caucus with a gathering Tuesday night.

The March 17 caucus in St. Peters descended into chaos amid rules disputes and claims of favoritism, and adjourned with police arresting two people. No delegates were selected.

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Illinois State Budget
1:18 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Widespread spending cut plan approved by Ill. House

The Illinois State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Updated 1:56 p.m. with correction from The Associated Press on Medicaid percentage. 

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.

The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent (percentage earlier read 25 percent, has been corrected). Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.

The House approved it 91-16 on Thursday. Now it goes to the state Senate.

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Developing: police officer shot
2:18 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Off-duty St. Louis officer shot; two men charged

Christopher Gales (left) and Montez Thomas, both 18 and of St. Louis, have been charged in the shooting of an off-duty St. Louis Police officer.
(St. Louis County Police)

Updated 2:02 p.m. March 23:

Christopher Gales and Montez Thomas, both 18, have been charged in relation to the case, according to a release from the St. Louis County Police. Their photos are above.

Both men have been charged with the following:

  • 1 count of Assault in the First Degree,
  • 1 count of Robbery in the First Degree,
  • 1 count of Burglary in the First Degree and
  • 3 counts of Armed Criminal Action.

Gales and Thomas are being held on $500,000 cash-only bonds.

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Rod Blagojevich
12:46 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Blagojevich's famed hair to turn gray in prison within months

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The answer to the question we know you were all asking is here.

So, what will become of Rod Blagojevich's hair in prison?

Blagojevich's barber says the former Illinois governor's famously thick, dark hair is dyed and will turn gray within the first months of his prison term.

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Gateway Arch / Emerald Ash Borer
9:45 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Park Service to remove ash trees from Arch grounds

An adult emerald ash borer.
(David Cappaert, Michigan State University)

Nearly half of the trees on the grounds of the Gateway Arch will be removed and replaced with a different species.

The National Park Service said Thursday that more than 900 Rosehill ash trees will be taken out over concerns about the threat posed by the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in 15 states. Officials at the Arch say the ash trees on the grounds are also showing signs of decline from urban factors like air pollution and less than ideal soil.

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Election 2012
5:30 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday: Live Coverage

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East St. Louis
2:40 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Durbin calls for East St. Louis action on clubs

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. in East St. Louis on Feb. 22.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

A U.S. senator is stepping up his efforts to limit nightclub hours in East St. Louis.

Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday that earlier closing times for nightclubs and liquor stores would improve safety for city residents. The Illinois Democrat specifically challenged Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. to do his part in reducing crime rates. (Read the full letter from Durbin to Parks).

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Education
11:42 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Hearing over St. Louis school transfer case gets started

(via Flickr/evmaiden)

A St. Louis County judge begins hearing arguments in a case that has the potential to allow thousands of Kansas City and St. Louis students to leave their unaccredited school systems.

(See our own Maria Altman's feature on the issue here).

The hearing, which began Monday, involves a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay tuition and transportation for students within their boundaries to attend accredited schools.

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Education
11:27 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Missouri Board of Education OKs No Child Left Behind waiver

(via Flickr/Lauren Manning)

Updated 1:28 p.m. to reflect that eleven states have already been granted waivers.

The Missouri Board of Education has approved the state's request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Members voted Tuesday to support the waiver's submission to the U.S. Department of Education with minor edits. Last fall, President Barack Obama said states will be allowed to seek a waiver from the law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

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