Morning headlines: February 1, 2012
University of Missouri to raise tuition
The University of Missouri system wants to increase tuition next year by 7.5 percent at its Columbia campus and even more at its campuses in St. Louis and Rolla.
A proposal released Tuesday afternoon spells out proposed in-state tuition hikes of 8.2 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and 9 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.
Similar increases are being sought for graduate programs and non-resident undergraduates.
The proposals follow a recommended 12.5 percent cut in state funding for higher education in Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed fiscal 2013 budget. That recommendation is subject to lawmaker approval. Under state law, the university system needs state approval to increase resident undergraduate tuition beyond the inflation rate.
Quinn to discuss jobs, economic growth and tax relief today
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says job creation is the top issue for working people and he's expected to lay out an agenda with several proposal during his State of the State address at noon today in Springfield. Quinn says that includes some type of tax relief.
Yesterday Quinn said that jobs are the key to helping Illinois out of fiscal crisis. He says cutting the budget isn't the only way to reform. He's expected to touch on state pension reform, restructuring the Medicaid system and raising the state's dropout age from 17 to 18.
Quinn is giving his budget address before state lawmakers later in the month.
SUV crashes into Fox Theatre
St. Louis police are investigating after a sport utility vehicle crashed into the Fox Theatre.
The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after two SUVs collided at the intersection of Grand and Washington, near the Fox. Both drivers told police that the other ran a red light. One of the SUVs then drove onto the sidewalk, struck a light pole, then hit the box office area of the front of the Fox Theatre. A large display window was shattered and the marble facade was damaged.
A woman in the SUV that struck the theater was hospitalized with minor injuries. Damage to the theater is still being assessed.