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IDOT Studies Environmental Impact
4:26 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks speaks Thursday at a high-speed rail rally outside East St. Louis City Hall. Parks wants IDOT to build a high-speed rail station in his city.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Governmental and religious officials rallied Thursday for the Illinois Department of Transportation to build a high-speed rail stop in East St. Louis. 

IDOT working on a high-speed rail line connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Joliet and Alton, where a station is under construction. 

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East St. Louis
8:40 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

East St. Louis Pays Down Decades-Old Bonds

A survey released by Creighton University shows continued economic growth for the near future, though no real expectation for increased employment. (via Flickr/ Rob Lee)
Flickr/Rob Lee

East St. Louis has paid off more than $20 million in bonds it’s owed Illinois for nearly two decades.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the $21.4 million it borrowed 19 years ago helped bail out the city in a time of crisis, but paying them off has been a financial burden ever since.

“This is a huge deal,” he said. “What it does is send a message that East St. Louis has handled its responsibilities to the state of Illinois and we have never defaulted on our loan from the state of Illinois in terms of refinancing the bonds.”

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Economy
2:30 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Sinai Village Plans To Begin Phase Two Of Housing Development In East St. Louis

Pastor Herman Watson, left, and former U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello at the dedication ceremony. Land has been secured to begin phase two of Sinai Village in East St. Louis, which will build 30 more homes in the Winstanley Neighborhood.
Credit Erin Williams

Public officials and religious leaders gathered in East St. Louis Saturday to celebrate the expansion of a major housing project aimed at providing low-income residents with an affordable place to live.

The Mount Sinai Development Corporation has secured land to add 30 homes to the original 30 that were completed two years ago in the Winstanley Industry Park Neighborhood.

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St. Louis on the Air
9:08 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Youth Violence in East St. Louis, Mayor Parks: We Cannot Tolerate It

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks
Alex Heuer/St. Louis Public Radio

Less than one week ago East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks announced a list of new measures in an attempt to curb recent violence in the city.  Among the new rules is a curfew for all youth after 10:00 p.m.  A ban from wearing royal blue or bright red clothing was also in effect for all men though the Mayor has since backed down.

Host Don Marsh talks with multiple guests about the new measures which stem from a deadly weekend in which an 18 year old man was stabbed to death and three young men died after being shot in the parking lot of a local club.

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East St. Louis
4:05 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Parks: 'Almost War-Like Situation' In East St. Louis Warrants Strict Curfew

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East St. Louis’ mayor has put a strict curfew in place for teens on the heels of four killings earlier this week.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says police will arrest teenagers 17 and younger who are NOT in school between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Teens younger than 18 also will be arrested if they’re out later than 10 p.m.

Parks says he knows some people will consider the curfews too strict, but he wants to keep the city from losing more young people.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Morning Headlines: Monday, September 24, 2012

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Gingrich in St. Louis to support Todd Akin

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be in suburban St. Louis on Monday at a fundraiser and news conference in support of Todd Akin's Senate campaign. The men are scheduled to appear at a $500-per-person, or $750-per-couple, fundraiser. They'll also speak at a late-morning news conference in Kirkwood.

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Morning Roundup
8:45 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 13, 2012

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Parks again rejects Durbin's call for earlier night club closings

East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks is again rejecting a call from Sen. Dick Durbin to institute an earlier closing time for the city’s night clubs and liquor stores

Durbin was in his hometown on Wednesday encouraging area ministers to push Parks for a 1 a.m. closing time. Durbin believes it would help curb the killings in a city that a federal prosecutor has called the nation’s most dangerous.

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East St. Louis
6:20 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Public safety vs. city funding: a tough balance in East St. Louis

A peace rally last month outside the Orr-Weathers public housing project in East St. Louis was held after a police officer was shot there two days before.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

When it’s “last call” on weekends for St. Louis bars and clubs, East St. Louis’ nightlife is just getting started. The city’s slack liquor laws allow nightclubs and liquor stores to operate well into the morning. Many critics say the laws are the root of the city’s chronic violent crime.

The problem poses a delicate balancing act for Mayor Alvin Parks who says East St. Louis’ late-night entertainment industry is keeping the city alive.

A Senator's strong words 

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East St. Louis
1:20 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

East St. Louis nightclubs pitch in for more police patrols

Club Illusion is helping foot the bill for extra patrols in East St. Louis.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

East St. Louis nightclubs and other local businesses are bankrolling extra weekend police patrols after a series of violent crimes.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. says the city needs more officers on the street but cannot afford them on its own.

“This is taking already existing officers and paying them to work this special detail," Parks said. "A detail that will be about six officers downtown and another two in the rest of the city where there might be late night activity.”

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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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