East St. Louis

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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Police Corruption
12:14 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

East St. Louis police officer sentenced

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A former East St. Louis police officer who stole a Rolex watch planted by federal agents as a test has been sentenced to 66 days in prison.

Larry Greenlee, of Belleville, pleaded guilty in May to stealing the watch, which agents planted as part of an integrity test. Greenlee came across the Rolex, encircled with diamonds, in what he thought was a stolen car, which agents had bugged with recording devices.

The sentence was announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern Illinois.

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Mississippi River
2:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks during the kick off event for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Mayors from 19 cities and towns are in St. Louis this week to launch a new initiative aimed at bringing greater attention to issues affecting the Mississippi River.

A total of 41 mayors, so far, have formally agreed to the partnership, which is set to begin lobbying congress in March of next year.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said mutual interests trump party politics.

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East St. Louis Housing Authority
4:35 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

East St. Louis will hire security guards with federal dollars

The East St. Louis Housing Authority will use a portion of a $3 million federal grant to pay for security guards, lighting, fencing, and cameras at the John DeShields homes and other properties.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The East St. Louis Housing Authority will use a portion of a federal grant it received in February to boost security at its seven main housing projects in the city.

The funds will allow for the construction of a perimeter fence at the John DeShields homes, new exterior lighting at the same site, and security cameras at all seven of the authority's major properties. The authority will also be able to hire eight full-time security guards.

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East St. Louis Public Schools
1:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

East St. Louis school board sues to block state takeover

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(via Flickr/alkruse24)

Five members of East St. Louis' elected school board are suing to reverse the state's takeover of the city's public school system.

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East St. Louis
11:36 am
Fri June 22, 2012

East St. Louis clubs to close earlier, against mayor's wishes

Club Illusion, which helped to foot the bill for extra patrols in East St. Louis back in March.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has pushed for East St. Louis to limit the liquor sales that he believes fuel violent crime in his hometown, and the city now appears poised to do just that - against the mayor's wishes.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the City Council voted 3-2 to approve a measure ordering East St. Louis nightclubs to close at 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.

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Morning round-up
7:26 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Study says region needs more immigrants

A new study to be released this morning says the St. Louis region needs to attract more immigrants if it wants to thrive in the current economy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch got an advance look at the study, written by Saint Louis University professor Jack Strauss.

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Morning round-up
6:31 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, June 4, 2012

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Ill. DNR director cannot rule out park closures

Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.

The director of the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources says his department will do all it can to keep the state's parks open after the failure of a $2 increase in license plate fees that would have provided a funding stream the the DNR.

But Marc Miller says he can't rule anything out, because the department has seen its budget slashed by 50 percent over the last decade.

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Trayvon Martin
5:38 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Trayvon Martin's father rallies for peace in hometown East St. Louis

Tracy Martin graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 1986.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Trayvon Martin's father returned to his hometown of East St. Louis Friday to honor the memory of his son and spread the message of peace.

Several hundred community members congregated at North End Missionary Baptist Church to hear Tracy Martin and Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, talk about ways to end gun violence.

Tracy Martin says many things have changed since he graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 1986.

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East St. Louis Police
10:12 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Ex-East St. Louis police chief Baxton gets year in prison

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Updated 3:24 with new headline, information on sentence.

The man who stepped down again as East St. Louis' police chief after admitting he stole video game boxes planted by federal agents has been sentenced to a year in prison.

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