Good morning. Here are your headlines to start your Tuesday:
Illinois prison workers union: workers subject to coordinated shakedowns
A spokesman for the union representing Illinois prison workers now says staff at nearly all state facilities have been subject to coordinated shakedowns. A July 19 email obtained by the Associated Press seems to confirm those comments, saying a Department of Corrections administrator ordered wardens to at 10 prisons to conduct 'mass shakedowns' of staff as they left work last week.
Good morning. Here are your starting headlines today:
Valley Park mayor resigns
The embattled mayor of Valley Park has resigned. Nathan Grellner stepped down as the top official in the St. Louis County town on Thursday, submitting a written letter of resignation. Grellner has been under fire for questionable spending with a city credit card, for missing nearly every meeting since February, and for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in a neighboring town in June.
Ill. parents reminded about back-to-school vaccines
Illinois health and education officials are reminding parents to update their children's immunizations before they head back to school.
New Illinois Department of Public Health rules require students entering sixth and ninth grades this year to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine. That's a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.
The Missouri Corn Growers Association has endorsed Gov. Jay Nixon's re-election campaign.
The group says this is the first time it has made a gubernatorial endorsement.
Association President Billy Thiel says the group decided to endorse Nixon because he has promoted Missouri agriculture by helping to expand its markets globally. The group also cited Nixon's support for ethanol cooperatives, among other things.
Nixon, a Democrat, faces no serious opposition in the Aug. 7 primary. Four Republicans are competing to challenge him.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's campaign says he will pay a penalty for missing a tax bill on property he owns in Cape Girardeau.
Property tax records show Kinder owes $192 of taxes plus $42 of penalties and interest for the 2011 tax year. Campaign manager Logan Thompson said Kinder had been unaware of the bill but would pay it Monday.
Gov. Jay Nixon’s re-election war chest continues to grow, according to new figures released today.
Nixon raised $2.1 million between April and June, and had over $7.6 million in his account as of July first. His campaign calls it his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and says his bank account is twice the size it was around this time in July 2008.
The Democrat from DeSoto will face the winner of the August 7th Republican primary.