Previously, parts of the St. Louis Public Radio listening area were under a tornado watch. This tornado watch has now been lifted.
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Joplin, Mo. was also hit particularly hard from this round of tornadoes and storms. Fatalities have been confirmed.
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Democrats have released their proposal for new Illinois House districts that would make political life harder for Republicans.
The map was made public Friday afternoon. Democrats plan a hearing on Sunday where more detail may be available and critics can air their concerns.
The proposal throws some Republicans into the same districts.
Others would lose territory that could be used to help elect Democrats.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.
A plan to prohibit public disclosure of licensed gun owners is headed to the Governor, who has indicated he supports it.
The 42 to 1 Senate vote Friday would overturn a ruling earlier this year by Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office that the names are public under the Freedom of Information Act.
Madigan responded after the Illinois State Police refused to release the names to reporters. Roughly one million people are registered to own firearms in Illinois.
Originally published on Wed May 18, 2011 9:54 am
Soprano and Illinois native Christine Brewer — once a music teacher in a small former coal-mining town — writes about not underestimating adolescents' powers of subtle understanding.
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Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in April, improving for the 15th consecutive month.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the new figures on Thursday.
Updated at 1:28 p.m. with Republican reaction via the Associated Press:
Some Republican Illinois senators are satisfied with a newly proposed remap of their legislativedistricts.
Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says his new district would grow by about 7,000 people and pick up parts of Cook County in a proposed Senate redistricting map released Thursday.
Illinois lawmakers face some big decisions in the next two weeks, including how much to cut the budget and whether to overhaul workers' compensation.
The spring legislative session is supposed to end by May 31, but there are still three different budget plans on the table. They're roughly $2 billion apart on how much to spend.
Now lawmakers must decide whether to back one particular proposal or come up with a compromise.
Updated 1:49 p.m. with sentence decision:
Christopher Coleman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
At 1 p.m. today, Circuit Judge Milton Wharton will decide the fate of Christopher Coleman, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The Illinois state House has rejected a measure that would have allowed Illinois residents to carry a concealed weapon.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing to blow holes into agricultural levees to relieve rising floodwater on the town of Cairo, Ill. (See video footage of today's second blast below).
However, sparing Cairo came at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars of Missouri crops.
Ed Marshall farms about 8,000 acres in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri. At this time of year he normally looks out on miles of corn and wheat, but right now, his view is different.
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