Illinois

2010 Census Data
4:26 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

MO, IL lose seats in Congress, St. Louis districts suspected targets for reapportionment

Mo. State Rep. John Diehl at today’s press conference in the Mo. House Lounge at the State Capitol. Diehl chairs the Missouri state reapportionment committee. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio).

UPDATED: 4:09 p.m. Dec. 21, 2010, with information about reapportionment of Missouri congressional districts.

There’s already speculation that the Republican-dominated Missouri House and Senate will target the St. Louis-area districts held by Democrats Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan.  But GOP House Member John Diehl, who chairs that chamber’s reapportionment committee, downplayed that possibility before reporters at the State Capitol.

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U.S. Census Data
9:23 am
Mon December 20, 2010

New Census numbers could mean bad news for Missouri, Illinois

A 2010 Census outreach event in July of 2010. New Census data will be released tomorrow which could result in fewer legislative seats for Missouri and Illinois. (Flickr Creative Commons User jennaddenda)

New 2010 U.S. Census figures will be released tomorrow.  And that could be bad news for the St. Louis region.

Some experts say the state is just shy of the population it would need to retain all nine of its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington University political science professor Steven Smith says it would be "a substantial loss" for Missouri's influence on Capitol Hill.

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Death of Springfield, Ill. Mayor
10:59 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Springfield, Ill. mayor found shot dead in home, investigation underway

Springfield, Ill. mayor Tim Davlin speaking at the Capital City Bicentennial Celebration in 2009. Davlin was found shot to death in his home today.
(Flickr Creative Commons User aka Kath)

UPDATED 2:54 p.m. Dec. 15:

According to a news release from the Sangamon county Coroner's Office Davlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14:

In a press release, the Illinois State Police announced that they have been asked by the Springfield Police Department to conduct an investigation into Davlin's death. The Illinois State Police will also be performing the autopsy on Dec. 15.

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High-Speed Rail
4:06 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Illinois gets high-speed rail money when Ohio, Wisconsin pass

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois is set to get millions of dollars for high-speed rail projects that were supposed to go to two other states. But that news may not be as good as it sounds.

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Unemployment
5:05 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Unemployment numbers released for St. Louis

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today about the state of unemployment over the past year for the St. Louis Mo.-Ill metropolitan area. We have some of the highlights for you:

  • St. Louis Mo.-Ill. registered an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in October 2010 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in October 2010, not seasonally adjusted.
  • Employment rose in St. Louis at a rate of 0.1 percent, but not as much as it did nationally, 0.5 percent.

So who was getting hired?

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Law
1:59 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Ill. Senate approves civil unions for gay couples

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has approved civil unions for gay couples.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Here's more information from the AP (as of 2:10 p.m.):

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