Jay Hoffman

U.S. Steel in Granite City
Wayne Pratt|St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 with comments from the union and U.S. Steel — The United Steelworkers union is upbeat about the positive industry outlook from the head of U.S. Steel. U. S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC this week that he is ready to recall around 10,000 workers across the country. But on Thursday, U.S. Steel issued a statement clarifying those comments. The company says Longhi was talking about the overall domestic industry, not just U.S. Steel. In a statement emailed to St. Louis Public Radio, union officials point out that despite Longhi's comments, the company still does not have specific plans to re-open idled production facilities. That includes the plant in Granite City, where roughly 2,000 workers have been off the job for about a year. U.S. Steel stopped production, mainly because of what the company and the union have described as unfair trade practices by foreign producers.

When copper piping like this is stolen, it can be costly to replace.
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After receiving approval from both the Illinois House and Senate, a bill to form a task force to find solutions for metal theft has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. It goes into effect on January 1, 2016. In a statement Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea announced Friday that he would be a member of the task force. Original story from February 15, 2015: Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, has introduced a bill to form a task force of metal theft experts. Together they would work to find...

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The board of Belleville Township could soon be voting to dissolve itself. Currently an Illinois township can only be dissolved by a referendum of the people and approval from surrounding townships, but a bill awaiting consideration by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner would allow the Metro East township’s elected officials to vote for dissolution instead.

Office of Rep. Jay Hoffman.

The Illinois House is considering whether to ban law enforcement agencies in the state from requiring officers to meet traffic ticket quotas. The measure which passed the Senate last week would prevent departments from using ticket quotas in officer performance evaluations. Democratic Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea is sponsoring the legislation. “Some departments have mandated that officers write X amount of tickets a month or they could face discipline,” he said. “Mandating the number of...

(Ill. General Assembly website)

Democrat Jay Hoffman has changed his mind about running for Congress and now plans to seek a seat in the
Illinois House. Democratic Party officials on Thursday endorsed Huffmans run for the seat held until recently by Tom Holbrook. Holbrook announced plans to step down from the Illinois House after Gov. Pat Quinn picked him to head the Illinois Pollution Control Board. A month ago, Hoffman had said hed run for Congress in the newly drawn 13th District. Now, he says he hopes to represent...

Jay Hoffman served in the Illinois House for 22 years, and now he says hes running for Congress. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Hoffman said Sunday hell run for the Democratic nomination in the new 13th Congressional District. Hoffman narrowly lost a race for Congress in 1996. The News-Gazette said Hoffman will formally announce his candidacy at various stops throughout the sprawling new district on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, starting Wednesday in Edwardsville. Hoffman had...