Politics & Issues

Thanksgiving Day Shopping
6:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

St. Louis-Area Lawmaker Plans To Try Again To Ban Mo. Retailers From Opening On Thanksgiving Day

State Rep. Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart)
Mo. House Communications

Today is Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year.  But many large retailers were open yesterday, on Thanksgiving.

One Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Deal Reached To Solve $100 Billion Illinois Pension Crisis

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Will be updated.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis.

Steve Brown says he was told of the agreement following a leaders meeting Wednesday.

Brown says the speaker's staff is putting together an "explanatory memo" for lawmakers and will send details of the proposed legislation to them Friday.

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Politics
9:15 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Gov. Nixon Reiterates Support For Boeing To Choose St. Louis, But No Special Session Yet

Nixon, speaking at the podium for Progress 64 West.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is continuing to voice his support for Boeing to choose St. Louis as its location to produce its new commercial aircraft, the 777X.

Boeing is shopping for a new location after a disagreement with the Machinists union in Washington. The company and has since met with governors in numerous states. Nixon met with Boeing last week, and said he will work quickly with the state’s legislative leaders to craft a proposal to lure the aerospace company.

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Chris Nicastro
5:18 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Two Mo. Lawmakers Call on DESE Commissioner Nicastro To Resign

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro
(Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Two members of the Missouri General Assembly are calling on Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign.

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Politically Speaking
4:47 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Politically Speaking: House Investigations, Execution Controversy And A Transportation Tax

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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Illinois Politics
12:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Enyart Formally Announces He'd Like To Continue His 'Mission' In Southern Illinois

Rep. Bill Enyart.
(via Enyart's campaign)

Will be updated.

Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart officially announced Tuesday that he's running for re-election.

The announcement is a formality as Enyart already shared  his intentions back in May.

Enyart, 64, made two stops Tuesday to share the news, one in his home-base of Belleville, Ill. and another in Carbondale, Ill.  

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:23 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect

Vernita Gray (left) and her partner Patricia Ewert had a civil union in Chicago's Millennium Park in June 2011. A judge ruled Monday that they should be allowed to legally marry now because of Gray's health.
Timmy Samuel Lambda Legal

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:12 am

Seven months before Illinois' same-sex marriage law goes into effect, a judge ruled Monday that two Chicago women can marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.

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Illinois Politics
5:20 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

One Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Made More Than $53 Million In 2012

Bruce Rauner's 2012 tax returns show he made more than $53 million in 2012, most of it from interest and capital gains.
Brian Mackey/WUIS

Reporting from WUIS' Brian Mackey

One of the Republicans running for Illinois governor had a very good year in 2012. Bruce Rauner released his tax returns Monday, and says he made more than $53 million.

Rauner's 2012 tax returns show he and his wife made almost all of their money on interest, capital gains, and real estate.

The line on his tax form for W-2s, where most people report "wages, salaries, (and) tips," shows $0.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Immigration Groups Continue To Pressure Rep. Wagner

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Pro-immigration reform groups are continuing to put pressure on Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-St. Louis County). About 15 people rallied Monday in Kirkwood, calling for her to address comprehensive immigration reform.

Several people spoke at the rally. Some shared stories of being separated from family members after deportation, while others spoke about not being able to leave the country for a loved one’s funeral.

Lawrence Nwachukwu heads Basilico Engineering, a firm in St. Louis. He said he’s been trying to get his siblings to legally emigrate from Nigeria.

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Politically Speaking
5:12 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Politically Speaking: St. Louis Aldermanic President Reed On Power At City Hall, City-County Merger

(Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Beacon)

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics. Pinch-hitting for Chris this week was St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann.

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