St. Louis County Council

St. Louis County Council
9:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

St. Louis County Council Sets Aug. 5 Election For Burkett's Seat

Credit File photo Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Voters will go to the polls in August to fill a vacant seat on the St. Louis County Council. 

The county council gave final approval Tuesday night to setting an Aug. 5 election date to fill the 2nd District seat. That slot on the seven-person council became  vacant after the death of Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett.

“That’s 150,000 people without representation,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “And that needs to be addressed.”

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St. Louis County Council
1:17 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett Dies

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett speaks to reporters after a 2012 council meeting. Burkett died on Sunday after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett has died at the age of 68. 

Burkett, D-Overland, was diagnosed with cancer last year while serving as chairwoman of the St. Louis County Council. She continued to serve as a councilwoman while undergoing chemotherapy, but she had been absent from meetings the past few weeks.

In a statement Sunday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley praised Burkett as someone who “took care of her constituents like they were her own family.”

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Politically Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: County Executive Dooley Makes His Case For Re-Election

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

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

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We know you can’t get enough of Politically Speaking, which is why we have two episodes this week. The Politically Speaking crew's latest interview features St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat who has held the powerful local office since late 2003.

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St. Louis County Council
9:02 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

St. Louis County Complete Streets Bill Remains In Limbo

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The "Complete Streets" legislation under consideration on the St. Louis County Council still faces plenty of roadblocks to final passage. One of the sponsors, Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, held up the bill again last week, which he’s done since late November, and announced he wants to rewrite parts of it.

Dolan also said that he’s going to meet with groups affected by the bill and come back to the matter early next year.

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St. Louis County Council
5:20 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

As St. Louis County Finalizes 2014 Budget, McCulloch's Office Gets Funding Boost

St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch
Credit Courtesy of Bob McCulloch's office

The St. Louis County Council gave final approval to its 2014 budget, keeping most of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s recommendations.

But the council did make funding changes at the request of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Some money will go to adding staffers for a diversion program aimed at keeping first-time offenders out of prison.

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St. Louis County Council
6:38 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

St. Louis County Council Exempts School Events From Permits

Schools will be able to sell cookies like these at fundraisers without obtaining a permit from St. Louis County.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio)

It may be fair to call legislation that the St. Louis County Council approved Tuesday the “School Picnic Protection Act.” 

OK, that may be a bit of an oversimplification. But proponents of the move to exempt some school events from county permits say the measure is just common sense.

“They’re not big fundraisers. These aren’t big auctions and things,” said Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights. “They’re bake sales and car washes and the like. Basically it hadn’t been enforced for a long time. And all of a sudden it was starting to be enforced."

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Boeing
9:08 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

St. Louis County Could Offer Boeing Up To $1.8 Billion In Tax Incentives

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Berkeley Mayor Ted Hoskins testify in favor of a local incentives for Boeing. The measure passed Monday without opposition.
Credit File photo

St. Louis County is prepared to offer up to $1.8 billion to Boeing if the company steers production of the 777X aircraft to the county. 

The St. Louis County Council unanimously approved a resolution pledging local incentives – including tax increment financing and tax abatement – if Boeing moves production of the civilian aircraft to the the county. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the swift action was necessary to meet Tuesday’s deadline for the state to respond to the company’s request for proposal.

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Politics
9:55 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

St. Louis County Council Approves Anti-Sweatshop Rules, Hears Concerns About Power Plant

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On Tuesday night, the St. Louis County Council approved changes to its purchasing rules that prevent vendors from supplying it with garments made in so-called sweatshops.

Under the new rules sweatshop practices are defined in part as failing to comply with labor laws of the country where the garments were made and exposing workers to toxic chemicals.

Councilman Greg Quinn was the only member to vote against new procedures, saying the language of the ordinance is unclear, especially with regards to overtime pay.     

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Parks and Recreation
9:13 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Zip-Line Course Coming To Creve Coeur Park?

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The St. Louis County Council is considering plans to put a zip-line course in Creve Coeur Park.  

Some residents, however, are concerned about the proposed location of what's being called a treetop adventure course.

Eileen Buescher of Glendale was pretty fired up Tuesday night when she told the council that putting the zip-line in Creve Coeur Park was a really bad idea.

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Politics
10:22 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

St. Louis County Council Approves Arch Tax For April Ballot, Will Consider Changes To Smoking Ban

The Admiral riverboat is helped down the Mississippi River by the tugboat Michael Luhr past the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on July 19, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

On Tuesday night the St. Louis County Council gave final approval to put a sales tax initiative on the April ballot that would fund improvements to the Arch grounds, trails and local parks.

About 60 percent of the 3/16-of-a-cent so called “Arch Tax” would go toward sprucing up the Arch grounds and regional trails, the rest would pay for improvements to local parks.

Councilman Mike O’Mara sponsored the measure and says he’s ready to campaign on its behalf.

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