Special session
1:43 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Session on Ill. pension reform will be Aug. 17

A interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Updated with comments from Quinn, statement from GOP leaders

Illinois state lawmakers now know when they'll have to return to Springfield to wrestle with the state's financially-strapped pension system.

Gov. Pat Quinn today announced an Aug. 17 legislative session for lawmakers to push forward with "full-scale reform." House members were already scheduled to meet that to vote on whether to expel indicted Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith.

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Legislative Scholarships
11:34 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Political perk of legislative scholarships ends for Ill. lawmakers

The interior of the dome of the Illinois Capitol building.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perk - the ability to award college scholarships.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.

The awards are actually tuition waivers, meaning universities wind up educating the students and not getting any payment.

Over the years, legislators have given waivers to the children of friends, campaign donors and political allies.

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Sign ordinance
10:10 am
Tue February 21, 2012

High court will not hear St. Louis "eminent domain" sign case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case that allowed this anti-eminent domain sign to remain on the side of a building in south St. Louis.
(via the Institute for Justice)

Updated at 1:25 with statement from the city.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request to review an opinion from a lower federal appeals court that allowed a St. Louis man to keep a mural that protests eminent domain.

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UM system tuition
11:21 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Curators approve 3 percent tuition hike for UM system

A view of the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
(University of Missouri-St. Louis)

Updated at 1:00 p.m. following conference call and media availability.

Updated at 1:07 to correct who would have to provide the tuition waiver.

Missouri residents attending the four campuses of the University of Missouri system will see their tuition increase by three percent - about $230 - next year.

The system's Board of Curators voted 7-0 during a teleconference meeting this morning to approve that increase, as well as increases in a variety of fees that students pay for specialized programs.

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Rod Blagojevich
12:16 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Blagojevich ordered to report to prison nearly a month later than originally scheduled

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 12:24 p.m. with judge's recommendation for Blagojevich to go to Colorado prison.

A federal judge in Chicago has agreed to delay the start of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison term.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Tuesday agreed to allow Blagojevich to report to prison on March 15.

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Missouri Unemployment Rate
5:55 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Mo. unemployment rate falls, but state loses jobs

(via Flickr/KellyB.)

Missouri lost 3,300 jobs in November but the state's jobless rate still dropped.

The Department of Economic Development reported Friday evening that the state's unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a point to 8.2 percent last month.

The decline in nonfarm employments comes after the state reported that it added about 1,100 jobs in October. However, the state reported a net loss of 4,000 nonfarm jobs in September.

Joplin Tornado
11:37 am
Wed June 8, 2011

EPA: Tests show air in Joplin OK, waste site for debris opened

Debris litters the landscape of Joplin, Mo. following a tornado that swept through the area on May 22. The EPA has opened a waste site for debris.
(via Flickr/Meagan)

The Environmental Protection Agency says air tests in Joplin don't indicate health concerns from asbestos.

The EPA's regional office says it will continue to monitor air in Joplin as the town recovers from the May 22 tornado that ripped apart about a third of the southwest Missouri community.

The agency said its plan includes sampling the air at various locations in and around the tornado's impact zone. The emphasis is on monitoring for asbestos and particulate matter.

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