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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetos House Bill 116, as union officials and legislators look on in St. Louis on June 4, 2015. Nixon says if the legislation passes it would lower wages, squeeze middle-class families, and subject businesses to criminal and unlimited civil liability.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Governor Nixon Vetoes Right-to-Work Bill

Governor Nixon has struck down legislation that would make Missouri a Right-to-Work state.

06/04/2015

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Illinois Justices Overturn State’s Landmark 2013 Pension Law

Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation’s worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit.

05/08/2015

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Bill to Extend Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

The red tape holding up an actual, legal, medical marijuana transaction in Illinois should not count against people who need the drug, according to a bill in the General Assembly.

04/23/2015

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Missouri Falls Short of National Average When it Comes to Pay Equality

Women make 71 cents to every $1 men make in Missouri. The national average is 78 cents to the dollar, according to Doyle.

03/16/2015

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Legislation Filed to Prohibit Sale of Bonds for St. Louis Stadium

Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, filed legislation Thursday to block the sale or refinancing of bonds by Gov. Jay Nixon to fund a new NFL stadium.

02/18/2015

Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL) makes his comments at the Jefferson Jackson dinner in St. Louis on June 7, 2014. The Jefferson Jackson dinner is a yearly gathering of the state's democratic party. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Durbin Says He’s Against ‘Right to Work’ Laws and Doesn’t Want Them in Illinois

Durbin says if the result of a right-to-work law is reducing pay and preventing employees from collectively bargaining over workplace conditions, the idea “doesn’t do workers any favors.”

02/09/2015

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 4: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Rauner Says His Agenda Will Make Illinois More Competitive

“We must avoid slipping further behind other states in the quality of our children’s education, the capacity of our economy to grow, and our ability to care for our state’s most vulnerable,” Rauner told members of the General Assembly.”

02/04/2015

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New Bill Would Make ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Ill. Children Illegal

The legislation would make it illegal for mental health specialists to try to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 in Illinois.

01/21/2015

A gambler prepares to put her money in a slot machine. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ill. Gov. Rauner Wants to Take Closer Look at Gaming Industry

Rauner says he doesn’t like to gamble, but he also recognizes the state is losing money to casinos in neighboring states.

01/20/2015

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon prespares to have Thanksgiving dinner with National Guard troops on guard in Ferguson,Missouri on November 27, 2014. The 2000 troops have been called up to protect key locations in the St. Louis and Ferguson area due to the riots, looting and burning as a result of the Michael Brown grand jury ruling.      UPI/Handout

Gov. Nixon Calling Special Session Over Ferguson Funding

Governor will ask the General Assembly to provide funding for public safety efforts related to the protests in Ferguson.

11/28/2014

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