Rauner Optimistic About Reaching Budget DealAgreement has been elusive during the more than 10 months the Republican governor has faced off with Democrats who control the Legislature.
Missouri Senate OKs Fuel Tax Hike to Pay for Roads, BridgesThe bill now awaits action in the House, and it would also require voter approval.
Late-Payment Penalties Cost Illinois Over $900M in 6 YearsOfficials from the governor's office said in February that they'd be willing to explore the idea of borrowing money to reduce the bill backlog if the Legislature passed a balanced budget.
Recommendations Made to Shrink Illinois GovernmentsConsolidating local governments won’t be done in one large piece of legislation, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Task Force Puts Finishing Touches on RecommendationsThe final report of the task force will offer 27 recommendations on cutting down Illinois' approximately 7,000 units of local government, but also includes proposals to change prevailing wage laws.
St. Louisans Spending Big Bucks Keeping Dozens of City Halls OpenReport: 37 municipalities are spending more on administration -- keeping the lights on -- than on services like public safety, parks, etc.
FBI: St. Louis a Top Human Trafficking City in the U.S.Areas along Interstate 70 and 44 that have a high level of transportation see a larger prevalence of trafficking.
Illinois Treasurer To Auction Off Vintage Baseball Cards, Gold BarThe five-day online auction begins Monday.
Ferguson Names 3 Finalists For City Manager PostFerguson's interim city manager, Ed Beasley, declined to be considered for the permanent job.
Eminent Domain Imminent for NGA SitePaul McKee among property owners facing eminent domain procedures.
Statehouse Sex Scandals Carry Public Costs and ConsequencesIt's as if politicians have forgotten the lessons of former President Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 — but ultimately remained in office — after being accused of lying about his sexual relationship with a White House intern.
Temporary Budget, Likely Doomed, Goes to Illinois GovernorIllinois lawmakers sent a stop-gap budget plan Wednesday to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who will likely dismiss the one piece to emerge from a flurry of Capitol activity, which did little to move the state toward a yearlong spending agreement.

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