U.S. No Longer a 'Full Democracy' According to EIUThe Economist Intelligence Unit released its democracy index, and the United States are no longer a "full democracy."
Rauner Says 'Don't Give Up' on Day Senate Tests Budget Plan``It's heartening to see the Senate coming together on a bipartisan basis to acknowledge these changes are needed,'' Rauner said, then, going off script, ``Please don't give up. Please keep working. The people of Illinois need you to succeed.''
Greitens Focuses on Job Growth During State of the State``The people have sent us a message: We must do everything in our power to put people back to work in good, high-paying jobs,'' Greitens says.
Missouri's New Governor Temporarily Freezes New RegulationsAny proposed new regulations must now first get approval from his office. The order also calls for a review of current regulations.
Countdown to Trump: Rebuilding the Nation's 'Urban Core'Two local leaders working daily to improve the lives of inner-city residents in St. Louis are already compiling a wish list for improvements they hope to see under the Donald Trump administration.
New Bill Attacks Corrupt Government LeadersSt. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says it's time to get tougher on government officials who abuse the public's trust.
Missouri Family Court, DOJ Reach Deal Over Racial InequitiesThe agreement made public Wednesday requires the St. Louis County family court to double the number of defense attorneys available to represent indigent youth and to ensure defense lawyers are timely appointed and undergo training.
Illinois Woman Loses Out on $50K Lottery Ticket in Drug CasePolice found the lottery ticket while raiding a Decatur home where Lofton lived with her boyfriend, Terrance Norwood.
US Government Won't Reclassify Marijuana, Allows ResearchThe DEA said the agency opted not to reclassify marijuana after a lengthy review and consultation with the Health and Human Services Department.
Follow Political Spending in Illinois Through OpenBookIt's been called a 'true portal of transparency for state government, where every dollar donated to a campaign is recorded.'
Elected St. Louis Public School Board Given Second ChanceThe school system will again be governed by an elected board, not state appointed, as it has been for the last nine years.
Missouri Won't Immediately Halt Planned Parenthood FundingPlanned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it.

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