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File photo of prescription pill bottles. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Approve Program for Prescription Drug Locks

Illinois lawmakers have approved a pilot program that would place locking devices on some pharmacy painkiller prescriptions.

06/16/2015

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)

Gov. Rauner: Ill. Government Shutdown Will Not Happen

Rauner says the budget lawmakers passed is short by four billion dollars.

06/15/2015

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

Bishops Warn Illinois is Enslaved by Passion for Gambling

Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have told state lawmakers they shouldn’t turn to gambling as a revenue fix for the state’s troubled budget.

06/03/2015

A participant holds a rainbow flag during the gay and lesbian pride parade. (Photo by AFP/Getty/PEDRO ARMESTRE)

Illinois May Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Gays Under 18

Opposing lawmakers say this kind of treatment should remain a choice for those who want it. Supporters say it will remain a choice for those over 18, but minors should be protected from it because it is harmful.

06/03/2015

Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photo: Getty Images,  Jordan McAlister

Missouri Legislature Passes $26 Billion Spending Plan

Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant.

04/23/2015

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear body cameras during a rally August 30, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.  (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Bill Could Keep Body Camera Footage Private

A bill approved in the Missouri House would allow video captured through body cameras to remain private despite filing a Sunshine Law request.

04/23/2015

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Mo. Legislation Tables ‘Granny Cam’ Bill

Illinois lawmakers move forward with their “Granny Cam” bill for nursing homes, legislation in Missouri seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

04/20/2015

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Missouri Lawmakers Struggle to Find Transportation Funding

Some Missouri lawmakers are rallying around a proposal to raise the gas tax by 2 cents to help forestall a transportation funding shortfall.

04/14/2015

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon listens to residents and faith and community leaders as they discuss unrest in the town of Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown during a forum held at Christ the King UCC Church on Aug. 14, 2014 in Florissant, Mo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Missouri Governor Blocks Limits for Former Superintendents

Nixon made his first veto of the session Friday, refusing to sign a measure he said unfairly penalizes experienced school administrators who want to continue their involvement in a school district.

04/03/2015

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Missouri House Initially OKs Pledge of Allegiance in English

A Republican lawmaker said a measure to require Missouri public schools recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English is needed because that’s the official language of the state.

04/01/2015

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