Budget Tensions Rise in Jefferson CityMissouri's Senate is expected to take up its version of the state's budget this week after a closed-door meeting late last week by the governor with legislative leaders and budget chairs.
More Cuts Needed in Rauner's Budget PlanDemocrats controlling the Legislature have stalemated with Rauner for two years over tackling a $5 billion deficit and $13 billion in past-due bills.
Rauner Opposes Stopgap Spending PlanIllinois House Democrats are working on a proposal to fund social service agencies and higher education running desperately short on money due to the ongoing budget impasse.
Missouri House Advances Plan for $242M in Extra SpendingAbout $45 million would come from state general revenue, with the rest coming from federal and other funds.
Illinois AG to Appeal Denial of Request to Halt Worker PayAttorney General Lisa Madigan said she will appeal the judge's ruling, noting the state's constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending.
Greitens to Focus on Job Growth During State of the StateGreitens after just a week in office took action Monday to cut spending he said was necessary to balance the budget. He announced about $146 million in spending cuts.
Greitens Remains Opposed to Funding St. Louis Soccer StadiumSenior adviser Austin Chambers said Greitens met Wednesday in Jefferson City with members of the group SC STL.
Winter Classic Could Generate More Than $18M for St. LouisIt hasn't even happened yet, but the Winter Classic featuring the Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium is already being called a Big Win for the St. Louis region.
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.
Gov. Nixon Urges Voters to Cap Campaign ContributionsThe last time the issue was on the ballot, 70 percent of Missourians supported limiting campaign contributions.
SIU-Carbondale Reports 7.5 Percent Drop in Fall EnrollmentColwell said the goal for fall 2017 is to stem the drop in enrollment and increase the freshman class by 10 percent.
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.'