Heartland Votes

Sen. committee to hold hearing on 2020 Election preparations

State and local election officials will testify before the committee about the steps they are taking to ensure safe, secure and accessible elections.

Michael Adams: Secretary of State blasts out-of-state critics, demands apology from Hillary Clinton

$50M grants kick off Illinois’ largest-ever broadband expansion

Kentucky Primary voters say #AllEyesOnKentucky message is misguided

Attorney General, Secretary of State warn Ky. voters of election scams asking to cast ballot by email, phone, text

Voting in Graves County for primary election

Kentucky to supply PPE for June 23 election

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Gov. Beshear releases tax returns, calls for transparency

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to expand vote by mail, promote safe voting

Election fraud hotline created to report suspected election violations in Ky.

Former Mo. Gov. Greitens to run for office in 2024

  Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff’s Office gets voter approval for more public safety services

  CHECK RESULTS: Mo. municipal elections

  What to expect during the General Municipal Elections in Mo.

After a two-month delay caused by the pandemic, Missouri voters head to the polls Tuesday for the General Municipal Elections.

Gov. Parson signs proclamation placing Medicaid expansion on August ballot

Governor Mike Parson announced the Medicaid expansion will be placed on a ballot at the August 4 primary election.

Mo. secretary of state certifies petition for Medicaid expansion question to appear on November ballot

A petition regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot in Missouri was certified by the secretary of state.

Last day for Mo. voters to request absentee ballots for June 2 election

The COVID-19 pandemic is the first time Missourians can make their absentee request 100 percent online.

  Delta School District asking voters for storm shelter

  Safety measures to be in place for June 2 election in Mo.

  Mo. county clerks to safeguard polling places for June election

  Perry County, Mo. consolidates polling locations for June 2 election

  Gov. Beshear signs executive order for Kentucky’s June election procedures

Senate bill announced to ban universities with large endowments from relief funds

ACLU, Mo. Voter Protection Coalition file lawsuit seeking absentee mail-in voting

This is in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Record numbers for Ill. “voters by mail” in 2020: What’s the future of voting look like?

The future of voting in elections could change with impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation.

  Illinois elections continued with health safety efforts in mind

Despite concerns about the virus, voters in Illinois were able to exercise their rights in the Illinois Primaries on Tuesday.

AP: Joe Biden wins Illinois Democratic primary

Joe Biden won Illinois’ Democratic presidential primary.

Kentucky primary elections postponed from May to June

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that the state’s primary elections, scheduled for May 19, have been pushed back to June 23.

  Proposed Perry Co., Ill. public safety sales tax on Tuesday’s ballot

As Illinois residents vote on Tuesday, March 17 on various races and issues, Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis said he is desperately in need of additional funding from the proposed public safety sales tax.

  Carbondale implementing sexual harassment training for all city employees

Sexual Harassment training is now mandatory for all Illinois employees.

Illinois legislative session canceled

The Illinois General Assembly has canceled scheduled legislative sessions next week to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19 among large groups.

  Voter turnout low in Cape Girardeau County for Mo. primary

Heartland election officials paid close attention to Tuesday’s contest to get an idea of what it could mean for other elections later in 2020.

  Significance of Illinois’ primary before March 17

While Missouri is an important state in Tuesday’s primary, Illinois is also a significant state in March 17 Democratic primary.

  What you need to know before the Missouri primaries

Preparing for the Missouri Primaries.

Ill. voters offered free rides to polls for the primary election

Some southern Illinois mass transit companies are offering free rides to the polls on March 17.

  Bernie Sanders cancels Kansas City rally for St. Louis

Bernie Sanders canceled a rally in Kansas City and announced one in St. Louis.

Primary candidate filing in Missouri

In Missouri several candidates have already filed for elected positions.

Joe Biden coming to St. Louis, Mo.

Joe Biden is headed to St. Louis.

Senate Bill 8: Beshear to require schools to arm resource officers

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday that he’ll sign Senate Bill 8 into law, meaning schools across the state will be required to arm their resource officers.

  WWII veteran carried to seat at Trump rally in Phoenix

Trump supporters held up Ervin Julian, a 100-year-old World War II veteran, and carried to him to his seat.

  Gov. Pritzker presented 2021 budget address to Ill. lawmakers

Gov. Pritzker gave his second budget address to lawmakers in Springfield, Ill.

  Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich holds press conference after prison release

Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption in 2011.

North Scott County Ambulance District ballot question

The Ambulance district went on to say in the post that they believe this is a fair alternative to the property tax currently in place.

  Top Ky. officials tour new method to battle Asian Carp

The method will use electronic technology.

Illinois could lose congressional seat after 2020 census

he U.S. Census Bureau’s latest numbers show the 15th District’s population dropped to about 691,000 in 2018.

Cape Girardeau Co. candidate filing period begins Feb. 25

The candidate filing period for the Aug. 4, 2020 Primary Election begins at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

  Missouri Governor visits Sikeston business for workforce development

The Sikeston business received the money through Missouri One Start and will utilize it to train employees in IT, production skills and safety.

  Ill. bill would require gas to be pumped by gas station attendant

The bill has been referred to the rules committee.

Audit cites questionable use of state resources in office of former Mo. Attorney General; Hawley files complaint

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a report looking into whether former Attorney General Josh Hawley used state resources for political purposes.

Kentucky Attorney General visits Paducah

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron was the featured speaker.

  Election officials work to keep your votes safe in 2020

Election workers are doing what they can to make sure voters know their ballots are safe when they head to the polls.

  Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson announces run for re-election

The Cape Girardeau County sheriff says she wants to stay in office.

Heartland lawmakers react to President Trump’s State of the Union address

Several Heartland lawmakers have sent reaction following President Trump’s State of the Union address.

  Results: Cape Girardeau’s Ward 3 council primary election

The top two have been chosen to appear on the April ballot.

  Voter security: Public confidence in Heartland’s elections

Election security is top of mind, across the country and here in Illinois.

Missouri Senate pitches yet another redistricting plan

Missouri's Republican-led state Senate is pressing forward with a plan to revamp key parts of a ballot initiative on redistricting that was approved by voters just two years ago.

  Nell Holcomb School District asking for support for Proposition Hawks

If you live in the Nell Holcomb School District, officials hope you’ll be ready to pay a little more.

  Oran Fire Protection Dist. places tax levy question on April ballot for new fire station

If passed, the tax levy would help with operations.

Heartland election dates

The following elections are coming up in the Heartland.

  Political expert anticipates graduated income tax to be focus of Ill. State of the State on Wednesday

The address will take place on January 29

Former Mt. Vernon Councilman Rick Heck dies

The former councilman died earlier this week.

Sen. Hawley requests federal agencies outline decisions on possible travel restrictions for coronavirus

In the letter, Sen. Hawley expressed concerns about the spread of a new strain of coronavirus in China.

Gov. Pritzker signs law capping insulin costs at $100 per month

According to Governor JB Pritzker’s office, diabetes affects approximately 1,300,000 adults in Illinois.

New Illinois law allows eligible students to vote during school day

New legislation was sign by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (D-Ill.) today that allows students to be excused from school for two hours to vote any government election.

Legislation filed in Mo. to fight call ‘spoofing’

House Bill 2175 would add call spoofing to Missouri’s existing no-call list statute.

  Governor Beshear to award nearly $1M for fire station, sexual assault, abuse recovery

The city of Murray will receive $500,000 for a new fire station.

Ky. gun control protesters rally to fight for Second Amendment rights

More than 100 people gathered in Frankfort to demonstrate in favor of strengthening the Second Amendment, fighting gun control.

Ky. bill would ban plastic bags, containers, straws; release of plastic balloons

Bill Request 999 aims to reduce plastic waste in the state.

Beshear: Bevin’s comments on child rape case ‘awful’ and ‘wrong’

Bevin said, "There was zero evidence, zero. Both their hymens were intact."

$5M for rural EMS funding added to year-end funding bill

The SIREN Act was signed into law in 2018 as part of the Farm Bill.

Bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 now goes to Pres. Trump for signature

The products include e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Governor Parson appoints R. Travis Willingham as Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit

Governor Mike Parson (R-Mo.) appointed R. Travis Willingham as Associate Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit.

Tax relief extended for Ky. distillers, brewers

Once approved, the government-funding agreement will be sent to President Donald Trump to sign.

  Mo. lawmaker wants to add fees, gather more signatures for initiative petitions

Missourians are filing dozens of initiative petitions for the upcoming 2020 general election, but a state senator wants to add upfront costs and raise the standards for each proposal to get on the ballot.

Gov. Pritzker writes letter to Pompeo, welcomes refugees to Ill.

The governor’s letter followed an executive order from President Donald Trump aimed at turning refugees away.

Cameron becomes Kentucky’s first African American AG

The 34-year-old becomes the first Republican in 70 years to serve as the state’s top prosecutor.

Elderly prisoners may be eligible for release home with good time credit under new bill

It allows the Bureau of Prisons to release eligible inmates that are 60 years or older.

Ill. lawmakers send letters on climate change to U.N. Convention, President Trump

“Failing to address the worsening crisis of climate change will wreak damages on all Americans..."

  Andy Beshear publicly sworn in as governor of Ky.

A public swearing-in ceremony was held on Tuesday afternoon, December 10.

Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act introduced to the Senate

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced today the inclusion of their bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act in the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan drug pricing and health extenders legislation.

  U.S. Supreme Court denies Ky. abortion clinic’s petition in ultrasound informed consent law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Matt Bevin on Monday, December 9, denying a Louisville abortion clinic's petition of certiorari in the House Bill 2 ultrasound case.