Heartland Votes

Mayor Pete Buttigieg to campaign in Louisville next week

Pete Buttigieg, also known as "Mayor Pete," will be the latest 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to campaign in Louisville next week.

  Poplar Bluff nail factory helps Mo. capitol recover from tornado

Contest begins for design of “I Voted” sticker in Cape Girardeau County, Mo.

Trump backs Missouri’s Republican governor

  Flags to be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of 9/11

  State Rep. Holly Rehder launches State Senate campaign

  Southern Illinois municipalities differ on decision to sell marijuana in their town

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In D.C., Mayor Fischer meets with Rand Paul, discusses ‘common sense’ gun reform

Gov. Pritzker joins 11 governors to urge federal government to address gun violence

Gov. Parson signs executive order for commencement of Mo. as Model Employer Initiative

Missouri lawmakers take up sales tax break for car trade-ins

Gov. Parson announces special session

  Parson announces re-election campaign for Mo. governor in 2020

The Latest: Missouri Gov. Parson announces bid for full term

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson says he's running to keep his seat.

Missouri GOP Gov. Parson expected to make strong 2020 bid

Missouri's Republican governor, Mike Parson, is expected to announce that he's running for a full term in office

Blunt, other lawmakers visit U.S., Mexico border to assess funding needs

The group toured a number of facilities in the Rio Grande Valley

Governor, St. Louis leaders meet amid gun violence concerns

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is pledging more resources and Missouri State Highway Patrol help to counteract a rash of gun violence and child murders that have shaken St. Louis, but is noncommittal on whether cities can enact their own gun control laws

Nate Thomas sworn in as Ward 3 Cape Girardeau council member

  New Illinois law states drivers can get fined for smoking in car with minors

Gov. Pritzker grants clemency to U.S. veteran deported to Mexico

Illinois Congressman will not seek re-election

Parson told not to use First Amendment to redact information

Court rules against Beshear in dispute over opioid suits

  Mo. Gov. Parson holds news conference on statewide reorganization

The news conference was at 3 p.m. in the State Capitol.

  Nearly $160K in federal funding to go to rural development in southern Ill.

$158,800 in federal funding will help improve public safety and facilities in some southern Illinois communities.

Gov. Pritzker signs bill requiring health insurers to cover donated breast milk

The legislation goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020

  Illinois lawmakers tour flood damage in the Heartland

State Leaders in Illinois said they want to do a better job of responding to disasters like the flooding that plagued Alexander County this year.

Missouri Gov. Parson: No special session for gun violence

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he will not call a special legislative session to address gun violence in St. Louis and Kansas City

Missouri attorney general: Law doesn’t protect LGBTQ people

Missouri's Republican attorney general believes that federal law does not protect LGBTQ people from discrimination

Bevin responds to Bernie Sanders Louisville visit

United States senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders held a rally in Louisville on Sunday afternoon.

Pres. Trump Signs Hawley-Hartzler Bill to support first responders

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that gives FEMA access to more volunteers.

Kentucky governor’s remark stirs spat with ex-GOP challenger

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, running the risk of alienating a large swath of voters he'll need to win a second term

Missouri election official fires back over abortion lawsuit

Missouri's top election official is firing back after abortion-rights advocates sued him for allegedly impeding their work to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote

  Sen. Josh Hawley makes stops in Malden, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Sen. Hawley visited both Malden and Poplar Bluff, to touch base with his constituents.

Arview announces run for Ill. State Representative

Arview is running as a Republican.

  Auditor pushes for armed school resource officer in every Missouri school

Should every school in Missouri have its own armed resource officer?

Bevin not bothered by Democrats’ criticism of Wednesday’s Trump fundraiser

During the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau ham auction Thursday morning, Gov. Matt Bevin talked about President Donald Trump’s visit, saying Wednesday was a good day for the Commonwealth.

Duckworth to have mobile office at Du Quoin State Fair on Sunday

Representatives will be onsite to assist residents with receiving the Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare and other federal benefits.

Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group to hold first meeting

This will provide input on the state’s short, medium and long-term flood recovery priorities and give feedback on the state’s current levee system with suggested changes.

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation creating new workforce development program

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation today creating a new workforce development program.

Ill. State Rep. Dave Severin to run for 3rd term in State House

Illinois State Representative Dave Severin announced that he will seek a third term as in the Illinois House.

U.S. Rep. James Comer to visit Child Development Center in Paducah, Ky.

A child development center in Paducah, Kentucky will be welcoming U.S. Representative James Comer (R-1) as part of a tour to show the need for quality childcare in the state.

Missouri lawmakers urge HUD to Release Disaster Relief Funding

This funding would go to rebuilding houses, businesses and other public infrastructure.

  New Illinois license plate to raise awareness for pediatric cancer

License plate sales will fund pediatric cancer treatment and research at the Cancer Center at Illinois

Kentucky cabinet denies Planned Parenthood abortion license

Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is refusing to give Planned Parenthood a license to operate an abortion clinic at its downtown Louisville location

  Illinois Governor signs Executive Orders

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signs two executive orders aimed at helping first responders.

Paducah Neighborhood Walk with the mayor

The walks are one of the tactics listed in the Strategic Plan regarding neighborhood enhancement projects.

Ferrell appointed to Public Defender Commission

Larry Ferrell of Cape Girardeau, Missouri was appointed to the Public Defender Commission

Kentucky lt. gov. sues governor over staff dismissals

Kentucky's outgoing lieutenant governor has sued Gov. Matt Bevin in an effort to win reinstatement of her two staff members who were dismissed by Bevin's administration

Public vote on new Missouri abortion law faces time crunch

Missouri's top election official says abortion-rights advocates can start collecting signatures for a public vote on a new law restricting abortions

Police search Missouri lawmaker’s land for missing woman

Authorities are searching property owned by Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler for a missing woman.

  New law requires insurance coverage of EpiPens for children, local moms relieved

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two laws expanding insurance coverage for children in need of EpiPens and Illinoisans affected by Lyme Disease.

President Trump to campaign for Bevin in Louisville

The president will headline a re-election campaign fundraiser.

New Ill. legislation allows registered students to take medical marijuana at or before school activities; adds to medical cannabis program

Legislation signed on Friday, August 9 and Monday, August 12 would strengthen Illinois’ medical cannabis program.

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to improve safety and oversight on Illinois railroads

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has passed a measure addressing the lack of federal railroad safety regulations by establishing a mandatory crew size for freight trains on Illinois railroads.

Galloway takes first step to run for Missouri governor

Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has taken a first, official step toward running for governor in next year's election

  Former Illinois governor joins son in walk across state for homelessness

A former governor of the state of Illinois is walking in support of his son to raise awareness for homelessness

LGBTQ history to be taught in Illinois public schools starting next year

The bill states that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory.

  Mo. Gov. Parson concludes Australia trade mission trip

Australia is the Show Me State’s 9th largest international market with over $308 million in exports in 2018.

  Gov. Parson orders flags at half-staff in Mo. in honor of Rep. Roeber

Rep. Roeber passed away unexpectedly on July 30. The flags will be flown at half-staff on the day she is laid to rest.

KY Gov. Bevin signs 4 anti-abortion bills

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will sign four new pro-life bills on Thursday.

Kentucky lawmakers to introduce gun safety legislation

Proposed legislation would included protection orders that could keep guns away from people that a judge deemed unfit to have them.

Twitter locks Sen. Mitch McConnell campaign account

'Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell's campaign account'

SAFE Kits inventory nearly complete in Mo.

This is part of AG Eric Schmitt’s SAFE Kits initiative.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signs new law protecting survivors of domestic violence

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law that is designed to protect survivors of domestic violence on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Southern Ill. senators urge MLB to report foul ball injury data

Senators Dick Durbin and Taymmy Duckworth wrote to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred following repeated incidents of fans being hit by foul balls.

  RESULTS: Aug. 6 special election in Mo.

Some of the ballot issues we’ve highlighted include ones in Cape Girardeau County, Butler County and Dunklin County.

  Portageville votes “yes” to approve funding for a school resource officer

Folks in Portageville may feel some Deja Vu when they head out to vote in the upcoming special election. That's because they will be voting on an issue, they approved last year regarding a student resource officer for Portageville schools.

Photos on social media raise stakes for McConnell supporters, critics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday night asking Mitch McConnell for a response to a photo of his supporters appearing to grope and kiss a cardboard cutout of her.

Pence to visit Kentucky on Thursday

The Vice President is coming to Kentucky this week.

  Voters pass $1 surcharge to all cell phones to help fund 911 services in New Madrid County, Mo.

Voters say yes to srucharged.

Gov. Pritzker signs Medicaid expansion, increased transparency in Illinois

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signs Medicaid expansion, elimination of application backlogs and increased transparency in the state of Illinois on Monday, Aug. 5.

Beshear cites his faith in debut ad of fall campaign

In his debut ad of Kentucky's general-election campaign for governor, Democrat Andy Beshear stresses his faith and vows to treat people with "dignity and respect."

Sen. McConnell fractures shoulder after fall at home

According to a news release, McConnell fell at his home on the patio and suffered a fractured shoulder.

  Candidates take to the stage in Fancy Farm, Ky.

Politicians and political candidates took the stage to speak to the crowd.

  Gov. signs bill, April is Sikh Awarness & Appreciation month in Illinois

April will be Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in the state of Illinois

McConnell fires back at ‘Moscow Mitch’ attacks by Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has fired back at Democrats tagging him with the "Moscow Mitch" nickname as he tries to deflect attacks for his handling of election security legislation

  Law enforcement officers honored in Dexter, Mo.

Law enforcement officers from Stoddard County, Dexter, and Missouri State Highway Patrol attended the event.

Ill. Governor signs Property Tax Relief Task Force into law

The task force, members appointed by the governor along with four legislators, will analyze the what drives property taxes across Illinois

Parson appoints 2 new members to Missouri conservation panel

Half of the members of the Missouri Conservation Commission will be new the next time the panel meets

Bevin-Beshear grudge match set for Fancy Farm picnic

It's a showdown that's been boiling for years _ Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear competing in the cauldron of Kentucky's foremost political event