Heartland Votes

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

  Senator Hawley announces Emergency Family Relief Plan

Kentucky primary elections postponed from May to June

Agreement reached in Hunter Biden child custody case

Senators push for tax-filing extension

Senators push Trump to use FEMA funds for coronavirus outbreak

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

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  Carbondale implementing sexual harassment training for all city employees

Illinois legislative session canceled

Extra health precautions to be taken at polling places in Jackson Co., Ill.

  Voter turnout low in Cape Girardeau County for Mo. primary

  Significance of Illinois’ primary before March 17

  What you need to know before 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.

Ky. House passes $23 billion spending plan

Instead of a larger, $2,000 raise for teachers, it adds a one percent raise for all public employees from people who work at the capitol.

Bill on immigration policy for children of U.S. servicemembers, civil servants passes Senate

The update would make sure the children, step children and adopted children of military members and civil servants would automatically receive U.S. citizenship.

Sen. Hawley on TikTok: “this is a major security risk for the American people”

Legislation would ban federal employees from using the app on government devices.

Primary candidate filing in Missouri

Sexual orientation, gender identity could be added to Miss. hate crime laws

Joe Biden coming to St. Louis, Mo.

Tennessee, Arkansas could play big role in competitive Super Tuesday

Ill. public heath experts, Gov. Pritzker to discuss state’s plan to combat Coronavirus

  Gov. Pritzker stopped in Carbondale to discuss new DCFS training center

Kentucky Senate advances proposal to limit pardon powers

The proposed constitutional change is a response to a flurry of controversial pardons by the previous governor, Republican Matt Bevin.

  Local watch parties for democratic debate

Local democrats hope to see democratic candidate in office

Mo. House considers legislation to protect the identity of lottery winners

Mosley said the change is needed to give winners the option to stay anonymous.

  Missouri joins multi-state investigation of JUUL Labs

One in four high school students said they use vaping products.

Sen. Durbin discusses coronavirus with health commissioner, wants more federal funds to battle illness

Sen. Durbin met with Chicago Department Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner to discuss the coronavirus in Illinois.

  Ky. Governor announces new terminal and $5M for airport in Paducah

Funding will go toward the project to build a new 30,000 square foot terminal.

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.

  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.

Eric Schmitt announces Mo. Attorney General Campaign

Schmitt was sworn in as the state’s 43rd Attorney General on Jan. 3, 2019.

  Gov. Parson to attend roundtable on health care, addiction in Cape Girardeau

The discussion will be held at Southeast Missouri State University on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Ill. lawmaker files bills to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, polystyrene foam food containers

If both bills are approved, they would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022

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.

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.

Senators introduce bill to disclose federal gun records, tracing data

Supporters believe the bill will help law enforcement to investigate and solve gun crimes, crack down on gun trafficking and negligent gun dealers, and allow researchers to study gun violence and its impact on communities across the country.

More than $11 million awarded for public housing in southern Illinois

Public housing authorities throughout southern Illinois will be receiving $11,398,973 in federal funding.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

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.

  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.

  Results: Cape Girardeau’s Ward 3 council primary election

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

Daughter of boat accident victim slams Missouri bill

A woman whose father was among the 17 people who died after a tourist duck boat sank in a Missouri lake is fighting a bill that would limit when companies can be sued over products that hurt people.

  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.

Ill. State Board of Elections and Department of Corrections work to correct data error

Some Heartland counties were impacted.

Ill. reports nearly $40 million in recreational pot sales for Jan.

January adult-use cannabis sales in Illinois totaled $39,247,840.83.

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

If passed, the tax levy would help with operations.

  Ill. Governor Pritzker delivers State of the State address

Governor JB Pritzker delivered the State of the State address on Wednesday, January 29.

Heartland election dates

The following elections are coming up in the Heartland.

KYTC submits 2020 Highway Plan to lawmakers

The 2020 Recommended Highway Plan is based on revenue forecasts of $6.1 billion in traditional state and federal highway dollars during FY 2021 through FY 2026

Gov. Beshear lays out $24 billion Kentucky budget proposal

"There are finally dollars to start reinvesting in our families,” Beshear said.

  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

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.

  Gov. Pritzker meets with early childhood, education experts in Marion

They will meet to discuss investments in early childhood.

  Heartland history teacher says impeachment trial a big topic in class

The impeachment trial is history in the making, and one history teacher at Cairo High School is making sure his students keep up with it.

Legislation filed in Mo. to fight call ‘spoofing’

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

Ill. bill lowers retirement age to 60 for DHS security employees

The legislation would benefit security employees at DHS facilities, like Chester Mental Health Center.

  Local lawmaker reacts to the State of State address

Governor parson said he has four main priorities this year building stronger communities ,workforce and education , infrastructure and government reform.

  Mo. Governor delivers 2020 State of the State address

Missouri Governor Mike Parson delivered the 2020 State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

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

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

$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.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell delivers remarks on impeachment

McConnell spoke on the Senate floor on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Tax relief extended for Ky. distillers, brewers

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

U.S. Senate passes bill to end rape kit backlog

The Debbie Smith Act of 2019 now heads to the President's desk.

  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.

POW/MIA flag to fly permanently at Kentucky state capitol

No protocols where in place for the flag.

Mo. lawmakers file 2 HIV modernization bills

The two bills, HB 1691 and 1692, were filed by State Representatives Holly Rehder and Tracy McCeery.

Gov. signs ‘Illinois Works’ legislation to increase workforce diversity

The law makes a $25 million investment and works through community-based organizations.

  Andy Beshear publicly sworn in as governor of Ky.

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

Senate leaders ask for input on ways to address climate change

The letters where sent to environmental justice leaders.

  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.

Sen. Duckworth introduces bill for body armor, equipment to fit female service members

According to reports, poorly-fitting PPE is a leading cause of injury for all service members, whether deployed or in training.