Heartland Votes

Blunt recieves update on Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park priorities

Legislation to designate the Historic Park as a unit of National Park Service was signed into law in March 2018.

Gov. Parson declares State of Emergency response to severe weather and ongoing flooding

Missouri Sen. Hawley to introduce bill against data tracking

Governor, attorney general among statewide races in Kentucky

Missouri governor gets most of his agenda

  Bill would give health care to foster kids who move to Missouri

A look at bills passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2019

Continued Coverage

  Mo. Governor says he will sign abortion bill; lawmaker clarifies remarks about ‘consensual rape’

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Missouri AG ends probe of former Gov. Greitens’ use of staff

Ill. lawmaker’s bill protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions passes House

  Time runs out on Mo. drug monitoring bill, supporters still fighting

Pawpaw and hellbender could gain Missouri recognition

Senate votes to relax helmet law, vehicle safety inspections

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would do away with vehicle safety inspections for thousands of Missourians and let adults ride motorcycles without helmets

A look at provisions in Missouri’s anti-abortion legislation

Missouri senators have passed a wide-ranging bill to limit abortion, including a ban on the procedure at eight weeks of pregnancy

Grimes predicts about 12.5% turnout for Kentucky primary

Kentucky's chief election official is projecting about 12.5% of the state's registered voters will turn out for next week's primary election

Elder Abuse Task Force could come to IL

Stuart said elder abuse is severely underreported.

Bill imposes duties on Missouri redistricting demographer

Planned Parenthood condemns abortion ban approved by Mo Senate

Sen. Blunt welcomes court decision on liver distrobution policy

McConnell co-sponsors resolution for ‘National Police Week’

  Gov. Parson: ‘Time to make Missouri the most pro-life state in the country’

  Former deputy clerk takes legal action against Stoddard County, Stoddard County clerk

Ill. lawmaker introduces gun regulation legislation

Under Senate Bill 1139, the legislation would also provide additional aid to members of the military and law enforcement.

  Sen. Hawley delivers first speech on Senate floor

The speech took place at 9:45 a.m. CT in the United States Senate Chamber.

Ky. gov. orders flags at half-staff in honor of soldier killed in Syria

Pfc. Michael Thomason, 28, of Lincoln Park, Michigan died on April 29 after a non-combat incident.

Pro-abortion rights banner flies after near-total ban passes Ala. Senate

A banner supporting abortion flew over Montgomery after a bill banning nearly all abortions in the state passed in the Senate.

Lawmakers vote to make hearing aids more accessible

Hearing aids would be easier to get for poor Missourians under a bill awaiting the governor's signature

‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban to be debated in Missouri Senate

Missouri senators are set to take up one of the nation's most restrictive proposed abortion bans

  Bill would allow food stamps to be used at restaurants in Illinois

If passed, restaurants could choose to accept food stamps

Sen. Blunt calls for passage of disaster relief in wake of flooding

Blunt discussed his recent visits to communities on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on Tuesday, May 14.

Missouri lawmakers vote to expand expungement for crimes

A bill expanding the list of crimes that could be expunged from a person's record has won final approval in the Missouri Legislature

GOP redistricting plan stalls in Missouri after missed vote

A Republican proposal to undo a new constitutional amendment on redistricting has stalled in a Senate committee after not enough Republicans showed up to support it

Sen. Duckworth, Durbin raise concerns over potential deployment of troops to Middle East

The Senator cautioned the Acting Secretary against moving forward with the proposal reportedly proposed to White House officials.

  Gov. Pritzker, lawmakers unveil legislation to strengthen Scott’s Law

In 2019 alone, Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story and Gerald Ellis died in the line of duty.

Three Louisiana officers in presidential motorcade injured in crash

Three motorcycle officers involved with the escort for President Trump’s motorcade were injured in a crash Tuesday, May 14.

  IL Governor declares May 14 Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker declared the memorial day Tuesday morning.

Sen. Hawley sends letter to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to question the company’s “private focused” vision.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

  MO AG files lawsuit against drug manufacturers over generic drug prices

Missouri is among more than 40 states joining a lawsuit alleging 20 drug manufacturers conspired to fix prices on more than 100 generic medications.

Missouri among states suing over generic drug prices

Missouri is among more than 40 states joining a lawsuit alleging that drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer and other conditions

Missouri Legislature heads into final, chaotic week

Missouri lawmakers return to the Statehouse Monday facing a potentially chaotic final week

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

A federal judge has struck down a Kentucky abortion law aimed at banning a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies.

  Voter, lawmaker weigh in on proposed changes to ‘Clean Missouri’

Nearly two thirds of Missouri voters passed Amendment One back in November, but now six months later state lawmakers are pushing through proposals to undo parts of it.

Sen. Duckworth Introduces family-friendly legislation

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has introduced a number of bills making it easier on working families.

IL lawmaker introduces railroad safety legislation

The bill also authorizes the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) the ability to intervene in the enforcement of crew size.

Missouri lawmakers spar over in-state tuition for immigrants

Missouri House Republicans are backing away from a budget compromise that would allow colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to students living in the country illegally

  Police Suicide Prevention bill passes Senate committee

The legislation is focused on addressing the increase of suicides in the law enforcement profession.

Bill targeting wind energy line stalls in Missouri Senate

Legislation that could thwart a large wind-energy power line has stalled in the Missouri Senate

Senators launch bipartisan “Tobacco to 21” campaign

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and others announced a bipartisan campaign to raise the national minimum age to buy tobacco and vaping products.

  Gov. Pritzker visits southern Illinois for celebration of 350-plus jobs

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was in Carbondale and Marion on Wednesday, May 7.

Sen. Hawley to introduce legislation to ban ‘loot-box’ games aimed at children

The legislation is called the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.” This is for games for children under age 18.

  Gov. Parson visits St. Louis to assess flooding

The governor took an aerial tour along the Missouri, Mississippi, and Maramec Rivers.

MO Sec. of State highlights ‘Small Business Week’

Since January 1 nearly 40,000 new businesses have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Tennessee speaker of house calls lewd texts ‘locker room talk’

The chief of staff to Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada resigned Monday night amid reports he sent text messages to solicit interns and lobbyists for sex.

MO Capitol to turn blue in honor of fallen law enforcement officers

The lights will shine throughout the next week.

Kentucky governor debuting his first TV ad of the campaign

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin plays up his close ties with President Donald Trump and boasts about the state's economy in his first TV ad of his reelection campaign

  Parson signs order to ease requirements during flood recovery

Parson signed an executive order on Friday, March 29 to ease requirements during the state’s flood emergency.

  MO Gov. meets with touring WWII veteran

Missouri Gov. is scheduled met with a WWII veteran on a mission to visit with every U.S. governor.

Pence to promote trade accord in Kentucky visit

Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Kentucky to promote the U.S-Mexico-Canada trade accord and attend a Kentucky Derby eve party

Pritzker pleased with Senate passage of Fair Tax

Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement following the Senate passage of the Fair Tax on May 1.

  IL now accepting industrial hemp applications

Both growers and processors can apply as a business or an individual.

IL Senator Duckworth returns to Iraq to show support for soldiers

This wasn’t new territory for Duckworth who served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 23 years.

Missouri House passes new redistricting proposal

The Missouri House has passed a proposal to undo and replace the redistricting process enacted by voters in November

Tennessee gov to weigh bill to punish voter signup missteps

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is to decide the fate of GOP-backed legislation which critics warn could suppress efforts to register minorities and other voters

Duckworth returns to Iraq for 1st time since being shot down

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth has returned to Iraq for the first time since the helicopter she was piloting was shot down in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bevin joins Trump, Pence, speaks at NRA Conference in Indianapolis

Kentucky’s governor expressed pride in The Bluegrass State for passing the constitutional carry bill.

  Sen. Roy Blunt visits Poplar Bluff, MO nail manufacturer approved for tariff exclusion

Mid Continent Steel and Wire, Inc. is the largest U.S. producer of steel nails and said it has been greatly affected by tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Gov. Bevin appears to blame shooting on teacher sickout

Kentucky's Republican governor has appeared to blame a girl's shooting on a school closing caused by teachers who called in sick to rally at the state Capitol

Mobile Office Hours available for IL residents to meet Senator Fowler

Starting Monday, May 6 Senator Fowler will host mobile office hours.

IL lawmakers urged to pass First Responders Suicide Prevention Act

The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) is urging lawmakers to pass the First Responders Suicide Prevention Act.

  Cape Girardeau Capital City Tax would make major improvements if passed

From the airport to city hall, Cape Girardeau leaders have a long list of projects they want to tackle. But first, they'll need voter approval.

Missouri measure would undo voter-enacted redistricting plan

Missouri lawmakers are advancing a proposal that would undo the redistricting process enacted by voters in November

  Parma mayor letting go some city employees; says he ‘wants to start fresh’

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said the complaint featured concerns related to the city’s operations under the mayor.

Monday marks deadline for Kentucky voter registration

Kentucky’s primary is a month away, but Monday, April 22 is the deadline to register to vote in those elections.

Congressman shot by Belleville man to speak in Illinois

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is scheduled to speak later this month at a congressional prayer breakfast in southern Illinois

IL children would have to start Kindergarten at age 5 under proposal

According to Sen. Maj. Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), Senate Bill 2075 was approved by the Illinois Senate on April 11.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

McConnell to propose legislation to raise age to buy smoking products

The Senate Majority Leader said raising the age from 18 to 21 would make it more difficult for teens to get their hands on devices, like e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Missouri House votes to undo law on attorney general’s home

Missouri lawmakers are trying to strip residency requirements for the state's attorney general