Kentucky Senate backs bill requiring schools to reopen

Judge blocks laws in showdown between governor, lawmakers

Mo. lawmaker pitches constitutional rules for transgender student athletes

Abortion bill, SB6, approved in state House

Gov. Parson releases remaining $280.7M in FY21 restricted funds

  Sen. Hawley wants billion-dollar businesses to pay $15 minimum wage

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  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Mo. House approves bill on private property protections for family farms

  Sen. Hawley to introduce blue-collar pay raise bill

  Missouri House tries again with voter photo ID law

Kentucky Senate votes to make to-go alcohol sales permanent

  Gov. Pritzker signs controversial justice reform bill

Mo. bill aims to change policies on how law enforcement investigates officer-involved deaths

Representative Shamed Dogan says House Bill 461 would require law enforcement agencies to have written investigation policies for officer-involved deaths and have an independent agency conduct the investigation.

Judge finds Missouri’s public defender waiting list unconstitutional; gives legislature four months to fix it

In February 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Missouri, Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe filed a lawsuit to end the use of public defender waiting lists, alleging that more than 4,600 people were on the waiting list, and that the list wa

Cape Girardeau Co., Bollinger Co. Circuit Courts to move to Phase 2

The Cape Girardeau County and Bollinger County Circuit Courts will move to Phase 2.

Legislation filed to create ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’ in Mo.

Rush Limbaugh passed away after a battle with lung cancer on February 17 at the age of 70.

Former Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan resigns seat

  Ill. Gov. Pritzker delivers State of the State, budget address

Ky. Lawmakers won’t meet this week due to winter weather

Former Ill. State Senator Paul Schimpf announces run for governor

Gov. Bill Lee delivers State of the State address today

Christian County lawmaker indicted on fraud refuses to resign

  Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

The president’s bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of his long political career.

Missouri House passes ban on enforcement of federal gun laws

The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban local police from enforcing federal gun laws.

Kentucky House passes pension bill aimed at new teachers

The Kentucky House has passed a bill to change retirement benefits for new teachers hired starting next year.

  Proposal to reopen schools for in-person classes fails Senate vote

The proposal would require schools to return students to the classroom after teachers have received a COVID-19 vaccine, if not additional federal relief funding will be withheld.

Missouri lawmaker asked to resign amid stem cell fraud case

A Missouri state lawmaker indicted on federal fraud charges for falsely claiming a treatment she sold contained stem cells that could help with COVID-19 has been asked to resign.

  Sen. Hawley makes proposal to restrict funds to schools not holding in-person classes

Sen. Hawley introduced an amendment to Congress’ proposed budget on Wednesday, February 3 that would restrict federal funds to schools that do not have teachers and students in classrooms.

A virtual Legislature: Ill. lawmakers plan spring work by video

The House has planned just one day of work, on Feb. 10, to convene and adopt rules for the new, two-year session which began last month.

Gov. Parson appoints Limbaugh as assoc. circuit judge for 19th Judicial Circuit

Christopher K. Limbaugh began his career in private practice in his hometown of Cape Girardeau. He then served as the elected prosecuting attorney of Cape Girardeau County.

AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s fuzzy math on 1 million new auto jobs

Casting his climate policy as a jobs plan, President Joe Biden left out important context and used fuzzy math when he announced sweeping new green initiatives that he says will boost the U.S. economy with the creation of 1 million new auto jobs.

Sen. Hawley reintroduces duck boat safety legislation

In July 2018, 17 people died when a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake.

  Gov. Parson says Mo. has history of overcoming tough times in State of the State Address

The governor delivered the State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27.

Will there be relief for private student loan borrowers?

Private student loans represent about 8% of total education debt.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

Throughout his campaign and transition, President Joe Biden promised that his administration would keep issues of equity in the shaping of all policy considerations.

Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

Gov. Pritzker joins bipartisan governors, lieutenant governors to encourage everyone to get vaccinated

Governor JB Pritzker joined bipartisan governors and lieutenant governors to encourage everyone to make a plan for getting vaccinated.

  New vice president’s Heartland sorority sisters react to the inauguration

Vice President Kamala Harris has Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters at SIU.

  Heartland political experts react to Biden’s inauguration day

Political experts agreed Wednesday was a good day for America.

Heartland lawmakers release statements on Biden inauguration

Some Heartland lawmakers released statements on President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

  Security at Ky. Capitol to be increased

There will be an increased presence of Kentucky State Police, Frankfort Police and the Kentucky National Guard at the Ky. Capitol.

Ky. Secretary of State releases election turnout statistics

The Kentucky Secretary of State announced the completion of voter turnout breakdowns for the general and primary elections in 2020.

  Illinois lawmakers pass Criminal Justice Reform Bill

It now sits on Governor Pritzker’s desk to be signed.

Ill. Senate passes criminal justice reform bill

House Bill 3653, formerly HB 163 was passed by the Senate by a vote of 32 to 23 around 4 a.m. during the Lame Duck Session.

200 Illinois guard troops will go to DC to aid inauguration

Gov. Pritzker announced Tuesday that the guard members would travel to Washington in advance of Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.

Illinois Congresswoman releases statement addressing the calls to impeach President Trump

Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller released the following statement to address the calls to impeach President Trump.

  Gov. Parson sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri

Governor Mike Parson was sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri at the 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration on Monday, Jan. 11.

Messages from Trump backers prompt former Missouri GOP head’s resignation

Some callers wanted a military coup and others demanded that the party bus people to protest in Washington.

Top Missouri GOP donor Sam Fox disavows Sen. Josh Hawley

Fox said in a statement Friday to The Kansas City Star that Hawley had “engaged in an act of reckless pandering,” and could forgot about any future help.

Armed protesters gather outside Ky. capitol

Armed protesters gathered Saturday afternoon the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol, just days after the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol building.

Missouri lawmaker skips own inaugural to attend Trump rally

A Republican Missouri lawmaker skipped his own inauguration to attend a rally with President Donald Trump and encourage Congress to reject the Electoral College victory President-elect Joe Biden.

  Former Heartland politicians react to Wednesday riots on Capitol Hill

The Capitol building is typically one of the safest places in the world, but that changed Wednesday.

Mo. Gov. Parson signs executive order amending, terminating 3 past orders to ‘eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy’

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-01 on Thursday, January 7 to amend Executive Order 05-06 and terminate Executive Orders 03-11 and 02-05.

Congresswoman Cori Bush calls for expulsion of members who ‘incited domestic terror attack’

Bush’s office released a statement, saying the Congresswoman was sheltering in place amid violent protests inside the Capitol.

  Gov. Pritzker calls on Congress to impeach and remove Pres. Trump

Illinois Gov. Pritzker has released a statement calling on Congress to impeach and remove President Trump.

  Mo. Gov. Parson held COVID-19 briefing at 3pm

Governor Mike Parson will hold a briefing on Wednesday, January 6.

Missouri lawmakers return to work amid coronavirus pandemic

The roughly five-month annual legislative session begins Wednesday.

  How the Georgia Senate runoff impacts the Heartland

Shaw said first we must move through what is expected to be a chaotic week of politics.

  Protesters gather outside Sen. Hawley’s residence near Washington, D.C.

ShutDownDC called the protest a vigil to demand Hawley to drop his plans to contest the Electoral College certification process.

Senator Lindsey Graham voices concerns about election commission proposal

South Carolina Senator and judiciary committee chairman Lindsey Graham is voicing concerns about Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal to establish an electoral commission.

  New Ill. laws in effect Jan. 1

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield in January.

Sen. Hawley to object during Electoral College certification process on Jan. 6

On Jan. 6, the Electoral College envelopes from each state and the District of Columbia will be opened before the members of Congress.

Missouri Electoral College votes for president, vice president

The meeting of the Missouri Electoral College took place at 2 p.m. at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Monday, Dec. 14.

Kentucky Electoral College cast votes for president, vice president

Kentucky’s eight electors officially cast their vote for president and vice president Monday, December 14.

Illinois Electoral College meets to officially cast votes

The Illinois Electoral College have officially cast their votes for president and vice president on Monday, December 14.

‘Duck Boat Safety Enhancement Act’ passes Senate unanimously

The bi-partisan legislation will improve the safety of duck boats following the 2018 tragedy on Table Rock Lake.

Mo. joins Texas lawsuit to challenge election before Supreme Court

Missouri joined in a lawsuit challenging the election before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sen. McConnell names new personal office chief of staff

Terry Carmack grew up in Marshall County. He attended Murray State University and is a graduate of George Mason University.

6 Ky. counties randomly selected for post-general election audit

Six counties were randomly selected for a post-general election audit.

Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act heads to President’s desk

The design of the coins will represent the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and its mission to promote tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

  Mo. senate special session postponed due to COVID-19 cases

The Missouri Senate will postpone any action related to the special session due to COVID-19.

  Money to support Trump court fight could flow to president

The unusual way the Trump campaign is divvying up the contributions has drawn scrutiny from election watchdogs, who say Trump and his family are poised to financially benefit from the arrangement.

  Mo. lawmakers meet to discuss how to spend CARES Act money

Missouri lawmakers are working in Jefferson City to access more COVID-19 relief money.

Heartland counties still counting some ballots, finalizing the election

Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said more work is just starting for them.

  Newly elected Southern Illinois Senator responds to Governor Pritzker remarks on budget cuts

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made a dire prediction this week, after Illinois voters rejected his proposed graduated state income tax.

Romney: Trump’s election fraud claim wrong, ‘reckless’

Trump, who has complained for weeks about mail-in ballots, escalated his allegations late Thursday, saying at the White House that the ballot-counting process is unfair and corrupt.