Heartland Votes

Trial over new Missouri voter photo ID law begins

A trial over whether election officials are doing enough to help voters navigate Missouri's new voter photo identification law has begun

  Illinois Governor signs Executive Orders

Paducah Neighborhood Walk with the mayor

Ferrell appointed to Public Defender Commission

  Sen. McConnell shoulder surgery a success

Kentucky lt. gov. sues governor over staff dismissals

Public vote on new Missouri abortion law faces time crunch

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Police search Missouri lawmaker’s land for missing woman

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

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Members of Elder Abuse Task Force in Ill. announced

Galloway takes first step to run for Missouri governor

  Former Illinois governor joins son in walk across state 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

Twitter locks Sen. Mitch McConnell campaign account

President Trump visits Dayton following mass shooting

SAFE Kits inventory nearly complete in Mo.

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

  RESULTS: Aug. 6 special election in Mo.

  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.

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.

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."

  Senator Rand Paul has part of lung removed in surgery

Senator Paul said he suffered lung damage during a 2017 assault.

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.

  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

New Illinois law would give more access to federal aid

A new law in Illinois seeks to increase FAFSA completion in high schools.

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

  Juden, state officials react to final DPS audit

The report was released Wednesday morning, July 31.

Mo. lawmakers send letter to FEMA about flood assistance policy

A group of lawmakers from Missouri have sent a letter to FEMA regarding flood assistance on behalf of residents.

  New law aims to decrease gender wage gap in Illinois

The law makes it so employers can't ask applicants how much money they've made at past jobs

Illinois Gov. extends Film Tax Credit to help state’s film industry

Illinois film production has totaled more than $263 million and supported 15,970 jobs in 2018.

  Illinois criminal sexual assault laws to change statute of limitations

Big changes to criminal sexual assault laws in Illinois means a step in the right direction for one local women’s shelter.

Marathon, Speedway settle Kentucky lawsuit over pricing

Marathon Petroleum Co. and Speedway have agreed to pay more than $22 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Kentucky attorney general's office in 2007 over alleged gasoline price gouging

Durbin, other lawmakers introduce legislation to ban death penalty

The death penalty is outlawed in 21 states, including Illinois, Vermont, and New Jersey.

New Ill. law bans employers from asking job applicants about salary history

House Bill 834 takes effect in 60 days.

Kentucky Democrats: ‘Just say Nyet to Moscow Mitch’

Democrats in Mitch McConnell's home state are pitching "Moscow Mitch" shirts as they capitalize on a bitter dispute involving the Kentucky senator over election security legislation

New law makes it easier for Illinoisans in criminal justice system to get jobs in health care industry

Senate Bill 1965 takes effect immediately.

New law allows for hunting classes in Ill. schools

A new law sets its sights on teaching kids how to hunt in the great outdoors.

Missouri lawmaker dies 4 months after vehicle crash

A Missouri lawmaker who was injured in a vehicle crash earlier this year has died while on a vacation with her family that had been intended to celebrate her recovery

Gov. Pritzker signs coal ash pollution prevention act

Senate Bill 9 takes effect immediately.

Ill. Governor signs legislation to strengthen Scott’s Law

The new legislation will take effect on January 1, 2020.

Mo. auditor asks Gov. Parson for help getting Missourians their 2018 state tax refunds

Some Misouri residents still have not received their state tax refunds.

  Bost bill would make Cahokia Mounds a national park

Cahokia Mounds is a 2,200 acre state historic site made up of more than 70 mounds.

Sen. Mitch McConnell to speak at Fancy Farm Picnic

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attend Fancy Farm, the traditional start of the general-election campaign season

Lawmakers re-introduce legislation to improve school bus safety

The legislation would implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board making sure there are seat belts at every seat and buses are equipped with stability control and automatic braking systems.

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois receives $673K from FAA

A Marion, Illinois airport has received thousands of dollars to reimburse the recently completed new airline terminal project.

  Special prosecutor to not seek charges following complaint filed involving Stoddard Co. municipal elections

The Missouri Secretary of State Voting and Elections Office recieved the formal complaint on April 15.

  City of Cape Girardeau votes yes on renewal of Capital Improvements Sales Tax

Missouri elections are just under two weeks away and in Cape Girardeau there is just one initiative on the ballot.

  Bost introduces legislation to repair Len Small Levee

During the most recent flooding, several barges and tows were sucked inland at the Len Small Levee breach site.

  Ill. Governor signs laws protecting immigrant youth

House Bill 836, makes sure children are able to have short-term guardians if their parent is detained or deported by ICE.

Herman rides Trump’s putting advice to victory in Kentucky

Jim Herman rode President Donald Trump's putting advice to victory in the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship

Mo. Lt. Gov. visits Stars and Stripes museum, Oran Sesquicentennial

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe visited the southeast part of the state on Friday and Saturday.

House panel advances Bevin-backed pension bill

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief proposal has cleared its first hurdle, winning approval from a legislative committee during the second day of a special session

Lobbyist spending on Missouri lawmakers drops 94% after cap

Lobbyist spending in Missouri has dropped by 94% since voters approved a $5 cap on lawmaker gifts last year

  Pritzker signs more than 2 dozen Illinois bills into law

One bill creates a “SNAP Restaurant Meals Program”

  Southern Ill. government members figuring out weed regulations

New legal marijuana laws from the state of Illinois are getting figured out at the local level.

  Juden defends tenure in DPS draft audits

Drew Juden now finds himself at the center of an upcoming state audit he calls a targeted attack on his reputation.

Bevin issues call for special legislative session

Gov. Matt Bevin has formally set the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Friday

Gov. signs executive order to establish Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group

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: Illinois to refuse to implement gag rule on women’s health

Nearly 773,000 women of reproductive age are in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies.

Missouri audit cites Parson for travel to shows, sports game

Missouri's Democratic state auditor says Republican Gov. Mike Parson was reimbursed for unnecessary travel when he previously served as lieutenant governor

  Mo. Lt. Governor’s Office given “fair” rating in audit

The audit covered the time period of Jan. 9, 2017 to June 1, 2018.

Another military veteran joins Kentucky US Senate race

A Democrat with a broad resume as a Marine officer, farmer and small-town newspaperman has ventured into a high-stakes Senate race in Kentucky

Ky. gov. recognizes WWII sailor recently identified

There were 429 deaths, including Fireman 1st Class Johnson.

Kentucky governor: Trump ‘absolutely not’ a racist

Kentucky's governor says President Donald Trump is not a racist, but he sidestepped questions about the president's recent tweet that said four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries from which they came.

Military pay to be discussed in committee

Pay for U.S. troops is among the topics to be hashed out in conference committee.

Bayer announces expansion; 500 new jobs to St. Louis area

Bayer is expected to bring new, high-paying jobs to the area.

New legislation to protect victims of sex trafficking to become law in Mo.

The bill will protect underage victims of sex trafficking.

Kentucky lawmakers called into special session for pension relief bill

In May, Gov. Matt Bevin said he wouldn't call a special session unless the votes needed to pass legislation to give immediate relief and provide long-term options were available.

Bevin: Special session on pensions to start Friday

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has called a special legislative session that will start on Friday in an effort to offer pension relief for regional universities and dozens of quasi-governmental agencies

  Sen. Duckworth in southern Illinois to talk flooding, housing issues

Duckworth visited southern Illinois on Saturday, July 13 to talk to the mayor of Cairo and also held a roundtable to discuss ongoing flooding issues

Sen. Duckworth hosts town hall at SIU

Duckworth highlighted priorities like improving infrastructure in Illinois

Missouri governor blocks repeal of motorcycle helmet law

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has vetoed a bill that would have allowed some motorcycle riders to drive without helmets