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

  New Ill. laws in effect Jan. 1

  Early voting begins in Kentucky

  County clerk discusses early voting turnout in Jackson County, Ill.

  Fair Tax proposed in Illinois

  Carbondale mayor reacts to Governor Pritzker’s visit

  Illinois mail in voting adds another option on how to cast your ballot

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Ky. House passes $23 billion spending plan

  Tenn. governor confirms case of Coronavirus

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

Eric Schmitt announces Mo. Attorney General Campaign

  Perryville, Mo. leaders are being proactive on panhandling before it becomes a problem

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

  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.

Gov. Bevin, Gov.-elect Beshear both attend to light Capitol Tree in Frankfort

Governor Matt Bevin and Governor-Elect Andy Beshear came together to light the Capitol’s Christmas tree Saturday night.

Optometrist, winery owner announces bid for Ill. State Rep. seat in 115th District

Dr. Paul Jacobs announced his candidacy for Illinois State Representative in the 115th District.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax sues CBS for $400 million

“This defamation suit arises from intentionally fabricated, false, and politically motivated statements made by Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson," the lawsuit says.

Mo. Treasurer to hold Unclaimed Property Auction

Kentucky to announce law enforcement education initiative

Trial over new Missouri voter photo ID law begins

  Juden, state officials react to final DPS audit

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

Cape Girardeau County businessman appointed to Southeast Mo. State University board

Daylight saving time may become permanent in Kentucky if lawmakers have their way

Year-round DST means Kentuckians would see an extra hour of darkness in the morning and an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

  Ill. Governor celebrates approval of gaming expansion, cigarette and online taxes

The approval of the bill authorizes Walker's Bluff to operate a casino.

Near 20-cent fuel tax increase begins July 1 in Ill.

Title fees will also increase.

  Gov. Pritzker signs $45B Rebuild Illinois capital plan

The Rebuild Illinois package consists of four bills.

  More than $44.7B approved for Ill. roads, education, conservation

According to Gov. Pritzker’s office, the funding will go towards projects and grants for transportation, education, state facilities, environment/conservation, broadband deployment, health care and human services and economic and community development.

Lawmaker proposing legislation to crack down on service dog misuse

A new bill pre-filed in Frankfort looks make it illegal for Kentuckians to use their untrained pet as a service dog.

  Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

Pritzker signed a bill that will legalize adult-use cannabis.

Ill. Gov. signs 3 immigrant protection bills

The bills take effect immediately.

  Ill. lawmakers push to bring casino to Walker’s Bluff Resort

Another hurdle was cleared to bring a casino to southern Illinois.

SC governor suspends newly sworn-in mayor of Dillon; city council elects mayor pro-tem

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Wednesday suspending the city of Dillon’s embattled mayor-elect.

  MO Governor signs bill prohibiting abortion past 8 weeks, opposition reacts

Planned Parenthood advocates called the bill one of the nation’s most restrictive

  RESULTS: Ky. primary elections

Several state office races will be on the ballot.

Elder Abuse Task Force could come to IL

Stuart said elder abuse is severely underreported.

Planned Parenthood condemns abortion ban approved by Mo Senate

The organization called the bill dangerous and extreme.

  IL Governor declares May 14 Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day

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

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

The lights will shine throughout the next week.

  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.

Mobile Office Hours available for IL residents to meet Senator Fowler

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

  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.

MO Gov. administration makes effort to comply with audit recommendations

Governor Parsons’ administration is taking steps to comply with audit recommendations after being aware of unlawful withholdings for at least a month.

Kentucky home birth families celebrate midwife law

It will license certified professional midwives in Kentucky, lay out framework for how home births will be transferred to hospitals if needed and provide oversight through an advisory board.

Missouri House, Senate vote to extend coverage for children with disabilities

Expanding therapy options for children with disabilities is gaining support in Jefferson City.

  Legislation would protect minors from internet spying

Lawmakers said the legislation strengthens privacy protections for children

MO Governor, First Lady host inaugural food drive

Anyone who makes a donation on Saturday is welcome to take a special tour of the Governor’s Mansion.

Drug prevention, treatment getting $1.5M in KY from settlement funds

$1.5 million will be transferred to support the nonprofit

KY offering student loan forgiveness to teachers

The goal is to attract top talent, a diverse workforce and teachers with experience.

Mississippi lawmakers file bills to redesign controversial state flag

Mississippi is the last state in the country whose flag still bears the Confederate Battle flag.

  Gov. Pritzker signs bill requiring licenses for gun dealers

Gov. Pritzker singed a new law requiring gun dealers to be certified in Illinois.

MO Attorney General praises protections for domestic violence survivors

The ruling protects the confidentiality of survivors of domestic violence

  J.B. Pritzker sworn in as Illinois governor

J.B. Pritzker will be sworn in as Illinois' 43rd governor on Monday, Jan. 14.

Missouri Auditor, Treasurer swearing in ceremonies Monday

Swearing in ceremonies for two Missouri State office holders are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14 in Jefferson City.

KY lawmaker admits to using marijuana during medical marijuana debate

Thursday, a bipartisan push was made to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

  Cape Girardeau businessman appointed to Southeast MO State University board

He has a long list of experience from various areas of southeast Missouri.

Eric Schmitt sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General

Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General Eric Schmitt was sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 3.

New year brings new laws to IL

Fowler explained that when Jan. 1 253 new laws will be coming to the state.

Incoming Missouri Attorney General Schmitt filling in staff

Missouri's incoming Attorney General Eric Schmitt is tapping a former assistant U.S. attorney to lead criminal litigation in the office

KY voter turnout reaches nearly 50%

According to the Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, statewide voter turnout was about 47.38 percent.

What happened to the ‘I Voted’ stickers?

Voters across the state are feeling naked Tuesday after walking out of their precincts without an ‘I Voted’ sticker. The Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) says it did not budget for the stickers this year.

Missouri voters must decide among 3 medical marijuana plans

Missouri supporters of medical marijuana will have their say in the November election