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  • Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to debate

    Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to debate

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:28:35 GMT
    Texas Governor Rick Perry challenges New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a debate.
    Texas Governor Rick Perry challenges New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a debate.
  • Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut

    Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:52:36 GMT
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ready to follow through on his criticism of a tax-cut plan passed by the Legislature.
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.
  • Mo. Senate panel scales back tuition restriction

    Mo. Senate panel scales back tuition restriction

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:45:41 GMT
    A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider the final sticking points to conclude its work on the state's operating budget.
    A Missouri Senate committee has scaled back a state budget provision that sought to prohibit public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally.
  • Study: Minority kids hit hardest by Illinois law

    Study: Minority kids hit hardest by Illinois law

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:14:16 GMT
    A group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit...
    A group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory.
  • Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

    Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:04:09 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee has asked Chicago, New York and 13 others to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016.
    President Barack Obama's hometown and Hillary Rodham Clinton's home base as a senator are among the 15 cities the Democratic National Committee is considering to host the party's presidential nominating...
  • Illinois lawmakers want stricter regulations on e-cigs

    Illinois lawmakers want stricter regulations on e-cigs

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:42:29 GMT
    More and more people are turning to e-cigarettes to kick their smoking habits and shop owners are reaping the benefits.But some Illinois senators worry the product is being marketed to the wrong crowd, teens.
    More and more people are turning to e-cigarettes to kick their smoking habits and shop owners are reaping the benefits.But some Illinois senators worry the product is being marketed to the wrong crowd, teens.
  • Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions

    Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:40:14 GMT
    A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.
    A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.
  • Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

    Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:29:49 GMT
    A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.
    A tax-cut bill pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would create a special deduction for thousands of business owners.
  • Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced

    Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:00:11 GMT
    Six of the seven members of the Republican state central committee who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party...
    Six of the seven members of the Republican state central committee who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.
  • Gov. Quinn backs state spending for Obama library

    Gov. Quinn backs state spending for Obama library

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:49:23 GMT
    Gov. Pat Quinn is throwing his support behind a proposal to spend $100 million in state funds to sweeten Chicago's bid for the Obama presidential library and museum.
    Gov. Pat Quinn is throwing his support behind a proposal to spend $100 million in state funds to sweeten Chicago's bid for the Obama presidential library and museum.
  • Quinn: New controls after Medicaid paid for dead

    Quinn: New controls after Medicaid paid for dead

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:32:50 GMT
    Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.
    Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.
  • Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

    Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

    Missouri Republicans have outlined a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.
    Missouri Republicans have outlined a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.
  • Illinois to get flexibility from 'No Child Left Behind'

    Illinois to get flexibility from 'No Child Left Behind'

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:48:48 GMT
    Illinois has won approval from the Department of Education for flexibility from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to improve the quality of education for Illinois’ schoolchildren.
    Illinois has won approval from the Department of Education for flexibility from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to improve the quality of education for Illinois’ schoolchildren.
  • Kentucky officials look for local heroin solutions

    Kentucky officials look for local heroin solutions

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:14:37 GMT
    After a bill aimed at stemming Kentucky's growing heroin problem failed to pass during the state's legislative session, officials say local solutions to the statewide problem are limited but that they are...
    After a bill aimed at stemming Kentucky's growing heroin problem failed to pass during the state's legislative session, officials say local solutions to the statewide problem are limited but that they are pushing...
  • Mo. House votes to expand sales tax exemptions

    Mo. House votes to expand sales tax exemptions

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:07:31 GMT
    Pizza parlors, doughnut stores and other restaurants could get a tax break under legislation passed by the Missouri House.
    Pizza parlors, doughnut stores and other restaurants could get a tax break under legislation passed by the Missouri House.
  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:53:16 GMT
    A proposal to devote $100 million in state construction funds to help land President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library will be the focus of a legislative hearing.
    An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago.
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