Does Anheuser-Busch support controversial "stand your ground" laws? That's a question Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, is asking this week in advance of planned Senate hearings on these gun laws recently thrust into the spotlight with the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who sho ... More >>
Last week, in his State of the City address, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks unveiled a plan for economic growth in his city that involves extended hours for local nightclubs. "Entertainment is a tourist attraction, entertainment helps to bring commerce, we need something to drive some dollars ... More >>
Though top Republicans in Missouri are devoting a lot of time and money to protect the privacy of gun owners, a new report says that officials in the state have a much bigger problem they need to address: really high rates of gun violence supported by very weak laws. The Center for American Progre ... More >>
The homicide rate per capita in East St. Louis, Illinois, is about eighteen times the national average -- which U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says is a problem that cries for a solution. And tighter gun control, he says, is part of the answer. The Illinois Democrat brought his fight for legislation r ... More >>
U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Roy Blunt, a Republican, don't usually agree on much of anything -- but they can come together for Stan the Man. And thus the rare press release yesterday quoting both Missouri senators, who are championing the unanimous passage this week in the U.S. ... More >>
The death of Stan Musial is one of those rare occasions that prompts elected officials from across the state to send out press releases with virtually the same message -- one of praise and gratitude for the late Cardinal and Missouri icon. The latest incarnation of press-releases-honoring-Musial is ... More >>
This is an easy one. Lawmakers are now proposing that the Mississippi River bridge be named after the late, great Stan Musial, because, well, duh. "It's obvious," says Senator John Lamping, a Republican who introduced the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge bill, full version on view below. "He strikes ... More >>
Mayor Alvin Parks is finding himself more and more isolated these days in his quest to maintain the status quo in East St. Louis. Last week the City Council voted 3-2 to rein in late-night liquor sales that law enforcement believes contribute to violence in the cash-strapped and crime-ridden city. T ... More >>
Saturday Night Live poked some fun at East St. Louis with a political skit this past weekend that had Keenan Thompson (Good Burger, FTW), in character as ESL mayor Alvin Parks, proclaim his city to be a "hell hole." The real life Parks was reportedly not amused by the characterization.And then today ... More >>
East St. Louis native and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin last month urged Mayor Alvin Parks to end the city's late-night liquor sales in the hopes that it would cut down on violent crime. As he had done in the past, Parks rejected the notion. But after two separate shootings long after midnight thi ... More >>
The public policy magazine National Journal released its annual rankings reflecting the most liberal- and conservative-voting politicians last Friday, and two Missouri lawmakers earned slots that make for interesting discussion. Rep. William Lacy Clay, who represents parts of St. Louis and north S ... More >>
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Il) had some pointed and very public advice for East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks yesterday: Cut off the late-night package liquor sales and shut down the clubs at 1 a.m. and your crime rate will drop. Parks decided to not even take it under advisement, noting that those clu ... More >>
Screenshot viaSince last Thursday, the confirmed cases of E. coli in the St. Louis area have increased from 16 to 30. Investigators still haven't found the source of the contamination. Four cases of E. coli have been reported in Boone County, Missouri, and aren't thought to be related to the ... More >>
Claire McCaskill: Not too pumped about gas prices.With Memorial Day around the corner and gas prices flirting with the $4-a-gallon mark, Sen. Claire McCaskill and three colleagues yesterday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling on him to investigate potenti ... More >>
www.whitehouse.govThis afternoon in Chicago, Illinois heavyweights and railway folks are going to announce a second round of funding for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and the Windy City.Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill) and Illinois governor Pat Quinn will announce the new infusion of cash on ... More >>
Image viaLegislation to overhaul the nation's oversight of food safety passed the Senate this morning by a vote of 73 to 25. The bill greatly increases the FDA's authority over food producers.Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) voted in favor of the bill; retiring Senator Kit Bond (R) abstained ... More >>
Image ViaLady Gaga at Monday's rally.Missouri Senator Kit Bond joined his Republican colleagues and three Democrats yesterday in defeating a defense spending bill that would repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy allowing gays to openly serve in the armed forces. (Sen. Claire McCask ... More >>
Oh Lolli Lolli, which opened in August.This week, Gut Check was chock-full of local restaurant news. Ian posted a rundown of August's restaurant openings and closings, and we also reported on scheduled openings of Lester's Tavern and a new Wasabi location. Then we checked out the revamped ... More >>
image viaDurbin: Slave to Monsanto?A hysterical rumor has been making its way through the Internet over the past few months alleging that Senate Bill 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is a threat to small farmers and gardeners who like to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Worse, ... More >>
Image ViaIn the '80s, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin thought he was leading the charge in the war on drugs. He advocated significantly stiffer sentences for possession of crack than for powder cocaine -- to the point that, to this day, it still takes 100 times as much powdered booger sugar to trigg ... More >>
Tina Richards' son returned, suicidal, from Iraq battlefields. Now, the Missouri woman is waging her own war in Congress.
Week of December 21, 2006
Tim Hogan is fighting to get his family out of a bureaucratic no-man's land
Unreal witnesses debate history (well, from a tent outside), learns guerrilla postering tactics and asks the tough questions about adult diapers; plus, this is the month to celebrate two of our most favorite things!
Missouri's junior senator says he is a pro-consumer health-care reformist. But the insurance companies, HMOs and big business, which give him millions, think he's on their side.
As gun makers stockpile money for a PR and marketing battle to convince still more citizens to take up arms, besieged cities such as St. Louis aren't taking it lying down. They're returning fire with lawsuits.