Dick Durbin

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    August 8, 2013

    Stand Your Ground: Dick Durbin Pressures Anheuser-Busch, Corporate Backers of ALEC

    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 >>

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    June 25, 2013

    East St. Louis Entertainment District? Illinois Officials Urge Against 24-Hour Nightclubs

    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 >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Gun Violence: Missouri One of Worst States With High Crime Rates, Weak Laws (REPORT)

    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 >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Gun Control: Dick Durbin Wants to Lower East St. Louis Homicide Rate, 18 Times U.S. Average

    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 >>

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    March 13, 2013

    "Stan Span" Plan Nearly Law: Musial Bridge Tribute Gets Unanimous Support in U.S. Senate

    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 >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Stan Musial Bridge: Governor Jay Nixon Pressures Pat Quinn With Press Release

    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 >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Stan Musial Bridge: Momentum Builds to Name Missouri-Illinois Connection After Late Cardinal

    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 >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    June 20, 2012

    ESL Mayor Accused of "Slick Political Moves" in Battle Over Liquor Sales

    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 >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Hell Hole vs. Murder City: Adjectives for East St. Louis Just Get Worse

    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 >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Mayor Alvin Parks Rethinks ESL's Late-Night Liquor Sales in Wake of Shootings

    ​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 >>

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    February 27, 2012

    William Lacy Clay Shares "Most Liberal" Ranking

    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 >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Sen. Dick Durbin Gives Mayor Alvin Parks an Ultimatum, Parks Shrugs

    ​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 >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Confirmed E. Coli Cases Increase; Other Outbreaks Reported

    Screenshot via​Since 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 >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Claire McCaskill Asks FTC Chair to Watch for Gas Gouging

    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 >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Construction on High-Speed Rail Between St. Louis and Chicago Continues​This 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 >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Food Safety Bill Passes Senate

    Image via​Legislation 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 >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Lady Gaga Can't Save "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    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 >>

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    September 3, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    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 >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Dick Durbin and Monsanto: An Unholy Alliance That Will Put an End to Agricultural Freedom?

    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 >>

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    November 23, 2009

    The Justice System is On Crack

    Image Via​In 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 >>

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    August 8, 2007

    The Few, The Proud, The Shattered

    Tina Richards' son returned, suicidal, from Iraq battlefields. Now, the Missouri woman is waging her own war in Congress.

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    July 13, 2007

    Small Plates: Friday, 7/13 Edmonds is excited. Post-Dispatch columnist Deb Peterson has more details on Fifteen, the steakhouse-lounge that Jim Edmonds and partner Mark Winfield are opening at 1900 Locust Avenue. On this thread at the Urban St. Louis message board, a poster named "fifteen," claiming t ... More >>

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    December 20, 2006

    Unreal News Challenge 2006

    Week of December 21, 2006

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    November 3, 2004

    Paradise Lost

    Tim Hogan is fighting to get his family out of a bureaucratic no-man's land

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    October 13, 2004


    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!

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    August 23, 2000

    Will the Real John Ashcroft Please Stand Up?

    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.

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    March 31, 1999

    Shooting Back

    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.

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    December 30, 1998