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    May 2, 2014

    Half of Illinois Wants to Leave the State, Missourians Mostly Stay Put: Gallup

    Half of Illinoisans and a third of Missourians want to move to a different state. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans if they want to leave their home state. On average, 33 percent of people said they wanted to leave while 65 percent of people said they'd stay put. Missouri came in just above aver ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Legal Loophole Could Void Illinois Same-Sex Marriages for Missouri Couples

    Ever since Illinois' attorney general told gay couples last week they could apply now for marriage licenses instead of waiting until June 1, things have been a little confusing. Officials are deciding on a county-by-county basis whether their clerk's office is ready to take applications. Sometimes, ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Same-Sex Marriage Comes Early to Illinois

    Madison and St. Clair counties, both just across the river from St. Louis, are allowing same-sex couples to marry three months ahead of schedule.

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    November 26, 2013

    6 Questions (And Answers) About Illinois' New Same-Sex Marriage Law

    Same-sex marriage is officially the law of the land in Illinois. If you're thinking of crossing the river to tie the knot, you probably have questions. Equality Illinois, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, will be hosting Q&A forums throughout December. (See dates below.) Until then, here are six c ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Illinois Makes Same-Sex Marriage Official, Businesses Prepare for Wedding Boom

    Missouri's neighbor Illinois officially became the sixteenth state to approve same-sex marriage on Wednesday, when Governor Pat Quinn signed the historic bill into law. The new rules won't go into effect until June 1, giving gay couples time, as Democratic Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon put it, " ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve gay marriage Tuesday, making it the fourteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to expand marriage rights. Two other Midwestern states -- Iowa and Minnesota -- have also legalized gay marriage, but legal gay marriage in Illinois means much shorter ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    SLOWednesday Farming & Fracking Discussion at Schlafly Bottleworks

    Slow Food St. Louis' monthly discussion about our local food system is tonight at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337). September's topic is farming and fracking and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on small rural farms. See also: Missouri Botanical Garden Celebra ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Schnucks Didn't Break Law, Is Also Victim in Credit Card Breach, Attorney General Says

    The class-action lawsuits against Schnucks allege that the company was negligent in its handling of a massive security breach that potentially compromised millions of credit and debit cards. Customers seeking damages across Missouri and Illinois argue that the company had an obligation to tell patro ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    June 14, 2013

    East St. Louis Mayor On Concealed Carry Law: "More Guns...On The Street Is Not The Answer"

    East St. Louis, Illinois, mayor Alvin Parks says he is not in favor of having more guns on the street -- but pretty soon, he won't have a choice. Illinois is on its way to adopting a concealed-carry law, which means it will no longer be the only state in the country with a ban on firearms in publi ... More >>

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    January 6, 2013

    The Tigers Get Two Big Wins...Sort Of

    On a day when they narrowly escaped with a tight and oftentimes frustrating win over Bucknell by the score of 66-64, the Missouri Tigers got another big bump in their own personal standings, by dint of some brilliant Big Ten play and the flat-out byzantine machinations that is the college basketball ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Don't Worry, Illinois Will Not Become A Gun-Crazed Dystopia

    Yesterday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the state of Illinois' ban against concealed-carry. (We've posted the decision online here.) Illinois was the last state to have such a ban. If the Land of Lincoln doesn't appeal to keep it on the books, then lawmakers will have six months ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Listeria Threat Prompts Multiple Recalls

    On July 18, Gills Onions of Oxnard, California, voluntarily recalled certain packages of its diced and slivered red and yellow onions as well as an onion and celery mix because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. As the press release announcing the recall makes clear, listeria is serio ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    The Most Important News Story You Will Read Today: The Spider and the Bloody Streaker

    There was poetry in the Post-Dispatch today, courtesy of an Associated Press report from Albion, Illinois, with the Onion-worthy headline, "Illinois man wakes to find spider in his bed, flees the house naked." Here is the opening paragraph (which we newspaper folk call "the lede"): A southern Illi ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Big (Lap) Dance: A Guide to Adult Entertainment in St. Louis

    ​You're in town for the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The basketball has ended for the night, and you're still looking for some "live" entertainment to keep the party going? Well, does Riverfront Times have some advice for you! (And they say service journalism is dead?) Plug a few of ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Who's Shooting the Bald Eagles of Southern Illinois?

    ​As dedicated eagle fans already know, southern Illinois is a hotbed of activity for our national emblem. An estimated 5,000 eagles winter in the Northern Mississippi Valley, plucking fish from the rivers while fans watch from the bluffs and riverbanks. And why not? Those birds are majestic.So why ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Strip Club Tax Supporters Drop Research Bomb

    ​Some resent the implication at the heart of the "skin tax" bill: That strip clubs somehow foster sexual assault, and thus should have to pay $5-per-patron fee to fund aid to rape victims. However, as the bill wends its way through the Illinois senate, supporters of the bill are arguing -- now wit ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Literally, "See You in Court!"

    It won't exactly be Law & Order, but Illinois' courtroom dramas could soon be coming to a living room near you. In an announcement titled "Extended Media Coverage In the Circuit Courts of Illinois on an Experimental Basis," the Illinois Supreme Court yesterday ordered that video and still cameras ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Mastermind Vodka: Farm-to-Table (via Pontoon Beach)

    The farm-to-table movement has swept through restaurants nationwide. Farm-to-table booze, though? That's a trend Gut Check doesn't encounter very often. The folks at Pontoon Beach, Illinois-based Mastermind Vodka want to change that. Business partners Carl Levering, Joel Berrye, Nick Roady and Dave ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    The United States of Hogs, or Why Missourians Are Pukes

    Even back in 1884, before college football was the widespread money-making machine it was today, the names of many of your favorite teams already existed. In that blessed year, H.W. Hill & Co. of Decatur, Illinois, the sole manufacturer of Hill's Hog Ringers (142,000,000 rings sold!) drew up a map o ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Bloody Mary Mix, Ground Beef Recalled

    ​Gut Check might have spent the past few days curled up in front of the fireplace with a snifter of brandy and a year's worth of Jane's Defence Weekly, but the food-recall news didn't stop. In the past week, the FDA and the USDA have announced several voluntarily recalls. Only two, though, involve ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    While You Were Eating Left Over Turkey, Teenage Boys Were Living Out Gridiron Dreams

    Jennifer SilverbergProud American Traditions: Jazz... Ford... Capitalism... Thanksgiving weekend high school football state championship games.​Not even a man wearing a cowboy hat while eating a Big Mac, listening to Bruce Springsteen and trading derivatives on his iPad is more American than high ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Bomb at Illinois Islamic Center Turns Out To Be Burned Qurans, Hate Propaganda

    ​A bomb scare inside a mosque north of Centralia, Illinois, yesterday is now being investigated as a hate crime.Central Illinois' WJBD radio reports that a church member found a box in the bushes outside the center and brought it inside thinking it was a donation for the food bank. Soon other chur ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Windfall for Fairmount Park; Weathered Horse Track To Get Estimated $14 Million

    Last time we ventured to Fairmount Park in '09, the JumboTron was in much need of repair.​The long legal battle between Illinois horse tracks and casinos is over. After losing an appeal and failing to get a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois casinos said goodbye this week to $141 ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Illinois Prisoners Forced to Re-Use Underwear for Days at a Time

    ​You, as an Illinoisan, are charged and convicted of a crime. You are transferred from your local jail to a minimum-security prison, which will be your new home for a while. On your first day you are issued a set of clothes: three pairs of blue pants, three blue shirts, one jacket, one stocki ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Catholic Foster Care Won't Have Gay Couples Adopting in Illinois

    'Cause you'd hate to see these guys dote on a baby.​Congratulations, Illinois' LGBT community. Beginning tomorrow, you can proverbially tie the knot in the "Land of Lincoln."  True, you can't technically call it marriage, but Illinois' new civil-union law provides you many of the benefits enj ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Bible Thumpers Grow Up

    Today's comment comes in response to a post about how a Catholic diocese in Illinois is choosing to end its adoption and foster care program out of concern that it could be required to place children with gay parents now that Illinois allows homosexuals to commit to civil unions. Reader SMDrPepper c ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Sheriff's Department Invites Media Along for Sweep of Crime-Ridden Neighborhood

    The press got to play cops last night in St. Clair County.​I've got to admit it. I enjoy the bravado of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, even as I occasionally question its chummy relationship with the press. Every other month, it seems, the sheriff's department emails local media with s ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Medical Marijuana Bill Goes Up In Smoke In Illinois

    ​Illinois won't become the sixteenth state in the nation to pass a medical-marijuana law. Yesterday a bill that would have allowed the state to institute a three-year pilot program to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana failed in the Illinois House by a vote of 53 to 61. The bill faced steep o ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Illinois No Longer Home to "Retards"

    Image viaIllinois got with the program...but will you?​Jumping on the national bandwagon, the Illinois House and Senate just approved bills to ban the term "mentally retarded" in state statutes and replace it with "intellectually disabled." The federal government did the same thing last October wh ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Restaurants Cope While Wenneman Meat Finalizes Rebuilding Plans

    Wenneman Meat Company, which was devastated by a fire in January, is making a comeback. They announced yesterday that they'll build a $5 million, 22,000-square-foot complex in St. Libory, Illinois, where the business has operated for 84 years. For the first time in the town's history, St. Libory off ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Madison County Seeking First Civil Unions

    via robotnine.comIt's not quite wedding bells for same-sex couples in Illinois -- but it's something.​ For Illinois residents -- be they gay or straight -- legalizing a civil union with a beloved partner will be an option for the first time ever on June 1. And one Illinois county doesn't want ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Eat Your Veggies. Just Not These.

    Wikimedia CommonsThese beets won't kill you. Yet. ​Beets are so often maligned that it's hard to imagine that they're pickled and processed in 105-ounce cans. Who knew there was such a pickled beet demand? Well, that demand's going to go unmet for a bit. Lakeside Foods Inc. of Manitowoc, Wis ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    It's Sweetie Pie Day in Mascoutah!

    ​Manage to get through being housebound without attempting to murder anyone with an axe? You deserve a road trip and pie! This Saturday, pie takes over downtown Mascoutah, Illinois, about 40 minutes east of downtown St. Louis. The town's hosting its annual Sweetie Pie Day, where nineteen bus ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Same-Sex Unions Now Law of the Land of Lincoln

    ​As expected, Illinois governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed off on a bill legalizing civil unions in that state.Two month ago, the measure passed in both houses."We believe in civil rights, and we believe in civil unions," Quinn said at a signing ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. "We believe ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    The Single Greatest Pre-Snowfall Grocery Store Purchase Ever

    Image via​Snowpocalypse 2011. Supermarket parking lots packed. Shelves of bread, milk and toilet paper emptied. Shovels at the ready to dig out from A MEASLY THREE OR SO INCHES.At any rate, the mild chaos precipitated* by the impending storm reminded me of the greatest pre-snowfall grocery store p ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Illinois "The Worst In the Country" at Paying Its Bills, Says State Comptroller

    Image viaSays Dan Hynes, Illinois State Comptroller, Illinois is a "deadbeat state."​That 60 Minutes piece last evening on the insolvency of state governments was an eye-opening experience. But perhaps most worrisome for St. Louisans was learning just how dire the situation is for Illinois, which ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    [UPDATE] Would Someone Please Shoot Those Deer Stuck on Mississippi River Ice Floe?!

    ​Update 11:41 a.m. The deer were rescued this morning. A helicopter hovered over the animals, blowing them to shore. Check out the video here.Original story follows...Have you come across the saddest story in St. Louis news this week? It's the tale of two deer that have been stuck on an ice floe i ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Wondering About Illinois Civil Unions?

    ​Got questions about the recently-passed bill allowing civil unions for same-sex (and opposite-sex) couples in Illinois? Sure you do.So head on over to Bellville, Illinois, on Thursday to hear some experts speak and answer any questions you may have about the unions, which will be available to fol ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    ​Today in Illinois, both houses of the state legislature approved a bill granting civil unions to same-sex couples. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law, as he said he would support the unions while campaigning.The bill says that a civil union, expressly stated as between "two ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Dear Chain-Smokin, Slot-Playin Grandma: Illinois Wants You Back

    Yeah, we're looking your way, sweetheart.​On Monday, a group of twenty or so Illinois legislators toured the Casino Queen in East St. Louis. That same day they also visited the Lumiere Casino just across the river in downtown St. Louis. The difference in the number of gamblers at the two venues wa ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010
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    September 17, 2010

    Five More Dogfighters Plead Guilty in Southern Illinois

    Illustration by Brian Stauffer​The largest dogfighting bust in U.S. history just got a little bigger, at least in terms of the number of defendants who have pleaded guilty in connection with the case -- which was the subject of an RFT feature story earlier this month.The southern Illinois U.S. Att ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Arson Investigated in Burning of Cahokia Church

    The Illinois State Fire Marshall is looking into whether someone deliberately set fire to a church under construction in Cahokia over the weekend. The 500-seat Miracle Deliverance Temple was a month away from completion when it caught fire early Sunday. By the time firefighters got to the scene, the ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Walmart Sandwiches Recalled

    Deli meat used in Walmart sandwiches recalled for possible listeria contamination. Food Safety News reports that Zemco from Buffalo, New York, has recalled over 380,000 pounds of meat. None of the meat was sold as retail product; it was all used for Walmart's Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches. Par ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    The Onion Goes Deep Inside Illinois

    Image sourceSpotted on Blago's ride?​Illinois is on the verge of bankruptcy. The state has essentially stopped paying its bills and has a budget deficit of about $12 billion. Lawmakers have had no ideas to make ends meet. At least until now. In their most recent issue, The Onion reports that offic ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Illinois Cyclists Now Officially Protected by Law

    Image source​If, while driving in the state of Illinois, you have felt an uncontrollable urge to mow down a cyclist who insists upon taking up an entire lane on a busy street, slowing traffic to a crawl and just when you have someplace important to go, control thyself. A new law, signed yester ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Tuesday Tussle: Part 1, Sin Taxes Are the Best Solution to the Illinois Budget Crisis

    Image sourceA two percent tax on apples would have kept the Garden of Eden solvent.​Illinois has essentially stopped paying its bills. According to the New York Times, the state has $62.4 billion in pension liabilities and "owes more than $5 billion for schools, rehabilitation centers, child care ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Tuesday Tussle: Part 2, Sin Taxes? Illinois Needs to Maintain Its Dignity Instead

    Image sourceWeep no more, Illinois. By resisting the path of sin, ye shall receive your heavenly reward.​Yes, it's true, these are troubled times for the state of Illinois. Our neighbor across the river is currently $12 billion in debt. Nearly half of that (OK, $5.01 billion) is owed to school ... More >>

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