Loop Trolley project to cost more than expected

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Loop Trolley project in the St. Louis area is now expected to cost about $51 million, $8 million more than the original estimate. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the increase is due, in part, to street paving and landscaping costs. Critics contend the cost of the 2.2-mile trolley…

Business groups urge dumping public budget negotiation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Five leading Illinois business groups are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders to skip the public budget negotiation they’ve scheduled for next week. In a letter released Thursday, the business leaders say a public meeting over the 18-week budget holdup would prevent “sincere and constructive” conversation necessary for successful negotiation.…