Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:52 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A preservationist group has released its list of the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois.
Landmarks Illinois announced its list Tuesday morning. It includes Chicago's Uptown Theatre, a U.S. Marine hospital in Galena that was built in 1859 and a more than 125-year-old primary school in Otterville.
The group has released its annual list since 1995 hoping to call attention to the threatened sites.
Landmarks Illinois officials say that since it started the list designation, more than a third of the places have been saved.
The list also includes Hotel Belleville, a 1931 art deco building on the public square in the southern Illinois city. It also lists the Old Millstadt Water Tower.
This year there's a special 11th item, the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program.
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:47 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is recommending steps to protect and bolster military bases and defense spending within the state.
Zweifel's suggestions include creating a Missouri Military Foundation. The proposed private not-for-profit entity would coordinate efforts to support existing military installations and boost defense spending.
The foundation would have a board that includes business leaders, community organizations and retired military members.
Zweifel also proposes a compact that could allow military members to apply service time toward labor apprenticeships.
The treasurer also recommends efforts to protect military families' finances. He said Tuesday that Missouri community colleges have agreed to help develop a financial literacy program.
Gov. Jay Nixon assigned Zweifel to develop the recommendations. The treasurer met with federal officials, Pentagon officials, community groups and others.
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:42 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would require annual written authorization for public employee unions to receive dues automatically deducted from a worker’s paycheck.
The measure endorsed Monday evening would require similar approval for unions to spend worker fees on political activities.
Supporters argued it gives public employees more control over how unions spend their fees. Opponents say it would be an undue burden on those who want to participate in a union.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year. To avoid another veto, this year’s Republican-supported measure would head to the August ballot instead.
The bill, known to supporters as “paycheck protection,” needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. It does not apply to unions representing first responders, such as police and firefighter organizations.