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Menards plan approved for Hadley Township

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 04:48 Published in Local News

   Residents in the southern part of Hadley Township may finally know the fate of their community.  

   The Richmond Heights City Council  Tuesday night unanimously approved a plan for a $63 million Menards development.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the approval includes $15 million in tax increment financing for the redeveloper, Menard Inc., to cover some development costs.  

   The paper reports that by the end of the year, the developers plan to notify property owners of closing dates on their sale contracts.  

   The new retail development will be east of Hanley Road, between of Maplewood’s Walmart development and I-64/40.

St. Clair Co. Board minutes posted to anonymous website

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 03:47 Published in Local News

   St. Clair County seems to have it's own version of wiki-leaks.  

   Information that hasn't been released by the county board is being posted on the anonymous website CountyBoardInfo.com.  Material posted to the site include minutes from a July 29 executive session at which board members and State's Attorney Brendan Kelly discussed drug testing county employees.

   The unidentified web publisher says the site "is designed to enhance government transparency."  The site isn't affiliated with county government, but promises to keep posting county board meeting agendas, audit reports and meeting minutes.  

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the county hasn't posted such material on its website since June.  

IL Term-limit effort could face better odds, concerns

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 02:36 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An expert in term limits says a Republican governor candidate's proposal to overhaul the Illinois Legislature is better structured than past failed bids.

   University of Illinois Professor Chris Mooney says Bruce Rauner's petition drive to limit lawmakers to eight years in office is savvy in its three-pronged approach. The Winnetka venture capitalist's proposal would not only limit the length of terms but also cut the size of the Senate and make it harder to override a governor's veto.

   Those elements could help the proposal overcome a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down a 1994 initiative because it didn't make "structural and procedural" changes to the Legislature.

   But the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says it is concerned that Rauner's petition drive could unfairly boost his separate governor's campaign.

 

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