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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The top Republican in the Illinois House is criticizing Democrats for a plan that would put $100 million in taxpayer funds toward a presidential library for Barack Obama.
 
Minority Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs says it's "ironic" that Democrats have been threatening cuts in education and state services if a temporary income tax increase isn't made permanent this year. He wonders where money for a library would come from and says the state can't afford it.
 
A House committee controlled by Speaker Michael Madigan - a Chicago Democrat - voted to move the proposal forward last week when no Republicans were present. Committee member Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Republican from Mundelein planned to protest that vote Monday.
 
Madigan has said the money would not come from operating funds.

Appeals pending before Missouri's latest execution

Monday, 21 April 2014 11:47 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Appeals that seek to spare the life of a Missouri man facing execution this week focus on concerns about the lethal injection drug.
 
William Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993. He was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband.
 
The killings were part of a plot by Rousan, his son and his brother, to steal cattle from the Lewis farm near Bonne Terre.
 
Rousan's son, Brent, was 16 at the time of the killings. He is serving life without parole. Rousan's brother, Robert, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and served 15 years in prison.
 
An appeal in federal court questions Missouri's secretive process of purchasing execution drugs from an unnamed compounding pharmacy.
 

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospect

Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:47 Published in National News

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him.

But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the nation's longest-serving governor is now the focus of a grand jury investigation over a veto he cast last summer.

A special prosecutor will probe whether Perry abused his power by vetoing state funds for a unit headed by a district attorney he had called on to resign. Perry said the official, Democrat Rosemary Lehmberg, had lost public trust after being convicted of drunken driving. She alleged the veto was partisan.

The grand jury investigation comes as Perry has been softening his image. He hasn't ruled out another White House run in 2016.

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