Condemned inmate requests panel to review clemency

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A Missouri death row inmate with a July scheduled execution is asking Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint an independent panel to review his clemency request. Fifty-four-year-old John Middleton is scheduled to die July 16 at the state prison in Bonne Terre. The one-time methamphetamine dealer was convicted in the 1995 drug-related…

IL GOP wants more time for redistricting signatures

Top Illinois Republicans are requesting that the State Board of Elections grant an extension to a group gathering signatures to take the political map-making process away from lawmakers. The group submitted more than 500,000 signatures to the Board of Elections last month. But executive director Rupert Borgsmiller says less than half of a 5 percent…