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Quinn Asked To Join Bridge-Naming Effort

(Jefferson City, MO)  --  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to help support the naming of a new Mississippi River bridge in honor of a baseball legend.  Nixon wants Quinn to join his united effort to name the yet-to-be-completed bridge in downtown Saint Louis after Stan Musial, the Cardinals' great who passed away last weekend at age 92.  Nixon said naming the bridge after Musial would quote, "do honor to the citizens of Illinois and Missouri."

Horse Tracks Need Assistance

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois' horse racing tracks are seeking help from legislators.  Horsemen say ever since the state's law allowing advanced deposit wagering wasn't renewed, Illinois' five racetracks have been suffering financially.  Racing Board executive Marc Laino said he wants legislators to renew an updated A-D-W law.  He said until it's done tracks will lose as much as ten-thousand-dollars a day.

Illinois Union Membership Drops In '12

(Undated)  --  Fewer Illinois workers think they should be involved in their local union.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics says union membership in Illinois dropped nearly two-percentage points to 14-point-six in 2012.  Across the nation last year union membership dropped by a half-of-a-percent to eleven-point-three-percent.

IL Teacher Preparation Earns D


(Springfield, IL)  --  A new report says Illinois has room to improve when it comes to preparing its school teachers.  The National Council on Teacher Quality gives Illinois a grade of D in its study into how states prepare teachers to do their jobs.  The think-tank found that all states need to raise their admission standards for teacher preparation programs, raise standards for licensing and states also need to demand more teacher accountability.  Nationally, the average grade was a D-plus.  Four states were best with a B-minus.

 

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