The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is conducting a study to collect information about contracting processes that might be unfair to under-served business communities. Central Management Services is encouraging everyone with an interest in state contracting to attend one of a series of meetings being held across the state.
Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Local Government will hear testimony tomorrow on a proposal to allow local governments to implement temporary sales taxes to fund specific projects. The idea is to allow ballot referendums on whether to temporarily impose a sales tax of up to 1 cent to pay for new parks, sidewalks, roads and buildings. Some 37 states already allow the tax.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is donating five thousand dollars to help create a monument to a Muhlenberg County man who became a significant figure in the War of 1812. The proposed statue of Ephraim Bank will be commissioned by Greenville and located in the downtown near the county courthouse. Known as the "Kentucky Long Rifleman," Bank fought in the Kentucky militia at the Battle of New Orleans.
Democratic long-shot Ed Marksberry has decided to drop his bid for his party’s nomination and run as an independent for US Senate next year.
The Owensboro contractor said today he believes Kentucky needs an independent candidate who is not beholden to party leaders. Marksberry said his candidacy has been less about winning and more about influencing the political conversation, something he feels he can better achieve as an independent.
Motorists traveling on Interstate 24 between Paducah and Metropolis will encounter reduced lanes across the Ohio River starting today. The Illinois Department of Transportation says travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Then barriers will be added early in October to restrict maximum width to 12 feet, 3 inches. Highway contractors will be repairing joints, and the work is expected to take about two months.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday. TVA says it is sponsoring volunteer activities around the Tennessee Valley. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Interested volunteers should visit www.tva.com or contact the TVA Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263.
A federal judge is allowing former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton to remain free while he appeals his conviction on two counts of witness tampering. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley concluded that Eaton has raised two reasonable issues that could result in his winning a new trial. Eaton had been scheduled to report to federal prison by Sept. 30 to begin serving an 18-month prison sentence.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has called for the party to band together and work as a ticket despite recent clashes among top Democrats. His comments came Sunday during the state Democratic party's meeting to slate statewide candidates for the 2014 primary. The 23 state central committeemen unanimously voted to give the party's official endorsement.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul says President Barack Obama's health care law probably can't be defeated or gotten rid of. And he's suggesting there are few ways and little time for him and other congressional Republicans to stop it.
Democratic US Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is attacking the Obama administration for an Environmental Protection Agency ruling that she said will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky.
Grimes, who’s seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said she was deeply disappointed by the EPA’s decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants.