Metro-East News

Evening briefing: Catch up on Tuesday’s biggest news

Rauner gives OK to for rate study of Caseyville Township sewer tap fees

The bill, House Bill 372, was the latest attempt by a local developer and metro-east lawmakers to lower the fees Caseyville Township charges to connect new homes and other buildings to its sewer system. Critics have said Caseyville Township’s tap-on fees are abusively high. Get more details here.

SIU to advocate for employees in budget stalemate

Southern Illinois University will “reshape” itself and weather the budget storms in Springfield, SIU President Randy Dunn said Tuesday, while helping employees with the health care crisis. Get more details here.

Layoffs on hold at Illinois State Museum, DNR

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration said Tuesday it has halted the planned layoff of more than 100 state workers, including at the Illinois State Museum and conservation police, pending a legal challenge from public-employee unions. Get more details here.

American men haven’t gotten a raise in 40 years

That is why, as David Wessel of the Brookings Institution points out, the typical male worker actually saw his after-inflation pay fall between 1973 and 2014. Get more details here.

Pope arrives in polarized United States

Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his “church of the poor” to the world’s wealthiest superpower and a country polarized over issues closest to his heart: immigration, social injustice and economic inequality. Get more details here.

Scott Walker’s bid for president comes to an end

Warning that the Republican presidential race has become too nasty, Scott Walker exited the 2016 campaign on Monday and urged others to quit, too, and “clear the field” so someone can emerge to take down front-runner Donald Trump. Get more details here.