Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says teachers in his state should be able to focus on teaching.
A land swap could help one Lee County community upgrade its facilities.
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was described as being in "decent spirits" after being released from the federal prison where he served more than five years on corruption charges.
Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson accompanied Ryan on the trip from the lock-up in Terre Haute, IN, to Chicago, where Ryan reported to a halfway house early Wednesday.
Ryan wore a suit and tie as he walked into the facility. He was unable to speak to the media because he's still in custody.
Under a recent class-action lawsuit, agricultural chemical company Syngenta will have to pay cities and towns across the Midwest for contaminating water supplies with the herbicide atrazine. This includes several in Western Illinois.