U.S. Rep. Davis still opposed background check legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) told CNN he still opposed a background check bill calling it a “partisan show bill,” despite shootings in Chicago, El Paso and Dayton over the weekend. 

CNN said the bill passed the House earlier this year but has stalled in the Senate. “I would not consider changing the vote that I made because that bill was nothing but a partisan show bill. That bill wouldn’t have addressed the problems that we see with fixing what Democrats even call a loophole,” Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” From CNN:
The bill, HR 8, would require background checks on all firearm sales in the country. Currently, only licensed gun dealers must perform background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a firearm, but most unlicensed sellers do not.

Illinois HIV Care Connect Region 4 HIV Community Engagement Meeting in Collinsville

COLLINSVILLE — Illinois HIV Care Connect will be holding a community engagement meeting in Collinsville on Wednesday, Aug. 25. 

From the Facebook event:
The St. Clair County Health Department (SCCHD) and the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) invite you to join us from 10 am to 2 pm on August 28, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Collinsville, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL, 62234 for the Region 4 HIV Community Engagement Meeting! The community engagement meeting is open to consumers, HIV/STD providers, Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council (IHIPC) members, social service agencies, and other community members. The community engagement meeting will include a presentation about HIV rates and services in the Metro East area (Region 4) and also an interactive discussion on the needs for HIV care and prevention services in the Metro East area (Region 4).

Former Pride St. Louis board member says city threatened parade after police decision

ST. LOUIS — A Pride St. Louis board member who resigned after the parade has said that the city threatened to withhold permits unless the decision on barring uniformed police from marching was reversed. Jolene Gosha announced her resignation in a Facebook post on Sunday. In the resignation she said the city threatened to pull the parade and festival permits and that the parade organizers and been the target of harassment from a police officer who marched in the parade.

Missouri’s last abortion clinic gets license extension

ST. LOUIS — On Friday, an administrative panel ruled that Planned Parenthood of St. Louis can keep its St. Louis clinic open until August while the fight over its license continues. The Hill reported on Friday that Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission issued a stay allowing the clinic to continue performing abortions without a license.