Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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CLAYTON > County Council gives tentative OK to parks marketing contract * The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday divided on whether to move forward with a bid by a Webster Groves agency to provide marketing services for the county parks department.

Overcoming the reservations of two members, the council Tuesday night nonetheless gave preliminary approval to a measure that will award the company, Method Insights, a three-year, $120,000 annual contract.

The issue will return to the council for a final vote next week.

In casting the dissenting votes, Republican council members Colleen Wasinger and Greg Quinn questioned whether Method Insights met the qualifications set forth by the county for an outside vendor to prepare advertising along with print, direct mail, digital and Internet marketing on behalf of the park system.

The request for proposal for a "full-service advertising, marketing, branding, media and communications agency" stipulated that bidders bring a minimum of three years experience to the task.

Method Insights was incorporated in 2012, according to state records.

"They may be fabulous, for all I know," Wasinger said. "But they failed to meet the requirements set out in the RFP."

State records show that Method Insights is owned by Jeff and Stacey Morris. The business address is a residence in Webster Groves.

"It has not been explained to us, or at least to me, why we are going with an inexperienced firm," Quinn said.

The Post-Dispatch previously provided independent marketing services for the parks department. (Steve Giegerich)

CHICAGO > Quinn suspends funds for Capitol renovations * Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that he's suspended funding for future renovations at the state Capitol, blasting the project's architect for extravagant renovations that have already prompted criticism of Quinn's leadership and caused embarrassment for financially shaky Illinois.

"We don't need to have the Palace of Versailles at our state Capitol," Quinn told reporters. …

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