Talks between the St. Louis Cardinals and city officials have intensified as Illinois officials up the ante in their bid to lure the Cardinals away from St. Louis. Key Illinois lawmakers express optimism their $250-Million proposal for a new stadium in the Metro East area will be approved by the Illinois Legislature and will be enough to make the Cards move. St. Louis officials are talking with private investors in an attempt to close a $100-Million gap left when the Missouri Legislature refused to contribute state money to the project.