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Colin Jeffery

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There could be as many as 52 races at Fairmount Park next season, or as few as 10.

 It all depends on whether or not Illinois lawmakers extend Internet-based wagering and supplemental funding.  The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday announced four alternative 2014 schedules for all five Illinois horse tracks.  The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the number of races run depends on the revenue raised through Advanced deposit wagering, which provides funds to the racing board and venues.  The measure has to be re-authorized periodically.  

The current extension is set to expire at the end of January.  

 

It is a controversial issue, combining the crime statistics for St. Louis city with St. Louis County, but it is one proposed to the FBI this week by city police chief Sam Dotson and the county's top cop Tim Fitch.  

Meanwhile,  St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Bob McCulloch, spoke with KTRS's McGraw Milhaven earlier this morning. McCulloch says combining the crime stats would be a manipulation of numbers and in reality, wouldn't do much to improve St. Louis's position on the list of Most Dangerous Cities.

"It takes only from second place top eighth place and I don't know that there's a big difference" said McCulloch. "Are you going to argue, hey I don't live in the second most dangerous city in the country I live in the eighth most dangerous city in the country. It's just nonsense. What we ought to be working on is how we are going to govern this area."

McCulloch says one of the major flaws of combining the city and county's crime stats is that not all county municipalities are included, rather only those patrolled by St. Louis County Police. Jennings, Kirkwood, and University City, for instance, are among the municipalities that would not be counted. 

 

Brand name announced for Illinois healthcare marketplace

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:22 Published in Local News

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials have decided on a brand name for the new health insurance marketplace set to open Tuesday.

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration unveiled the name Wednesday: It's "Get Covered Illinois." The brand tagline is "The Official Health Marketplace."

Deputy Gov. Cristal Thomas says the administration wanted a name that was "very clear about what this product has to offer."

The brand and logo are part of a multimillion-dollar ad campaign beginning Tuesday and building through the fall and winter. Uninsured Illinoisans have until the end of March to buy health insurance through Get Covered Illinois.

State officials expect at least 300,000 people to sign up for coverage using new options available through President Barack Obama's health care law. The Affordable Care Act requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance.

 

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