ST. LOUIS (AP) - A $1,000 reward is being offered in the search for the person or persons responsible for killing a kitten in north St. Louis.
The animal was found dead Aug. 1 in the front yard of a home. The resident of the home had been feeding the kitten and came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. Nearby was a rock that was believed to be used to kill the kitten.
The reward is being offered by the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support.
The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It's aimed at chipping away at the state's nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (http://bit.ly/167lzRU ) reports the money would be turned over to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. From there, it'd be distributed to parents.
Race tracks and casinos will have to post signs warning gamblers that their winnings may be garnished if their names surface in a database.
The measure was sponsored by Dunlap Republican Sen. Darin LaHood. He says up to $1 million in back child support could be collected in this first year.
Senator Dick Durbin will be in East St. Louis later this morning, urging law enforcement agencies to trace guns used in crimes. Durbin's office says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms currently provides law enforcement with the means to trace crime guns, but only half of Illinois agencies use the ATF's services. Last month, Durbin introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Act, which incentivizes the reporting of every recovered gun used in a violent crime to the ATF for tracing.