Many low-wage workers in Missouri will make a little more money next year. Starting January 1st, Missouri's minimum wage will go up 15-cents to $7.50 an hour. The minimum wage for tipped workers will increase 12-cents to $3.75 an hour. Missouri's minimum wage automatically rises to keep pace with increases in the cost of living thanks to a law approved by voters in 2006. The rate hike is expected to benefit about 104-thousand low-wage workers in the state. An analysis by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute estimates the increase will boost economic growth in Missouri by about 11-million dollars.
Thursday, 26 December 2013 15:37 Published in Local News
A boost in funding will clear the way for some road repairs in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn announced a capital investment of more than $15.3 million on Thursday to fund a bridge repair project in St. Clair County. It is all a part of the Governor's Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program aimed at creating jobs and boosting llinois' economy.
Bridge repairs and resurfacing are planned along Interstate 64 from 18th Street to the Illinois Route 111 interchange in Washington Park.
The $31-billion Illinois Jobs Now! project is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history.The project will support nearly 440-thousand jobs over a six year span.
An apartment fire in Worden, Illinois has claimed the life of a disabled man. Authorities say 45 year old Robert Blotevogel was found by firefighters on the living room floor of his apartment. The Belleville News Democrat reports that the victim used a wheelchair and was unable to escape the blaze..
The Worden Fire Department was called to the scene at about 7:15 Thursday morning. The newspaper reports that a retired firefighter and a former firefighter who live in the area were helping people out of their apartments.
Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Steinmeyer said, "Without the help of those two people, it could have been a lot worse." All other residents were safely evacuated and none had to be treated for injuries. Approximately seven to ten people are temporarily displaced by the fire. The Madison County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire. The cause of death will not be released until toxicology results are completed.