SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the Legislature approved in May.
The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed to 25,000 state workers.
Another $40.5 million was requested for the Illinois Department of Corrections and $31 million for the Department of Human Services and state police to help implement the state's new concealed carry law. The state's Emergency Management Agency wants $6 million to help cover April flooding.
Lawmakers heard some spending requests during the fall session that began last week but have yet to vote on them.
Missouri State House Members, St. Louis Aldermen, economists and fast-food workers are all at St. Louis city hall today to discuss the issue of fast-food workers forced onto public assistance due to low wages.
The group is hoping some policy solutions will result from such meetings.
The hearing comes just weeks after researchers at the University of California-Berkeley released a report showing that low-wage, fast-food jobs cost Missourians nearly $150 million every year in public assistance.
The workers want that burden taken off the taxpayers and put on the shoulders of their employers. Workers want higher wages so they don't have to rely on public programs, like food stamps, to survive.
According to the UC-Berkeley report, McDonald's employees throughout the country use $1.2 billion in public assistance each year. That is the most used by employees of a fast-food chain.
The new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is taking office today.
Justice Rita Garman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to the seven-member court.
She is the first of the state's top jurists to serve in virtually every judicial capacity on the circuit, appellate and Supreme courts.
Garman is the 119th chief justice and the second woman to hold the post. She has been a judge since 1974 and begn her legal career with the Vermilion County Legal Aid Society.
She's replacing Justice Thomas Kilbride who served three years as chief justice. He resumes his associate justice post.
The price of a gallon of regular gas has tumbled by double-digits in St. Louis this week.
According to GasBuddy.com, the average gallon has fallen nearly 17 cents in the past week, averaging $2.94 a gallon on Sunday.
GasBuddy.com conducts daily surveys of nearly one-thousand gas outlets in St. Louis.
The national average has fallen about 6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30 per gallon of regular.
The price per gallon in St. Louis is about 20 cents lower than the same day one year ago and about 23 cents lower than one month ago.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After years of talking about less spending, some Missouri officials now are talking about more.
Gov. Jay Nixon suggested recently that he would like to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars on public schools before his term ends in three years.
There may also be more money available for other programs in the next budget year.
State departments already have turned in proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts next July. And advocates for various social services have started making funding pitches to lawmakers.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, says revenues are looking better and there could be room to fund a few more things.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream also says funding increases are possible for some programs.
St. Louis Police are warning baseball fans to watch out for counterfeit World Series tickets.
Police say two men are wanted for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to Cardinals fans in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon.
Images of both were caught by surveillance cameras downtown.
Anyone who recognizes either man is asked to call St. Louis Police at (314) 444-5627.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Madison County Board members says it's "disgusting" that the county's ex-treasurer still collects a pension after pleading guilty to a crime.
Fred Bathon pleaded guilty eight months ago to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so his political donors could profit from inflated penalties paid by property owners.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported Sunday that the 58 year old has received more than $340,000 in pension benefits since his 2009 retirement. He was treasurer for 11 years.
Kathy O'Brien is general counsel with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. O'Brien says that according to state law a pension is terminated at sentencing, not conviction.
Court records show Bathon's sentencing is Dec. 6.
Republican Madison County Board member Jamie Goggin says continuing to collect a pension is abusing the public.
Bathon's attorney declined comment.
St. Louis police say they don't suspect foul play in the death of a man who apparently fell from the top floor of west end high rise Saturday morning.
Police say a jogger found the man lying in front of The Dorchester apartment building in the 600 block of South Skinker about 9:00 a.m.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say his injuries were consistent with a long fall.
The man's name has not yet been released.
Parents in the Normandy School District plan to hold a town hall meeting Monday to discuss the financial and academic problems in the struggling district.
Last week the school board voted to cut more than 100 jobs, including 70 teachers and close Bel Nor Elementary School in an effort to keep from going bankrupt over of the costs of the state-mandated transfer program. The unaccredited district must pay for more than 1,000 students to attend schools in other districts.
But the School board voted last week not to pay the tuition and transportation bills associated with those transfers.
The Normandy Schools Town Hall Organization will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Natural Bridge Branch of the St. Louis County Library.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Before Governor Jay Nixon halted a planned October execution, his office received numerous messages raising concerns about plans to use the common anesthetic propofol to administer the death penalty.
Nixon also directed state prison officials to develop a new death penalty protocol. The Department of Corrections announced this past week that Missouri now will use the sedative pentobarbital in executions.
The possible use of propofol for an execution had fueled concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit its export.