SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' 177 lawmakers won't be getting paid as scheduled Thursday unless a court intervenes.
The pay stoppage is Gov. Pat Quinn's punishment for inaction on pension reform. Legislative leaders are suing Quinn over the move. They're asking a Cook County judge to issue an emergency injunction.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says her office can't issue the checks because the salaries were in a budget bill. The governor did not eliminate his own salary, but asked for the comptroller to withhold his check. Topinka's office says he can restart his pay any time.
Members of the bipartisan pension committee say they are several weeks away from presenting a plan. Committee members say they are waiting on savings estimates as they prepare a proposal touted by several of the state's university presidents.
It appears the St. Louis Community College system will be seeking a new Chancellor.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the board of trustees has voted in closed session not to renew Myrtle Dorsey's contract. Her tenure runs out in June of 2014.
Dorsey has come under criticism for the handling of an attack on a female student in a restroom on the Meramec campus and the followup handling of the suspect. The fallout forced George Wasson, then president of the Meramec campus, to resign.
Police have identified the man found shot to death inside his truck this morning.
Investigators say 29-year-old Bao Nguyen was shot twice and died at the scene.
A passerby found a man shot man’s body hanging out of the a Nissan Frontier around 6:45 a.m. Police do not know how long the victim had been there or how many times he had been shot.
There are no suspect details at this time.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Renovations are underway at the Illinois governor's mansion, even though the 158-year-old home hasn't been used much during the past two administrations.
Lee Enterprises newspapers' Springfield bureau reports the state's awarded almost $339,000 for three contracts on work to the 16-room Georgian-styled home.
Contractors are spending the summer replacing climate-control systems and an emergency generator at the Springfield manor.
The home hasn't undergone a major renovation since 1971.
The property's been mostly unoccupied for the past two administrators. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his family continued to live in Chicago and Gov. Pat Quinn said he'd live in the property, but the newspaper says he spends most nights in Chicago.
The work is paid for by liquor taxes, license plate fees and video gaming proceeds.
An investigation into another overnight smash and grab burglary is underway.
This time the crime happened in west St. Louis city. Police say that around 4:30 this morning, suspects smashed the front window of the Palomino Lounge in the 5800 block of Delmar. The thieves made off with some liquor, a flat screen TV, and money from the cash register.
No information on the suspects has been released.
The Riverview Gardens School District has chosen Kirkwood as it's second choice to send its transfer students, but Kirkwood says it only has room for 100. Over 1,100 parents in the unaccredited Riverview Gardens district have applied for the transfer program. The Melville School District has said it would accept 150 students. Riverview Gardens will have to pay around $12,000 per transfer student. The deadline for transfer applications for Normandy and Riverview Gardens is Thursday.
An investigation is underway after St. Louis County police officers shot at someone during a traffic stop.
Just before 5 PM police pulled a car over for a traffic violation. While officers were approaching the car, a passenger got out of the car. The police noticed that man was holding a gun and shot at him. The suspect dropped the weapon and ran away, but he was captured a short time later.
The driver of the car was also taken into custody. It is not known if the armed suspect was hit.
MoDOT is planning emergency work on I-70 in the coming weeks.
The weekend of August 9-11, crews will close all lanes of northbound of Route 141 at I-70. MoDOT needs to repair a bridge at that location after a truck hit it in late June. The lanes will closes at 8 Friday night and reopen by that Monday morning rush.
There is a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Sunday. Concertgoers will not be able to access westbound I-70 from Earth City Expressway after the concert.
The closure was scheduled for this weekend, but had to be rescheduled because of the rainy forecast.
Charges are filed against Keith Wildharber after police say he accidentally shot and killed his friend.
Wildharber was drinking with his friends on Monday night, when witnesses say he playfully pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim, asked the victim if he trusted him, and pulled the trigger. The victim died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Wildharber believed the gun was unloaded.
He now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
A Washington University student is shaken up but uninjured after they were robbed at gunpoint on the school's campus Tuesday morning.
An email to students and staff said that a student was approached in a parking lot just after 8 AM. The suspect showed a gun and stole the victim's laptop and cell phone. The suspects is a man between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 6'0" tall and has long dreadlocks. He drove away in a blue Pontiac Aztec.
University officials remind everyone the best thing to do when being robbed is to give the thief what they want.