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.
A 64-year-old Wentzville man with a law degree from Washington University, who is already in jail for allegedly robbing a bank and shooting a state trooper, is now a suspect in up to six other bank robberies. Warren J. Gladders is charged with robbing the First Bank in Dutzow, Mo., on Friday, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a search of his home after the robbery found evidence of the other crimes. That evidence was turned over to the FBI, which is leading the investigation. Gladders' attorney, Brad Kessler, declined comment, saying he had not yet had a chance to speak to his client.
Charges have been filed against two men after an attempted holdup in Forest Park Monday night led to a fatal shooting. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office has filed second-degree murder and armed robbery charges against Joshua Hunter and Jamaal Robinson. Both are 20 years old. Hunter and Robinson were with 18 year old Antonio Nash Monday night when they approached a man and his female friend who were jogging near the Grand Basin at about 11:15. The man happened to be an off-duty St. Charles County sheriff's deputy. After being threatened and seeing that the suspects were armed, the deputy used his service weapon to shoot all three robbers. Nash died from his wounds and Hunter and Robinson are hospitalized. The joggers were not injured. A St. Louis homicide investigation continues and an internal investigation by the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will be conducted when the St. Louis police have completed their inquiries. Police say the deputy appeared to be justified in using lethal force. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Two men are in custody, accused of using a skimming device on an ATM.
Creve Coeur police found the skimmer on an ATM at a US Bank on September 17. Surveillance video showed the suspects and caught images of their vehicle. The men were arrested two days later by St. Charles Police. The suspects had several cloned debit cards and a large amount of cash in their vehicle.
The pair face several felony charges and the Secret Service is now involved in the investigation.
An Illinois man, accused of tying up two people and sexually assaulting them, is in custody.
Jerry Sutt was arrested Monday in Tennessee. Police say Sutt broke in to a rural Collinsville home on September 18 and bound the two people. He then allegedly assaulted one of them. That victim was taken to the hospital.
Sutt is now held on a half-million dollar bond and facing multiple felony charges.
An unexpected stop for a garbage truck in St. Louis Tuesday morning.
A sinkhole opened under the alley between the 1400 Angelica Street and Newhouse Avenue and swallowed the truck. The garbage truck driver was not injured, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Nearby residents said they were not surprised the accident happened in North St. Louis.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - An activist wants a federal judge to order county or state officials to run East St. Louis elections, arguing that more than 5,200 people are illegally registered to vote in the struggling southwestern Illinois city.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matthias Hawkins filed his lawsuit earlier this month against East St. Louis' Board of Election Commissioners.
That panel conducts all elections in the city and is responsible for purging the local voter rolls of residents who have died or moved away.
The commission's executive director, Kandrise Mosby, says the panel follows Illinois law and purges the voter rolls every two years, with that latest effort expected to be completed in a month.
No hearing date on Hawkins' lawsuit has been scheduled as of Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is trickling out information about what Illinois health insurance prices will be on the new marketplace that's a backbone of President Barack Obama's health care law.
Quinn's office announced Tuesday the monthly rates for the lowest-cost plan for a 25-year-old nonsmoker will be $120 in Chicago or $128 in Peoria. For a 40-year-old nonsmoker, the monthly cost of the cheapest plan would be $152 in Chicago or $163 in Peoria.
Most Illinois residents will be able to choose from at least 34 plans when the marketplace goes live Oct. 1.
Consumers will have to wait until then to learn exactly what choices will be available in their region and how much they'll pay. New tax credits will lower costs for some, depending on household income.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri officials are looking for the next Christmas tree to decorate the lawn of the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City.
The deadline to submit candidates to the state Department of Conservation is Sept. 30. Trees must be at least 40 feet tall, fully branched and donated. The owner of the winning tree gets a personalized thank you from Gov. Jay Nixon and an invitation to the tree lighting.
Submissions must include photos taken from several angles and distances, contact information and the location of tree through an online mapping service. Entries can be sent to the Department of Conservation in Jefferson City.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - So far, more than 50 instructors have been approved to train Illinois residents applying for applications to carry concealed weapons.
The Daily Herald reports 54 instructors have been OK'd for the program - most of them in northern Illinois.
Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says as many as 1,000 more applications have been received.
In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of firearms.
Anyone who wants to apply for a concealed-carry license must complete 16 hours of training from a state-approved instructor. The instructor also must use the state's training curricula.
Applications for concealed-carry licenses will be available from state police beginning Jan. 5.
A list of instructors can be found here.