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.
Illinois State Police continue the search for a murder suspect.
In early September, two men allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old man at Denese's Place night club in East St. Louis. 36-year-old Damien Floore is already in jail facing charges, but his alleged accomplice, Torcus Boone is at large. Boone lives in East St. Louis and has murder charges and a $9 million bond waiting for him.
Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is considering a run for governor in 2016. Hanaway told the Post-Dispatch that "a lot of people are encouraging her to run" and "she's giving strong consideration to their advice." Missouri's GOP has been in search of a high-profile republican to run against the assumed democratic nominee, Attorney General Chris Koster. The 49-year-old Hanaway was the first woman speaker of the Missouri House. She was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009, and is currently with the Husch Blackwell law firm.
An off-duty St. Charles County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a deadly shooting in Forest Park last night.
St. Louis Police say the deputy was jogging with a female friend around 11 PM Monday, when they were approached by three suspects. Those suspects pulled a gun and tried to rob the pair. That is when the deputy pulled his own gun and shot the suspects, killing one. The dead man has been identified as 18-year-old Antonio Nash of North St. Louis.
Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn with St. Charles County Sheriff's department explains why the shooting is believed to be justified. "All the points at this time of the investigation indicates that it was a justified shooting," Tiefenbrunn said. "The suspect was armed. There was a handgun recovered at the scene. I believe they have also interviewed a couple of the other suspects and the intent was to rob the individual, unbeknownst to them that it was an off-duty officer."
The deputy has not been identified, but he does have 16 years of experience in law enforcement.
It may be September, but state officials have already started their Christmas shopping in Jefferson City -- for a holiday tree, that is. Missouri officials are looking for the next Christmas tree to decorate the lawn of the Governor's Mansion in state capitol. The deadline to submit entries to the state Department of Conservation is September 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 Governor 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.
The University of Missouri's journalism school plans to seek approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to resume the use of news-gathering drones.
The federal agency has ordered the university as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to stop flying the drones outdoors until they obtain government authorization.
Scott Pham of Missouri's university-owned station KBIA-FM said the school will apply for a federal permit known as a certificate of authorization. His counterpart in Nebraska has said the school also plans to seek the federal permit.
Journalism researchers and their students were using the airborne robots to shoot aerial photos and video from difficult-to-reach news scenes.
A congressional staffer won't face any charges after leaving his loaded handgun in a mens' room at the Missouri Capitol.
Police say the gun belongs to 64 year old David Evans, legislative assistant to House Speaker Tim Jones. And Evans has a conceal-carry permit.
Capitol Police say the Kahr CM9 9mm pistol was in a holster and had a hollow point bullet in the chamber, along with six others in the magazine. It was found Friday morning on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a restroom near a House hearing room.
Police say no charges will be filed because Evans didn't break any laws. State law allows Missouri lawmakers and their staff to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol, as long as they have a permit.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is coming out against a proposal to combine city and county crime statistics for FBI reporting.
County Police Chief Tim Fitch and City Chief Sam Dotson sent that proposal to the FBI Monday. They argue that reporting St. Louis crime stats regionally would be more accurate since other cities include suburban and rural areas in their figures.
McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that combining the numbers is deceptive because the city isn't part of the county. And he said, it would be unfair to county residents. McCulloch said the move would cut the city's murder rate in half, while increasing the county's murder rate more than 8 fold.
The STL County crime stats only include unincorporated areas and the municipalities that contract with County PD for protection...about 40-percent of county residents.
The paper reports that the proposed change would have ranked St. Louis 8th instead of 2nd in violent crime among cities with populations between 500,000 and 999,999 in 2010.