The call for help is going out in Florissant.
Police are asking residents to keep an eye out for copper thieves in the area. Police say the burglars target unoccupied homes to remove the copper piping. They take the piping and sell it to scrap yards. The thieves often dress as construction workers to confuse neighbors.
Police are encouraging anyone who notices suspicious activities to report them.
CHICAGO (AP) - Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan are trying to speed up the resolution of a lawsuit they filed against Gov. Pat Quinn over his decision to cut lawmakers' pay.
A spokeswoman for Cullerton says the two leaders are asking a Cook County Circuit judge to rule on the merits of the case following Sept. 18 oral arguments, rather than just on a motion for a preliminary injunction.
Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislative salaries from the state budget as a consequence for lawmakers' failure to address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
Madigan and Cullerton say the line-item veto is unconstitutional and violates the separation of powers.
Lawmakers, who already missed their August paycheck, would miss another one before the motion would be decided.
The Wentzville City Administrator died this morning.
T. Michael McDowell was 60 years old. McDowell served in the role since March 4. He previously worked as the city manager of Olivette and city administrator in Creve Coeur. The Wentzville Board of Aldermen plans to meet this afternoon to appoint and interim city administrator.
A police are looking for two suspects after a high speed chase.
The pursuit started after a home invasion in Jennings Friday morning. The suspects sped away from officers and led them on a chase. The pursuit ended in downtown St. Louis. The suspects ran into a nearby building. Police have formed a perimeter around the building.
Eastbound I-64 has re-opened following a fiery two-car crash overnight that killed one person. A wrong way driver ran head on into an oncoming car. It happened about 2 a.m. in the construction zone near Jefferson Avenue. Eastbound 64 remains closed at Jefferson. Drivers can use I-44 as alternate.
Officials have suspended the search for a man whose boat was hit by a barge early this morning.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has identified the boat owner as Dennis McMenamy of Richmond Heights. Investigators did not confirm that McMenamy was on the boat, but say they found a wallet, cell phone, fishing poles, and other personal items on the fishing vessel.
His family says he often goes fishing overnight and in the early morning.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri political leaders are teaming up to share the lessons of their high-profile falls from grace.
Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and ex-state senator Jeff Smith each wrote a chapter in a new book called "The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis." They appeared at a University City pizzeria in a recent promotional appearance.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/15UonUO ) reports that the one-time political adversaries are now contrite about their mistakes.
Smith is a Democrat who served nearly a year in prison for lying to federal investigators after an unsuccessful 2004 campaign for Congress.
Jetton, a Republican, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received probation following a 2009 consensual sexual encounter in which a woman claimed he choked her into unconsciousness.
CHICAGO (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is predicting that voters will get a chance to decide whether to make Missouri the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law.
Kinder said while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that he believes fellow Republicans in the Legislature will refer the measure to the ballot next year.
The measure would prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment in Missouri.
Kinder's comments came during a session highlighting how the historically unionized state of Michigan enacted a right-to-work law last December.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is an association of legislators, businesses and nonprofit groups that advocates for free-market policies. It has been sharply criticized by unions and others for its close ties between big businesses and lawmakers.
CHICAGO (AP) - A group of states forging ahead with plans for high-speed passenger rail have put out a call for bids for the production of 35 next-generation locomotives.
The request for proposals released Thursday calls for lighter, cleaner-burning locomotives that can reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.
Illinois is leading the procurement. The other states taking part are California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.
The Federal Railroad Administration has allocated $808 million for the new locomotives and for the construction of 130 bi-level passenger cars.
Those cars will be built at a new plant in Rochelle, Ill., by the American subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo, the company that built Japan's bullet train.
Illinois is working on 110-mph service on routes from Chicago to Detroit and Chicago to St. Louis.
The State of Missouri may have to pay part of the costs for the school transfer program. The unaccredited Normandy School District will spend between 15 and 18 million dollars to send hundreds of students to Francis Howell and other, better performing districts. Missouri Education Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicastro told Fox 2 News that at that rate, Normandy will likely run out of money before the end of the school year.
"If Normandy cannot meet their obligations, then there's going to have to be some money come from somewhere," Nicastro said. "The legislature's the only body I know of that can appropriate those funds."
Dr. Nicastro says the costs could go up next year. That's when new education standards kick in across the state, which she believes will cause more districts to become unaccredited.