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   SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.

   In a statement Monday, the Chicago Democrat says she considered mounting a challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided to stay in her current job and to seek re-election.

   Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the powerful speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.

   Madigan's exit leaves former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who's formed an exploratory committee to challenge Quinn, and four Republicans. Illinois faces major financial challenges, including a $97 billion hole in its pension funding.

   Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.  In a statement Monday, the Democrat says she did consider mounting a challenge to Governor Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided against it.  Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.

   The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians - state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

   Raoul has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general's office if Madigan ran for governor.

   Raoul planned to ramp up his fundraising efforts after the close of the last Legislative session.

   Simon has long made it known her political future won't include re-election next year. However, she hasn't been clear on what office she might seek instead. Simon has touted her legal background.

 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 03:10
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.

   Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes more than two years after the Chicago Democrat's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison.

   Jurors convicted the 56 year old for wide-ranging corruption, including his bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the state senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

 

   His lawyers filed the appeal less than an hour before a midnight deadline to do so.

 

   In June, defense attorneys citing the complicated issues involved received permission to file a longer-than-usual appeal.

 
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   Parents with children in the Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts have a lot to consider before the August 1 transfer deadline.  

   The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri hosted a town hall meeting Monday night to help parents wade through the complicated transfer process.  

   CEAM State Policy Director Kate Casas says parents need to know their kids can go to any nearby, accredited district, and not just the ones their home districts will bus to.  "It's really about getting accurate information and putting the power in the hands of parents to make the right choice for their own kid," Casas said.

   The applications must list the student's three top choices of accredited districts.  School assignments will then be based on a lottery system.  The transfers will only last until the student's home district regains accreditation.

   The meeting was held at the Lewis and Clark Library in the Riverview Garden's School District.

Monday, 15 July 2013 16:20
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A scary thing to wake up to for one St. Louis woman.

Police say a 3-year-old child was sleeping Sunday morning when someone shot into the child's room. The woman, who is the child's aunt was also asleep in the room. No one was hit and neither the woman or child were woken up by the shot.

When the woman did wake up, she saw the damage and called police. No word on any suspects.

Monday, 15 July 2013 15:21
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Illinois officials gathered on the approach ramp of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge this afternoon to get a progress report on the newest Mississippi River crossing.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the bridge project has created thousands of jobs and boosted economic activity in the region. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says there has also been an effort to maintain a high level of diversity on the project. 

"For the duration of this project we've been at between 23 and 24 percent for minority participation on this bridge and last week we're at 25 percent minority participation on this bridge", says Schneider, "That is huge." 

The bridge was slated to be finished next July, but building is ahead of schedule and could be completed as early as March.

 

Monday, 15 July 2013 15:16
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A man and woman remain on the loose after allegedly trying to rob a man at a Metro-East restaurant.

Around 8:30 Saturday night, employees at a Collinsville Hardee's called police to report the suspects attacked a customer in the restroom. The victim said a man followed him into the restroom, hit him, and tried to steal his wallet. Surveillance tape shows the suspect getting in a car with a woman and driving off.

They were last seen in a white Ford Escape. Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers.

 

Monday, 15 July 2013 13:32
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St. Louis is named again as a good place for business startups.

Under30CEO.com ranked St. Louis as the fifth best medium-sized city for entrepreneurs. Kansas City came in just ahead in the fourth spot. The list makers looked at factors like cost of living and quality of life.

 

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed.

Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski says he doesn't agree with a provision in the state's new concealed-carry law that allows guns in churches, temples or mosques. He filed an amendment to the law Monday and says he'll push for its approval.

Illinois was the last state in the nation to approve concealed-carry legislation this month.

Kotowski is a former gun control lobbyist.

He's one of a number of lawmakers seeking changes to the gun bill, although lawmakers voted to override changes that Gov. Pat Quinn proposed last week to meet a federal court deadline.

Several other states, including Nebraska, South Carolina and North Dakota, prohibit carrying concealed guns in churches.

 

Monday, 15 July 2013 13:22
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A search is underway for three suspects after they crashed a stolen vehicle into a north County house.

Police say the suspects were driving a stolen Cadillac sedan when they crashed into a Spanish Lake home around 9:30 this morning. The suspects ran from the scene, but police believe they know their identities. K-9 units were called in to help with the search. No one was injured in the house.

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      If you've filled up the gas tank over the past few days, you noticed gasoline prices in St. Louis have risen 21.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.63 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 983 gas outlets in St. Louis. 

   This compares with the national average that has increased 11.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.62 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. 

 

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