SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A key Illinois House committee has advanced legislation to add five new casinos and scores of slot machines. But the sponsor is working on rewriting language on tax rates and oversight of a Chicago casino before the full House takes a vote.
Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed two earlier measures to expand gambling.
More good news from the latest St. Louis jobs report.
The metro area's unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in April. That is substantially better than the national rate of 7.1 percent.
Trade and utility workers saw the biggest increase in employment last month, adding nearly 10,000 jobs. And for the second month in a row, the government experienced the sharpest contraction, shedding 4200 jobs.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip is stepping down from the bench as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.
St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday through his attorney by letter to the chief judge, John Baricevic. Baricevic says the letter is brief and doesn't offer a reason for Cook's departure.
Cook was charged last Friday with possessing heroin and having a gun while illegally using controlled substances. He's pleaded not guilty.
The Illinois Supreme Court now must pick Cook's replacement.
A fellow judge, Joe Christ, died of a cocaine overdose in March while with Cook at the Cook family's hunting cabin in western Illinois' Pike County. That probe continues.
Fire crews have evacuated about a dozen several homes near a major gas leak in Wildwood.
The leak happened in the 11-000 block of Audubon Village Drive, which is just south of Manchester. The leak happened Wednesday morning after a contractor hit a 4 inch natural gas line. Laclede Gas crews were able to shut off the gas lines so there is no danger to homeowners.
Metro West Firefighters will return and inspect over a dozen homes to make sure they are safe. They will remain without gas for Wednesday afternoon.
A Jennings mother called police overnight to tell them her son had been shot and killed.
St. Louis County police are looking for a white Chevy Impala in connection with the death of 21-year-old Oshay Caves.
It happened around 2:16 a.m. Wednesday at Theodore and Hamilton. Officers found Caves dead in front of the home at 5200 Hamilton when they arrrived.
St. Louis County Police say the victim was apparently targeted following a confrontation.
We should know later today what the EPA found following a new radiological survey of a Bridgeton landfill.
The EPA flew airplanes over the landfill site and the adjacent West Lake Landfill which houses decades old nuclear waste material. The purpose of the flight was to identify surface areas that emit gamma radiation.
Residents nearby are worried about an underground smoldering event beneath the Bridgeton Landfill reaching the nuclear waste under West Lake.
The City of St. Louis's plan to regulate street performers has hit a snag.
A federal judge issued an injunction yesterday (Tuesday) that prevents the city from charging $50 for individual permits and $100 for group permits.
The city also wanted to require auditions for street performers, which the ACLU says was the first attempt of its kind in a major city.
The injunction issued by a U.S. District Judge says the city must also refund any performers who paid the $50 fee.
Another rash of smash and grabs happened within minutes of each other overnight.
Two beauty supply stores and a gas station are the latest to be targeted.
The most recent happened just before 5:30 this morning at Paradise Beauty Supply off Goodfellow and West Florissant.
Police report four men drove a Dodge Ram truck into the front of the store and stole a cash register and hair extensions worth $500 each.
The first burglary happened at a gas station in Bellefontaine Neighbors after the business’ front door was smashed in around 4:45 a.m. A half hour later a Sally Beauty Supply on West Florissant near I-270 was hit. Police in St. Louis city and county said they do not have anyone in custody in connection to the three incidents.
The latest string of smash-and-grabs mark at least the 10th such crime in the St. Louis area over the past few weeks.
On Tuesday, thieves stole items from a Central West End Radio Shack after apparently using a truck to ram the cinder-block back of the store.
According to police, the thieves stole several flat-screen televisions and laptop computers totaling more than $1,000 in value.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missourians to walk, run, bike, paddle and hike throughout Missouri during the rest of the year.
The governor is promoting a 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage physical activity. He'll officially kick off the challenge in St. Louis and Springfield this weekend. The event coincides with National Trails Day on Saturday.
Missouri has almost 1,000 miles of trails within the state park system and more than 500 miles of trails federally designated as National Recreation Trails.
Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice wants to help St. Louis County build a shelter for homeless women and children.
Rice announced Tuesday that his New Life Evangelistic Center was gifted with two vacant lots in the 3900 block of Lada. That's near Natural Bridge and North Hanley just outside of Bel-Ridge. Rice says he'll give them to St. Louis County for a shelter.
Rice says it's time for County Executive Charlie Dooley to make good on his promise to help the county's homeless. "We have to do something immediately," he said. "Unbelievable pressure is being put on us with so many, many, people who are coming to us downtown."
Rice says he plans to present his proposal at the County Council meeting next week.
A spokesperson said county leaders will certainly listen.