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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has again approved a plan to address so-called Smart Grid technology over the objection of Gov. Pat Quinn.

   Senators voted 44-11 Tuesday to override Quinn's veto earlier this month. Quinn claimed the bill undermined oversight and would force automatic rate hikes.

   Senate President John Cullerton disputed those claims. A three-fifths majority was needed. It now heads to the House.

   ComEd pushed the bill as a way to clarify 2011 legislation allowing utilities to raise rates to fund a high-tech system. But executing it has been tricky.

   The Illinois Commerce Commission and ComEd disagreed over implementation. ComEd filed a court appeal over technical matters and faces a class-action lawsuit over installation delays.

   The proposal clarifies some of those issues and hastens installation.

 
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 03:16
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   Dozens of St. Charles residents are homeless after their apartments flooded during Monday night's heavy rainfall.  

   Residents at the Riverview Lane Apartments spent Tuesday cleaning up and trying to salvage what they could.  But single mom Jamie Roa told Fox 2 News that losing most of her possessions isn't the hardest part of her ordeal.  It's not having a home for her two daughters.

   "My kids are crying to me, 'Mommy, I want to come home.  Please come get me.  Please come get me.'  And I can't go and get them," she said.  "Because I don't have a home to bring them home to."

   This isn't the first time the apartments have flooded. Recently, property owner, Sheila Stumps installed new storm drains to take rain run off water away from the building, but she and residents told Fox 2 News that the city sewers keep backing up.

   To make matters worse, some residents say they've been denied flood insurance because their building sits on a flood plain.  Other residents say there's nothing in their leases to indicate the risk of flooding.

   Stump insists that she informs everyone of the risk verbally.

   Stumps says she’ll get the tenants back into their homes as soon as possible, but admits that it will take time.

 
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:42
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For the right price, you can live like a Cardinal great.

The home of Stan "The Man" Musial is on the market. The family of Stan decided it is time to sell his mid-century Ladue home. For under $2 million--$1.8  to be precise--you can walk the same floors as Musial and his wife Lil.

According to the listing the house is over 5,200 square feet with four bedrooms and seven baths. The home is set on three acres of land. Musial was 92 when he died in January. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:34
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 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The longtime promoter of expanding Illinois gambling has taken his name from a bill over "perceived conflict of interest" with his law firm.

In a statement released Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Lou Lang says there've been no violations, but not only is his name off the gambling bill, he may not vote when it comes to the House floor.

Lang is counsel for Odelson and Sterk, an Evergreen Park firm hired by Rockford. The city is one of five that would get a casino if lawmakers approve pending legislation. Rockford officials have said there's no connection.

Lang says his actions have been respectful of laws and ethical rules. He declined to comment Tuesday beyond the statement.

Democrat Rep. Robert Rita is now the gambling bill's sponsor.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:44
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A north county man is headed to jail after a jury convicted him of molesting a child.

Richard Williams was found guilty of five charges in all. Williams molested the child, who was under twelve when the abuse occurred, between 2010 and 2011.

Prosecutors say Williams was friends with one of the child's grandparents. 

 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:48
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Controversial politician Todd Akin is in North County to speak at a Republican club's monthly meeting.

He will be speak at Yacovelli's Thursday night at 7:30. The event is open to members of the North St. Louis County Republican Club and they are accepting new members. Akin was a US Congressman for a decade before losing to Senator Claire McCaskill last year.

Akin entered the national spotlight after making claims about pregnancy and legitimate rape.

If you would like to join the North St Louis County Republican Club, dues are $15 per individual or $25 per family. Reach out to the club's treasurer, Edna Ditto at (314) 837-8968. 

Future speakers and topics include:

June 27: Anne Gassel on Common Core Standards

July 25: Sherman Graves on gun control

August 22: Tom Schweich state auditor

 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:44
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Still very little information after a man was shot and killed in north St. Louis this morning.

Police say they found 20-year-old Jermaine Johnson on the street near the city's border with Pine Lawn around 2 AM. Witnesses told officers they heard the gunshots, but did not know much more about the shooting.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:22
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he hopes a bill that would kick-start high-volume oil and gas drilling passes "swiftly" through the Illinois House and Senate after a House committee voted to send it to the full House.

The House Executive Committee voted 11-0 Tuesday to approve a measure regulating hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" - the use of high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations deep underground and release oil and natural gas.

Proponents say it's safe and would create jobs in cash-strapped southern Illinois. Quinn has promised to sign the bill.

Opponents worry that fracking could cause air and water pollution and deplete water resources.

They favor a two-year moratorium on the practice, but House and Senate bills calling for a pause have been stalled.

 
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:21
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Prison sentences for Missouri juveniles convicted of first-degree murder remain uncertain because lawmakers did not pass a new sentencing scheme before adjourning.

Under state law, people under 18 convicted of first-degree murder are automatically sentenced to life without parole. But a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision said such automatic sentences are unconstitutional.

The high court said states had to consider an offender's upbringing and role in the crime before sentencing a juvenile to life without parole.

Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, proposed legislation that would have left life without parole as a possibility but also would have allowed juveniles to be given a 50-year prison term. But it stalled in the closing days of the Legislature's session that ended last week

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For a second day, heavy rainfall has delayed the start of a project at the Bridgeton Landfill.    

But when work begins to get rid of an odor coming from the landfill--homeowners who live nearby are staying in nearby hotels. They're concerned their homes could be broken into while they're away.

Missouri Attorney General and Bridgeton police chief Don Hood promise residents both marked and unmarked cars will be patrolling those neighborhoods affected by the temporary move.

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