Steve Smith sent a letter last night announcing his resignation days after an audit was critical of district overspending on construction projects.
The audit claims Glenn Construction Co. was overpaid by more than $1.2 million over the last 10 years. That's the same company where Smith works. State Auditor Tom Schweich concluded that Smith failed to abstain from votes giving projects to Glenn Construction while he worked for the firm.
Smith says he is stepping aside so the focus can be on the children of the district.
A Cahokia Illinois man has been found guilty on two counts of first degree murder.
23-year-old Oundr'e Akins is charged in the 2008 robbery killings of Tammy Cantrell and Mark Gerstner at a South County Steak n Shake in 2008. Akins brother also faces charges in connection with the murders. During his brother's trial last week, 23-year-old Anthony Akins reneged on a plea deal to testify against his brother.
Reed says not enough progress has been made on the tough issues faced by city residents. "I'm knocking on doors because our crime rate is too high," Reed hammered, "and the job creation is too low."
Slay, who's running for a record fourth term in office, spent much of his time talking about his accomplishments as mayor. "In a tough economy, we've seen over six-billion dollars of new investment and development," Slay said. "We've seen crime drop...it's the lowest crime rate we've seen in the city since 1972."
There was also talk of how campaign funds on both sides were handled.
The Democratic Primary is expected to decide the race for Mayor of St. Louis.
Krumrei takes over for Congressman William Enyart, a retired major general who was elected to Congress as a Democrat last November. He had been in command of the Illinois National Guard since 2007.
Krumrei was command staff chaplain for the Illinois National Guard since 2005. Gov. Pat Quinn in December appointed him to take over for Enyart.
Krumrei assumed command in a ceremony over the weekend at a high school in the central Illinoi community of Chatham.
Roughly 13,000 people serve in the Illinois National Guard.
The News-Gazette in Champaign reports that university officials say the review is unrelated to Chief Illiniwek.
As the university's assistant athletic director for corporate sponsorships, Marty Kaufmann says the university hasn't updated any of its brands since before 2007.
Kaufmann adds the university will work with Nike's graphic designers and marketing experts to refresh the school's look and brand, at Nike's expense. That could include tweaking a font or making the colors more consistent.
He says any changes likely won't be apparent until the fall of next year.
Kaufmann says the rebranding push won't address the mascot issue.
Gabriel Roche, 18, of Republic, is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2011 stabbing death of 17-year-old Weston North, also of Republic. A probable cause statement says North was stabbed and then begged for his life before Roche slit his throat.
The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/15pPxQ8 ) that prosecutors have filed their intention to seek the penalty against Roche. Prosecutors say Roche killed North because North was a witness in a felony offense.
Prosecutor Dan Patterson on Friday declined to say what that offense was but earlier court documents say Roche believed North was a "snitch."
The Kawasaki rider moved 12 points behind series leader Davi Milsaps. Suzuki's James Stewart, who won last week's event in Atlanta, finished second, followed by TwoTwo Motorsports rider Chad Reed in a race that had to be restarted after a red flag on the third lap.
"It was a crazy night out there," said Villopoto, who was fourth during the first lap. "I made a costly mistake on the first start, so I knew my work was cut out for me. I was able to make things happen on the second start and get out in front after some wild racing. It's coming down to crunch time and we were all able to make it happen tonight."
Honda's Wil Hahn won the Eastern Regional 250SX Class for the second straight week to move into the series points lead. Kawasaki's Dean Wilson finished second and fell one point behind Hahn, and Rockstar Energy Racing's Blake Wharton was third.
"That wasn't an easy race," said Hahn. "It was a tight race tonight with Blake (Wharton) pressuring me early and Dean came on strong late in the race. Tonight was awesome, and my family was here tonight to enjoy this with me."