The Illinois Racing Board handed down a suspension to one of the jockeys in a controversial race at Fairmount park last week.
The board determined jockey John Lejeune did not put forth his best effort when racing against Robert "Cowboy" Jones. Jones was the sentimental favorite to win the race--at 70-years-old he could have been the first jockey to win a race in seven decades.
Lejeune is suspended for 60 days.
Some extra summer vacation time for students in East St. Louis School District 189.
Work to repair the roof of East St. Louis Senior High School is not going to finish on schedule. School was supposed to start on August 21. Classes will now begin on September 3.
Over 1,300 students at the high school get nearly two extra weeks of time off.
New School Start Time Schedule for 2013-14:
East St. Louis Senior High School — 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All District Middle Schools — 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
All District Elementary Schools 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
In other back-to-school news, starting Friday families have a chance to load up on school supplies and can avoid paying sales tax.
Missouri's annual Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday. In most area communities, consumers will not have to pay any sales tax on everything from pencils to computers. There are restrictions on what is exempt from tax and some communities that are not waving local taxes.
The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:
Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.
School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.
Personal computers that don’t cost more than $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $3,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.
Come of the counties NOT participating include:
Some of the cities NOT participating are:
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