Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:31 Published in National News
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is being asked to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration.
The New Jersey Assembly tapped former assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar, who helped convict Blagojevich of corruption, as special counsel Wednesday.
The special counsel will advise a legislative committee investigating a plot that shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days in September.
The shutdown caused massive traffic jams in the town of Fort Lee. The plot apparently was hatched as a political vendetta, possibly against the town's Democratic mayor for not endorsing the Republican governor's re-election.
Four members of Christie's circle have been fired or resigned.
Christie, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has apologized.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:59 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses.
The Illinois Secretary of State's office says more than 12,000 immigrants have received licenses since December under a new state law.
Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 locations will offer license tests by the end of the month.
The licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving. They can't be used as identification for activities like boarding a plane, voting or buying a firearm.
Supporters say the law will save Illinois motorists money and make roads safer. Critics say the state should be cracking down on immigrants who entered the country illegally.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 16:32 Published in Local News
According to a new survey, Scottrade Center is one of the best stadiums to take in an NHL game.
Stadium Journey magazine named Scottrade the fourth best fan experience. The editors ranked the stadiums in the categories of food and beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment and extras. The magazine said "The enjoyment of attending Blues games keeps getting better and better, and if you are fortunate to attend an NHL game in St. Louis, you will see just how rewarding it is.” Only Xcel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild), Verizon Center (Washington Capitals) and the Tampa Bay Times Forum (Tampa Bay Lightning) were voted higher.
See the full review of Scottrade Center: here.