SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say the number of deer that have died from a viral disease spread by biting gnats has fallen dramatically this year.
In a news release, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports that through the end of September, 403 deer died as a result of what is called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD. That compares to more than 2,000 probable EHD deaths for the same period last year.
Also, the number of counties where EHD has been reported has dropped from 76 counties during the first nine months of last year to 51 counties for the period this year. Officials say they believe the exposure to EHD last year has made deer populations more resistant to the disease this year.
Two women who were elected to a metro-east park board may have to sue to take their seats on that board.
Ruby Mattox and Dora Warren finished first and second in an election to fill two vacant seats on the Stites Township Park District Board in Brooklyn, Illinois.
St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook certified the election results months ago. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the park board has refused to swear them in, calling their election "a mistake."
Mattox told the paper that her opposition to no-bid contracts the park board has awarded may be why the board is now claiming there were no vacancies to fill.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office won't be getting extra cash from the state to help cover the cost of sobriety checkpoints. That's because the County Council on Tuesday turned down a $22,000 grant from the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The grant is specifically aimed boosting DUI enforcement.
Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it's "indicative of the dysfunction of this County Council."
Republican council members, who hold all but one seat, cited constitutional issues and complaints about sobriety checks from residents as the reasons they eschewed the funds.