Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year before the process of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is conducted in the state.
The Springfield State Journal reports the new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.
Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings.
Miller says no companies have registered to conduct fracking since the state started sign-ups last month.
Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack underground rock formations and release oil and natural gas.
The search for a pair of bank robbers continues and the FBI says PNC Bank is now offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.
The PNC branch in the 41-hundred block of South Grand was robbed just after 10:30 A.M. on November 5.
Both subjects are considered armed and dangerous.
Subject #1 is described as a black male, 6' 2" tall, and 250 lbs. He was wearing a flannel shirt, a dark hoodie, and a red knit cap that may have the words "St. Louis" on the front. He was also wearing jeans and tennis shoes.
Subject #2 is described as a black male, slender, and 6' 5" tall. He was wearing a maroon athletic jacket with white sleeves, jeans, and gloves. He draped some type of blue clothing over his head.
The stolen money may be identifiable as a result of possible dye stains on the bills. If you have information, please contact FBI St. Louis at 314-589-2500.
If you have information, please contact FBI St. Louis at 314-589-2500.
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors have filed a response to Rod Blagojevich's corruption conviction appeal.
The 169-page government filing submitted late Tuesday urges the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the imprisoned former governor's request for a new trial.
Defense lawyers filed the appeal on the Illinois Democrat's behalf in July. It asks the Chicago-based appellate court to toss his convictions or at least reduce his 14-year prison sentence.
In 2011, jurors convicted the 56-year-old former governor of engaging in wide-ranging corruption. That included seeking to profit from his power to appoint someone to the Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated when he became president.
With prosecutors' response in, oral arguments on the appeal could be scheduled soon. A ruling on the appeal by the three-judge panel could happen within several months.