Illinois officials gathered on the approach ramp of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge this afternoon to get a progress report on the newest Mississippi River crossing.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the bridge project has created thousands of jobs and boosted economic activity in the region. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says there has also been an effort to maintain a high level of diversity on the project.
"For the duration of this project we've been at between 23 and 24 percent for minority participation on this bridge and last week we're at 25 percent minority participation on this bridge", says Schneider, "That is huge."
The bridge was slated to be finished next July, but building is ahead of schedule and could be completed as early as March.
A man and woman remain on the loose after allegedly trying to rob a man at a Metro-East restaurant.
Around 8:30 Saturday night, employees at a Collinsville Hardee's called police to report the suspects attacked a customer in the restroom. The victim said a man followed him into the restroom, hit him, and tried to steal his wallet. Surveillance tape shows the suspect getting in a car with a woman and driving off.
They were last seen in a white Ford Escape. Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers.
St. Louis is named again as a good place for business startups.
Under30CEO.com ranked St. Louis as the fifth best medium-sized city for entrepreneurs. Kansas City came in just ahead in the fourth spot. The list makers looked at factors like cost of living and quality of life.