Some customers of one local grocery chain are wondering why they are just now learning about a series of credit card fraud incidents.
In a statement, Schnuck's spokesperson Paul Simon said that the company had become aware on March 15 that some customers had noticed unauthorized charges on their card statements for credit cards they had used at Schnucks. Complaints have be received from shoppers across the metro area.
Schnucks officials say they're working with police and a private outside forensic team to try to find the source of the compromise.
Police say the leak may not be with the grocer, but with a third-party vendor that processes transactions.
The Belleville News-Democrat says St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson is exploring the costs of perhaps giving relatives the option of visiting with their jailed loved ones through online video streaming.
Watson says such an offering would be safer in that it would let inmates have such visits from their cells rather than requiring guards to move them to and from the visitation area. And it would be convenient for the relatives.
Supporters of the idea include the John Howard Association, a nonprofit prison watchdog. Its executive director, John Maki, says enabling more visitations creates a calmer lockup, improving safety of the jail and staff.
The study by the Society of Actuaries says the amount paid by insurers who sell policies to individuals in Illinois will rise more than 50 percent by 2017. The jump is even greater in Missouri, where the cost of medical claims could grow by almost 60 percent.
The report says costs will rise largely because of spending on sicker people and other high-cost groups who will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The study did not make similar estimates for Employer-sponsored plans.
The White House disputes the study's claims because they didn't consider other cost-saving aspects of the new law.