SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Once again Illinois lawmakers are considering a list of tax breaks and other incentives to keep some companies in the state and attract others.
The most widely publicized proposal is a $24 million tax break aimed at persuading Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its new global headquarters in Illinois.
Legislators at this week's fall session in Springfield also could be asked for a tax break to retain the company that emerges from a merger between OfficeMax Inc. of Naperville and Office Depot Inc., among others.
Some lawmakers say the state's bad finances make timing difficult for new such breaks.
Others say the state needs to take a harder look and adopt a more comprehensive way to scrutinize such incentives in the future.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is banning alcohol at events aimed at minors, like youth soccer and softball games. A group of clergy had unanimously approved the new rule last month (September).
In a letter to parishioners last week, Archbishop Robert Carlson wrote that alcohol at games or other events directed toward minors "is not to be served to anyone or brought in by someone." The new rule takes effect Friday.
Some athletic associations are expected to lose revenue as concession stand beer sales are prohibited. But one member of the clergy group that approved the change told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that alcohol sales were already discouraged and many parishes already barred it, so the change just makes the parishes consistent.
Students at one Arnold school will have to attend classes off campus this morning. That's because a 160 foot cell tower in the front yard of the Lone Dell Elementary School has become unstable. It's leaning precariously and US Cellular engineers have said they're concerned that it could topple over.
Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies closed Tomahawk Drive and Gary Road in Arnold as a precaution.
School officials have said Lone Dell will hold classes this morning at the Rickman Auditorium in the 700 block of Jeffco Boulevard.
The Fox C-6 School District posted the following letter on its website (http://www.fox.k12.mo.us/):
Late this afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. the district was contacted by US Cellular about the cell tower at Lone Dell Elementary. It was inspected yesterday and results were issued today. The inspection failed. As a precautionary measure, Lone Dell Elementary will have NO access tomorrow. The main safety concern is not the actual school building, but cars and busses entering the drive by the entrance where the tower is located.
The students will be picked up, as usual, at their respective bus stops and taken to Rickman Auditorium for school. They will also utilize the Fox C-6 Service Center for their fall parties.
The safety of your children and yourselves is our top priority. As a preventative measure, we feel this is the safest solution for everyone involved. It would be helpful if you could pack a lunch for your child. However; if that is not possible our food service program will provided a cold sack lunch. The children will be taken home at the regular dismissal time and dropped at their regular bus stops. If you pick your child up, you will need to do so at the Fox C-6 Service Center at normal dismissal time.
Thank you for your support and understanding. If you have any other questions related to this, please contact our office at 636-296-8000.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Dr. Dianne Critchlow
Superintendent of Schools