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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri utility regulators have signed off an agreement involving Ameren Missouri over solar rebates.
Ameren Missouri asked the Public Service Commission last month for permission to suspend payment of the rebates.
The agreement approved Wednesday calls for the utility to continue the rebates up to a maximum of nearly $92 million. Ameren had paid nearly $22 million from August 2012 through October of this year.
Other parties to the agreement included the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association and the state office that represents utility customers before the PSC.
A 2008-voter approved law requires investor-owned utilities to derive a certain percentage of their electric generation from renewable resources. It caps rate increases derived from that measure at 1 percent.
LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Police are investigating illegal withdrawals from hundreds of bank accounts, possibly through the use of a so-called ATM skimming device.
Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force says about 300 people have been victimized so far, and there may be more.
Thieves outfit ATM machines with skimming devices that read bank card numbers, along with hidden video cameras that record people typing in their passwords.
Force says police in the St. Charles County town began getting reports of illegal withdrawals last week. Investigators are trying to determine the stores, gas stations and other places where a skimming device might have been used.