CHICAGO (AP) - The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election and not run for governor has created a ripple effect among Illinois Democrats weighing 2014 bids.
State Sen. Kwame Raoul had been considering running for attorney general if Madigan didn't seek re-election. He says now that he's not sure if he'll seek another office instead or run for re-election.
The Chicago lawmaker says he first has to deal with Illinois' biggest financial problem. Raoul chairs a panel charged with addressing the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon had also been considering a run for attorney general, along with other statewide offices.
Campaign manager Dave Mellet says Simon will make a decision soon. He says state comptroller is among the offices she's eyeing.
The search is underway for a paroled sex offender who authorities say bolted from his East St. Louis halfway house.
The Illinois Department of Corrections is searching for Frederick Buettner. He was convicted in 2004 after being charged with felony predatory criminal sexual assault. He was paroled in May.
]The missing person advisory issued early today has been canceled.
Authorities found Otis Byrd in good condition in St. Louis County. Byrd was last seen at Barnes Jewish Hospital Monday night.
Byrd suffers from schizophrenia.
A man who suffers from schizophrenia is missing and the subject of an endangered persons alert.
Otis Byrd was last seen taking leaving his assisted living facility on Monday morning. He told the person he was traveling with that he would take a bus back to the Independence Center, but never arrived. St. Louis County Police confirm that he was seen at Barnes Jewish Hospital Monday night, but his whereabouts after that are unknown.
Byrd is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, weighing 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate edged up slightly even though businesses added thousands of jobs in June.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that employer payrolls grew by 12,800 jobs in June, compared with the previous month.
Despite that growth, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in June.
The largest job growth occurred in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 5,400 jobs. An additional 4,700 jobs were added in retail and wholesale trade, and 2,000 jobs were added in durable goods manufacturing.