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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for the next phase of a pricey renovation project at the state Capitol that's caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed.
The Chicago Democrat told reporters Tuesday that he's instructed his budget director to hold up any further appropriations for the project.
The restoration of the National Historic Landmark has already drawn criticism from officeholders and candidates, along with lots of finger-pointing. Sparking the outrage has been copper-plated wooden doors with a nearly $670,000 price tag and more than $323,000 for four chandeliers.
Quinn blamed Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III and says he needs to be "reigned in" by the legislative commission he reports to.
It's a nearly $50 million taxpayer funded renovation.
One day ahead of the all-important veto session in Jefferson City, Governor Jay Nixon made a stop in the St. Louis area. Nixon spoke in front of the student body at Affton High School, congratulating them on their continued academic achievement.
After his speech, Nixon was asked his thoughts on the republican legislature's attempts to override his tax-cut and gun nullifacation vetoes.
"We're not in junior high here. This is serious business," said Nixon. "I don't look at it as a scoreboard, I look at the substance of the bills. This isn't about some sort of a back and forth, this is about what we should responsibly do as a state."
Nixon vetoed a total of 29 bills. The GOP supermajority in the legislature aims to override as many as possible.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A cold and allergy decongestant containing what the manufacturer says is the first pseudoephedrine that cannot be used in meth production is now available nationwide.
The Drug Enforcement Administration refuses to allow Zephrex-D to be sold over the counter, saying government chemists were able to manufacture methamphetamine from the product.
Zephrex-D has been sold in Missouri since December and suburban St. Louis company Westport Pharmaceuticals rolled out the product to 15,000 pharmacies nationwide last month.
Westport says the amount of meth that can be made using Zephrex-D is so small that it's impractical for meth-makers. The Missouri Narcotics Officers Association says it hasn't found the product in any meth labs.
Nonetheless, the DEA insisted Tuesday that Zephrex-D must be sold from behind the counter like all other pseudoephedrine products.
The FBI is reaching out to the public to help ID the suspect in ten bank robberies that span five states.
The so-called "I-55 Bandit" has robbed or attempted to rob banks in Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid 20s with a thin build. He has short brown or strawberry blonde hair and stands about 6′-6’3″ tall. All of the banks he targeted in the metro area were along Interstate 55. The FBI is accepting tips by phone atl 1-800-225-5324 or visit FBI.gov