CHICAGO (AP) - Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official.
He's set to remove his "exploratory committee" label Tuesday by filing paperwork with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he's Gov. Pat Quinn's only 2014 Democratic primary challenger.
In a video on his campaign website, Daley says the fact that the state Legislature adjourned in May without finding a solution to the pension crisis or voting on same-sex marriage represents a "dysfunction."
He says he's running because of the positive response he's received and he'll work seven days a week.
The brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors formed his exploratory committee last month, but has already been acting like a candidate. He's stepped out to criticize Quinn's leadership and made statewide tours.
Officials in Tavares, Fla., say there've been injuries but no deaths after a series of explosions rocked a gas plant.
Authorities had first feared that as many as 15 workers at the Blue Rhino propane plant could have been killed when several blasts late Monday blew off the building's roof.
But all the workers are accounted for. Seven people were taken to local hospitals.
A former St. Louis Police officer was sentenced to five years probation for a Christmas Eve drunk driving incident. Michael Schinner avoided a DWI charge after driving the wrong way down a one-way street and slamming into another police car on Christmas Eve 2011. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in May. A passenger in Schinner's vehicle suffered serious head trauma. Court records show the former officer smelled of alcohol, but he refused a blood test. Among the conditions of his probation, Schinner must avoid alcohol, attend AA meetings, and complete 60 hours of community service.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur has announced a $45 million expansion. The money will go towards a 79,000-square-foot addition that will house over 100 new scientists. The bioscience giant opened in 1998 and employs over 200 people. Construction on the expansion is set to begin in 2014, with the expansion set to open in 2015.