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CHICAGO (AP) - The president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce is retiring next year.

Chamber chairman Ray Drake says Douglas Whitley announced his retirement plans at the chamber board's quarterly meeting on Thursday. Whitley has had the position for 12 years and says he will leave the chamber in June. Whitley is 63.

Drake says the chamber's board will embark on a nationwide search to replace Whitley. Drake says Whitley has given the board enough time to find a new president and prepare before next year's election for Illinois governor.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 15:31
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A Police K-9 unit is being credited for catching a suspect who had led police on a 20 mile-long chase.

Around 10 PM Wednesday an officer spotted a car that had been reported stolen from Evansville, Indiana. The officer followed the car through north county along I-270 to west county. The suspect eventually noticed the officer following him and increased his speed.

The suspect eventually abandoned his car in Fenton and tried to run away. A K-9 unit bit the man and subdued him. An officer was also bitten during the struggle and received treatment at a nearby hospital.

Police say the suspect may be connected to a series of car break-ins across St. Louis.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 15:10
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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is concerned for the safety of St. Louisans if state lawmakers override one of Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes.

One of the bills they are examining is HB436, the "Second Amendment Preservation Act". The bill would, in part, make it illegal for federal authorities to enforce any federal gun control laws. Local and State police would be responsible for arresting any involved federal agents.

Mayor Slay says overriding the veto would be irresponsible, "this is an insult to police officers and law enforcement statewide. This is anti-cop."

Slay credits local cooperation with ATF agents for a surge that resulted in hundreds of criminals and illegal guns being taken off the street. Under the new law, Slay says those federal agents would have been arrested and the criminals could even file lawsuits against the individual members of the ATF . When asked what passing a bill like this into law would mean for the reputation of St. Louis, Slay did not mince words.

"My biggest concern is what impact it is going to have on law enforcement and public safety. But this would be an embarrassment for our state", Slay said.

Lawmakers meet on September 11 to determine which bills they will take up in an override session.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:00
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Some good news for one area school district.

For the fourth year in-a-row, the Lindbergh School District ranked tops in academic achievement in Missouri.

State education officials used data from the MAP test results to create the rankings. Students in the district in grades K-12 excelled in communication arts and math. Lindbergh High School had the highest score of any school in English-language arts. And three of Lindbergh's elementary schools ranked in the top 10 schools in the state.

The impressive performance led Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to label the district "Accredited with Distinction". 

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