CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn slashed lawmakers' salaries because he wasn't happy with their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis. But these days the only elected official working without pay is Quinn himself.
A judge told the Chicago Democrat it's unconstitutional to hold back legislators' salaries. But Quinn also gave up his own paycheck and still vows not to collect it until the pension crisis is solved. So three checks totaling about $44,000 await Quinn at the state comptroller's office.
Some Republicans challenging Quinn's 2014 re-election bid call it a populist stunt. But his supporters say he's as frugal as he's always boasted and is probably faring just fine.
But things could get tight for him if the committee charged with proposing a solution to the pension crisis doesn't come through soon.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis lawyer who has worked as an assistant Missouri attorney general as well as the city's Circuit Court clerk has been appointed as city license collector.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced the appointment of Mavis T. Thompson. She succeeds Michael McMillan, who resigned.
Thompson is a University of Missouri law school graduate who serves on the state's Division of Employment Security Appeals Tribunal. She has also worked as a city attorney for Berkeley and Wellston and as circuit clerk for the 22nd Judicial Court.
A south St. Louis man dead after he was stabbed during an altercation with his girlfriend's family.
The incident happened in the overnight hours in a home in the 7500 block of Vermont Avenue. Police say they found the 46-year-old victim with multiple stab wounds inside the home. Investigators determined the victim was arguing with his girlfriend's 21-year-old son when the argument escalated and the son stabbed the man in the chest.
The son ran away after the stabbing, but was captured a short time later.