CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois has taken a giant step toward fixing its biggest financial problem by approving a major pension overhaul this week. But lawmakers' inaction on tax incentives aimed at keeping companies in Illinois has triggered new concerns about the state's business climate.
The Senate and a House committee considered legislation giving tax breaks to Archer Daniels Midland Company, chemical distributor Univar and newly-merged OfficeMax and Office Depot. But the House adjourned after the pension vote, essentially pushing the issue into 2014.
The slow action, at least in the business world, could mean other states with interest in taking Illinois jobs have more of a chance to swoop in.
Still, lawmakers say they had no other choice. Their first priority was approving a plan aimed at fixing Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis.
According to a tech startup, Missouri is home to the two happiest cities in America.
Jetpac, the maker of a new travel app on iPhone, analyzed more than 100 million images on Instagram. Their program identified popular places across the country by looking a pictures of places like restaurants, finding the best views, and where parents go with their kids.
The happiest cities in America according to their survey: St. Louis and Kansas City came in first and second.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is expected to announce his campaign for reelection Thursday night.
Dooley's term is up in 2014. St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger and Republican Tony Pousosa announced last month they intend to seek the seat.
Dooley has been county executive since 2003.