Both man and beast will benefit from a busy fundraising weekend in St. Louis.
Thousands turned out at Forest Park for the 19th annual JDRF Walk to cure diabetes. Officials estimate about 25,000 people took part in yesterday's walk which raised money for people living with type-one diabetes.
Soldier's memorial was the starting place for the fourth annual "Pedal the Cause" fundraiser. The cycling event raises money for cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. In the first three years, the event has raised more than four million dollars for cancer research.
And the Animal Protective Association of Missouri hosted its 23rd annual Canine Carnival Sunday at Tilles Park. Dogs and their owners participated in agility contests, a cheese ball toss, and a celebrity-judged "ugliest" dog contest. The Canine Carnival is the APA's biggest event of the year.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan raised more than $800,000 in political funds compared to $565,000 for Gov. Pat Quinn in the first three months of the year.
Madigan is a potential Democratic primary challenger to Quinn. Madigan says she has not yet decided whether to take on the governor next spring.
Campaign finance reports filed with the state Elections Board show Madigan spent $77,000 during the first quarter and had $4.4 million in the bank on April 1. Quinn spent $119,000 and had $1.5 million on hand.
Among possible Republican candidates, businessman Bruce Rauner's (ROW'-nerz) exploratory committee raised more than $1 million and already has taken in $91,000 in large donations since April 1.
GOP Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROO'-ther-ferd) raised $300,000 and had $740,000 in the bank.