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Renovations start at Illinois governor's mansion

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:17 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Renovations are underway at the Illinois governor's mansion, even though the 158-year-old home hasn't been used much during the past two administrations.

Lee Enterprises newspapers' Springfield bureau reports the state's awarded almost $339,000 for three contracts on work to the 16-room Georgian-styled home.

Contractors are spending the summer replacing climate-control systems and an emergency generator at the Springfield manor.

The home hasn't undergone a major renovation since 1971.

The property's been mostly unoccupied for the past two administrators. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his family continued to live in Chicago and Gov. Pat Quinn said he'd live in the property, but the newspaper says he spends most nights in Chicago.

The work is paid for by liquor taxes, license plate fees and video gaming proceeds.

 

An investigation into another overnight smash and grab burglary is underway.

This time the crime happened in west St. Louis city. Police say that around 4:30 this morning, suspects smashed the front window of the Palomino Lounge in the 5800 block of Delmar. The thieves made off with some liquor, a flat screen TV, and money from the cash register.

No information on the suspects has been released.

Police shoot at armed suspect during traffic stop

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:52 Published in Local News

An investigation is underway after St. Louis County police officers shot at someone during a traffic stop.

Just before 5 PM police pulled a car over for a traffic violation. While officers were approaching the car, a passenger got out of the car. The police noticed that man was holding a gun and shot at him. The suspect dropped the weapon and ran away, but he was captured a short time later.

The driver of the car was also taken into custody. It is not known if the armed suspect was hit.

 

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