St. Louis County cell phone retailers are invited to a cell phone theft forum tomorrow.
The St. Louis County Police Department is holding the event in response to the recent string of smash-and-grab store robberies. Retailers are invited to attend Thursday at 4PM in the Grace Union Church in the 3900 block of Union.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is using his veto power to try and suspend state lawmakers' pay because of their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis.
The Chicago Democrat is announcing the news Wednesday. He says there'll be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done.
The Associated Press obtained details of the plan before Wednesday's announcement.
Quinn's using his line-item veto power in a budget bill that's on his desk. Lawmakers have to approve his changes.
The bill gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn's announcement comes a day after he said there would be consequences for lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul plan by Tuesday's deadline.
The state has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability, the worst of any state.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois public health officials say they've found the season's first West Nile-positive bird in southwestern Illinois.
The Monroe County starling's test results come two months after the state found the year's first mosquitoes with the virus.
The agency's director says that means it's "only a matter of time" until the illness is found in humans this season.
The first mosquitoes carrying West Nile were found in May in Cook County. Since then, West Nile's been found in animals in a total of 17 counties.
Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state's counties and nearly 300 people contracted the illness. Twelve died.
This year's spring flooding caused an increase in mosquitoes - both the kind that carry the virus and those that don't.