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SWAT team surrounds home in St. John

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:57 Published in Local News

Police have blocked off several streets surround a home in St. John.

Officers say a man has barricaded himself inside a home in the 3600 block of Marvin. The SWAT team is on site and they are attempting to negotiate with the man. Police are advising neighbors to stay inside their homes. 

EAST ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Property taxpayers in southern Illinois are getting back roughly $8.4 million related to a now-closed hospital under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Chicago Democrat signed a bill Wednesday that refunds money from the Wood River Township Hospital that closed in 2000. The hospital's fund had about $8.4 million after paying pension benefits and debt.

House lawmakers approved the bill last week. Supporters say they had several options on what to do with the money. They say giving it to property taxpayers seemed the most fair and popular.

In a Wednesday statement, Quinn says it's been a priority to reduce costs and improve services.

The hospital board estimates a person with a $100,000 home would receive a refund of up to $450.

Wainwright a finalist for Cy Young award

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:32 Published in Sports

Adam Wainwright will learn today if he is the Cy Young winner.

Wainwright is one of three finalists for the National League award. He joins Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on the final ballot.

In the American League, St. Louis-native Max Scherzer is the favorite to win the award. The winners should be announced this afternoon. 

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