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STL County approves preliminary Boeing incentive package

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:40 Published in Local News

   When the state of Missouri presents it's economic package to Boeing Tuesday, it'll include an extra tax incentive from St. Louis County.  

   Monday night, the County Council unanimously approved a preliminary package that could be worth as much as $1.8 billion if Boeing agrees to build the 777X commercial airliner near Lambert Airport.  The specific form of the incentives will take has not yet been determined, but could include TIFs, or tax increment financing.

   Both County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay addressed the County Council last night in an effort to win the incentives.  Both made the case that the number of jobs the plant would bring would mean a significant economic boost to the region.  Production of the plane could bring as many as 8,000 new jobs to the St. Louis area.  

   With the county incentives and the tax breaks approved by state lawmakers last week, Missouri's bid to win the plant is worth nearly $3.5 billion over 20 years.   

   More than a dozen communities are vying for the new Boeing plant.  The aerospace company is expected to make a decision in January 2014.

IL inmates help clean up after November tornadoes

Monday, 09 December 2013 05:44 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state prison inmates are among those who have been taking part in recovery efforts after last month's deadly tornadoes. The Illinois Department of Corrections says department staff and inmates have helped with debris removal.

   The two dozen tornadoes that swept across Illinois on November 17th damaged or destroyed more than 2,400 homes and killed seven people.

   The crews will head next to the city of Diamond on Tuesday.

Ex-police officer faces DUI, impersonation charges

Monday, 09 December 2013 05:38 Published in Local News

   CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a former metro-east police officer has been charged with driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.

   Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez says 56 year old Harold J. Johnson of Brooklyn is being held in the St. Clair County Jail with bond set at $10,000.

   Authorities say Johnson was pulled over for a traffic violation early Saturday. Alvarez says Johnson was driving under the influence and claimed to be a Brooklyn police officer during the stop. He had a loaded gun with him, which police seized. Police later learned Johnson had been fired from the Brooklyn police force earlier this year, but he hadn't turned in his gun and badge.

   It was not immediately clear if Johnson has an attorney.

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