CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois House will convene for a special session next week on the state's roughly $100 billion pension crisis.
Both the House and Senate had tentatively set two days aside next week to meet. On Monday House Speaker Michael Madigan's chief of staff emailed representatives, telling them to expect a one-day session starting Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.
Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman says senators still have the days on the books and there has been no change for now.
The four legislative leaders met last week on a plan that could save around $150 billion over the next three decades. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says the speaker continued discussions with leaders over the weekend and there was progress.
The leaders are expected to talk again this week.
Officials in the Francis Howell school district say a computer error led to a strange email blast over the weekend. Parents of current and former students received emails saying their children were failing classes -- hundreds of them.
School district spokesperson Neosha Hayes says the issue has been identified and the flow of emails stopped. Hayes also says student information wasn't compromised because only authorized addresses received the emails.
County Executive Charlie Dooley will try again to fill two vacancies on the troubled St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dooley will formally nominate former Metro CEO Robert Baer and one-time Hazelwood mayor T.R. Carr Tuesday afternoon.
If approved the pair would replace Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warmann, both of whom resigned amid controversy last summer. Sansone is the subject of an FBI probe after it was learned that a company he co-owns was hired as a subcontractor on the county's new police crime lab.
One other seat remains open on the board. Its not known if Dooley has a candidate in mind for that seat.
This is the second time the county executive has tried to fill the vacancies. All three of Dooley's previous police board nominees withdrew their names before confirmations could get underway.
Police have released a photo of the suspect connected to a robbery that happened outside a Wentzville Walmart.
A little over a week ago, on Sunday, November 17, a woman says she was approached by another woman in the parking lot. The suspect demanded the victim's purse. The victims gave the other woman money.
Police say the suspect left the scene in a 2000's gold of tan Chevy Blazer. The suspect is described as a heavy set woman, who was wearing a pink hoodie and light-colored blue jeans.
Anyone who information on this case can contact Det. Blake Roth at email@example.com or can call 636-639-2127. You can call anonymously as well to 636-639-2180.
UNION, Mo. (AP) - The eastern Missouri publisher of an anti-government newsletter who was shot by state troopers after pulling a gun has been sentenced to a 30-year prison term by a judge he likened to a terrorist.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 47-year-old Jeffrey Weinhaus called the judge who sentenced him Monday in Franklin County "a black-robed terrorist, an enemy combatant no different than Osama bin Laden."
A jury convicted Weinhaus last month of charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and illegal morphine possession, as well as a marijuana misdemeanor.
Authorities say Weinhaus pulled a gun on Missouri state troopers serving him with an arrest warrant when the officers shot him in in the chest, neck and head.
Weinhaus's attorney says his client plans to appeal.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has asked President Barack Obama to declare 15 counties in Illinois major disaster areas after tornadoes and strong storms hit the state last week.
Quinn also said Monday that state and federal assessment teams found the storms damaged more than 2,400 homes in Illinois. That includes nearly 800 homes that were destroyed.
State agencies continue to help Illinois communities recover from the Nov. 17 storms. Illinois Department of Transportation equipment and Illinois Department of Corrections inmate crews are working to remove debris. The state will have resource centers in the hard-hit areas of Washington and Brookport through Tuesday.
The governor's office says state and federal emergency officials will meet with local governments early next month to document storm expenses.
Illinois State Police are preparing to step up traffic enforcement for the holidays.
This year, the officers are dedicating the push a fallen officer. "Operation Kyle" is a 24 hour traffic enforcement push between Tuesday and Wednesday. Trooper Kyle Deatherage was hit and killed by a semi-truck during a traffic stop on November 26, 2012. The truck driver, 52-year-old Johnny Felton Junior faces multiple charges and 14-years in prison if convicted.
The Illinois State Police will have increased patrols through the New Year, they will place an emphasis on speeding, use of seatbelts, DUI's, and distracted driving.
The co-founder and current CEO of the Mathew-Dickey Boys and Girls Club is retiring next year.
Martin Matthews will retire, effective November 1, 2014. Matthews and Hubert Dickey Ballentine started to club in 1960. The club created programs that were adopted nationwide. The "Earn and Learn" program gave kids the chance to earn money working as managers, coaches, and umpires in youth baseball. President Ronald Reagan recognized the club in 1982.
The Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club provides services to more than 40,000 each year. A successor has not been named.
The community came together Monday morning for a food donation, just days before Thanksgiving.
The holiday carols added to the festive spirit at The St. Patrick Center in downtown St. Louis. Turkeys and other Thanksgiving dishes were handed out by volunteers to more than 400 clients and their families. Tom Etling is CEO of the St. Patrick Center, "This is just one way that the St. Louis community and the St. Patrick center reward our clients for their extraordinary efforts and hopefully they will have the safest holiday season they've ever had."
As folks were leaving Monday, they were wished a Happy Thanksgiving with food in their hand and a smile on their face, like Robyn:
---Robyn cut :04 I'm getting ready to eat nice, real nice.
People in and around Bonne Terre may have felt the ground shake a bit Monday morning.
The US Geological Survey confirmed a magnitude 2.6 earthquake happened at 7:22 AM. Residents in Festus, Bonne Terre, and DeSoto all reported feeling the tremors.
No injuries or damage has been reported.