FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Hundreds of people across Illinois have been registered as concealed-carry instructors. One of them is a reserve deputy with the Stephenson County sheriff's office.
Rena Kerchner formed the company Cloaked Carry LLC. She tells The Journal-Standard in Freeport that she wants to teach residents to be concealed-carry certified before Illinois launches its program next year.
Illinois approved a law in July allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm. Anyone who wants to carry a weapon first must complete 16 hours of training from a state-approved instructor. Those instructors must use the state's training curriculum. Illinois is the last state in the U.S. to allow concealed carry.
As of Thursday more than 850 instructors had been established across Illinois.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to talk to the Legislature about making sure state police have enough resources at their disposal to deal with a backlog of applications for gun ownership.
The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons.
The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.
Police estimate there will be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.
Quinn says he wants to make sure police are able to do their jobs.
In July Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow residents to carry concealed weapons.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Authorities say the disappearance of a St. Charles man was part of a scheme to fake his own death and cover up allegations that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Raymond David Avett of St. Charles disappeared in June, leaving suicide notes at several locations, including inside his Ford Explorer that was found abandoned in downtown St. Louis. He turned up three weeks later in Maryland.
Avett and his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Jennifer L. Callaway, were both charged Wednesday with concealing a felony.
Authorities allege that Callaway coerced Avett into giving her his home, SUV, boat and life insurance in exchange for not telling police about the alleged sexual assault.
Both suspects are jailed, Avett on $250,000 bond, Callaway on $200,000 bond.
Former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has filed a lawsuit against another former Cardinal over allegations of steroid abuse. Pujols filed a suit today against Jack Clark, after Clark in August said on the radio that Pujols was a juicer and used performance enhancing drugs. The suit claims that Clark's comments have damaged Pujols' reputation, caused him humiliation, mental anguish, and anxiety. The suit also names Clark as a "struggling radio talk show host" while describing Pujols' reputation as "impeccable and beyond reproach." No dollar figure is mentioned in the lawsuit, but it does seek damages. It also asks for a formal declaration from Clark that the comments are false. Pujols has always vehemently denied steroid allegations.
The Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University is the recipient of two, multi-million dollar grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute. The grants total $26-million and will help establish the School of Medicine as a premier center for innovative leukemia research.
Doctors hope the research will lead to more personalized treatments for patients based on the unique makeup of their leukemia cells. They also hope to discover therapies that improve survival and reduce treatment-related side effects.
In addition, the grant funding will enable the Center to capitalize on research advances at the medical school in order to bring new investigational treatments into clinical trials.
A new museum dedicated to photography is now open in St. Louis. The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the Grand Center Arts District in the 3400 block of Olive. An open house with free admission and tours will be taking place until 9:00 tonight. The Photography Hall of Fame's permanent collection has over 6,000 cameras and photographic equipment spanning from the 1800's to modern day.
A Chesterfield supermarket is pulling its red grapes off the shelves after a local TV photographer spotted a black widow spider in a container of the fruit. KMOV photog Stan Kostecki purchased a container of red grapes from the Aldi store in Chesterfield on Wednesday. Aldi tells KMOV that they are conducting an investigation and offering refunds to those who purchased the grapes. Black widow spiders are native to Missouri, and although their bites are venomous, they are typically not lethal.
There's more fallout from a loaded handgun found inside a bathroom at the Missouri Capitol last month.
The aide to House Speaker Tim Jones who left that gun behind has resigned. The speaker's chief of staff, Tom Smith, confirmed Thursday that Dave Evans had resigned September 27.
Smith says he was satisfied with the corrective actions Evans agreed to after the incident but that Evans thought it was best for him to step down.
A 2011 Missouri law allows elected officials and their employees to carry concealed firearms inside the Capitol if they have permits.
An independent audit of St. Louis County operations shows Edward Mueth collected $3.4 million from the St. Louis County Health Department before killing himself last month.
Mueth shot himself the day before he was to meet with his bosses at the County Health Department to discuss invoicing irregularities regarding his company, Gateway Technical Solutions.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's still not clear what goods and services Mueth's company actually delivered to the health department over a six year period.
The audit, delivered to the County Council Thursday, found that the county had approved equipment purchases and leases from Gateway Technical Solutions at prices that were well above retail.
The audit had been commissioned before Mueth's scam came to light. A police investigation into Mueth's financial dealings with the Health Department is ongoing.
Monarch firefighters are back in the pink after a compromise was reached over fundraiser tee shirts.
The district board had banned the Breast Cancer Awareness shirts over concerns that they didn't properly identify the firefighters as Monarch employees and objections to the union logo.
The board decided Tuesday that pink shirts would be okay, if they were redesigned.
That didn't happen. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that on Wednesday, Fire Chief Tom Vineyard and board president Robin Harris worked out a deal. The firefighters can wear the tee shirts with the union logo, but they must also wear an ID badge.