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   CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn claims Illinois has added 80,000 jobs through foreign firms since he took office, but some economists say he can't take all the credit.

   The Chicago Democrat released new jobs figures while in Japan for a conference with other governors and business executives. He returns on Tuesday.

   Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Sandra Jones says Quinn's figures come from a report from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. That's a New Jersey-based credit reporting service for businesses. The figures are from 2009's end to earlier this year.

   University of Illinois economist Fred Giertz says the increase is possible, but much of it is automatic. He says international companies want to do business in Illinois and some will whether an elected official pushes it or not.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 02:01
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   A nonprofit agency that had wanted to build a youth group home in Brentwood is already looking for sites in neighboring communities after the Board of Aldermen voted down the project Monday night.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Patrick Kelly had tried to win support for the Boys Hope Girls Hope home before the thumbs down vote on a zoning change and land use permit.  

   The group had wanted to demolish adjacent homes in the 8800 block of  Madge Avenue -- one vacant , the other a rental -- and build residence halls for 20 boys and girls along with offices for the nonprofit's 14 employees.

  Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.  More information about the non-profit group can be found on their website.  

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 01:24
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   The body of a fisherman who fell into the Missouri River in Franklin County Sunday has been recovered.  Highway Patrol Sergeant Chris Patton says the body of 40 year old Scott Shockley was found about two miles from where he had entered the river.

   Authorities say Shockley fell into the water near Berger, Missouri about 8:30 Sunday morning after becoming tangled in his trout line.  

   One of his two sons dove in to help, but Shockley was pulled away by the river's swift current.

   Officials say Shockley had been spending the weekend on the river camping and fishing with family and friends.

 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 01:14
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Two men are accused of shooting and killing a man outside of an East St. Louis nightclub.

Police say Dameon Floore and Torcus Boone killed Kenneth Richards in the parking lot of Denese's Place. Floore is in police custody and held on $9,000,000 bail.

Boone remains at large and is reportedly in the metro east. Police say Boone should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about their location should call the Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Monday, 09 September 2013 16:32
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former top St. Louis parks officials face December federal sentencing now that they've admitted stealing nearly half a million dollars from the city since 2005.

Thomas "Dan" Stritzel, the city's 43-year-old chief park ranger, and the deputy parks commissioner, 55-year-old Joseph Vacca, each pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud involving the theft of roughly $465,000.

A May indictment alleged that from January 2005 through the end of last year, Stritzel and Vacca used false or inflated invoices to funnel the pilfered city funds through sham companies. Prosecutors say they spent the money on vehicles, paying off credit card debt, and other expenses.

They each face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each count.

Court records show Vacca filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

 

Monday, 09 September 2013 14:16
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says officials violated state law by requiring driver's license clerks to make electronic copies of applicants' personal documents.

Schweich released an analysis Monday concluding the Department of Revenue broke state law by implementing the policy last December without publishing a formal rule change.

That policy ended in July as a result of a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. But Schweich had been asked in April by senators to look into the policy.

The auditor's office says the document scanning policy did not technically violate a separate state law prohibiting Missouri from amending its procedures to comply with the federal Real ID proof-of-identity law. But had the department published a rule, Schweich said it would have violated the anti-Real ID law.

 

Monday, 09 September 2013 14:10
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During his verbal sparring with Texas governor Rick Perry, Missouri  Governor Nixon said states shouldn't be poaching business from each other, but should be looking to foreign markets to bolster their economies. It appears his Illinois colleague would agree.

Governor Pat Quinn has released some figures about the Illinois economy during his trip to Japan. Quinn's office says more than 2,000 foreign-owned businesses employ more than 350,000 people in Illinois. State officials say Japan and the United Kingdom are the top contributors. That number has gone up about 70 thousand positions since 2009.  

Quinn has been in Japan since Friday with his trip scheduled to end Tuesday.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily has turned himself in on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.

In a 3 1/2-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admits that he killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani, of Gahanna, on June 22. He says in the video that he will plead guilty and take full responsibility.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the 22-year-old Powell man faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

Cordle surrendered at Franklin County Jail on Monday and has an arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.

Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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More than two dozens vehicles were broken into near LouFest over the weekend.

Police say thieves targeted a total of 29 vehicles on Sunday. Most of the vehicles were parked in the 5100 block of Clayton. Owners reported various electronics were taken. Police say the thefts occurred in the evening, with the majority concentrated between 9 and 10 PM.

The musical festival was held in the park on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, 09 September 2013 13:28
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A Carlinville, Illinois bar owner ended up in the hospital after an attack last week.

Deborah Borre, the owner of Hollywood and Vine, was closing shop Friday night, when Jamal Zollicoffer allegedly attacked her. After the beating, Borre drove the police station to report the incident. She was taken to the hospital.

Police caught Zollicoffer and prosecutors filed robbery and assault charges against him. He is held on a $75,000 bond.

 

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