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   CHICAGO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Kirk Dillard has chosen state Rep. Jil Tracy as his running mate.

   Dillard announced his lieutenant governor pick late Monday on Instagram with a video message.

   Tracy is a Quincy Republican who first took office in 2006 and is a member of the bipartisan pension panel tasked with trying to find a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension problem.

   Dillard is set to make the announcement official Tuesday with a statewide tour, including stops in Quincy, Springfield and Rockford. Tuesday is the first day candidate petitions can be circulated

   It's the first year lieutenant governor candidates will run with governor candidates on the same ticket.

   Also Monday, Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced his running mate is Chicago attorney Steve Kim.

   

 
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:29
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NEW YORK (AP) - Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering.

 

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

 

The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.

 

Dealers will inspect the cars and may replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and if necessary resecure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

 

States included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

 

Owners in other states can also ask for inspections and repairs.

Monday, 02 September 2013 15:44
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As he continues commemorating Labor Day in his state, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he supports President Obama's approach when it comes to U.S. involvement in Syria.

The President announced over the weekend that he will seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime. Congress returns to Washington on September 9. Governor Quinn said Sunday that he trusts the President.

Quinn's Democratic challenger Bill Daly also says he agrees with Obama's decision to take the matter to Congress. Daly says Obama has been criticized for not taking action and now it's time for him to act.

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The annual Ride of the Century that draws motorcyclists from across the county is in its last day.

And bikers' activities kept authorities busy. Heading into Sunday, two riders had died, police have made 15 arrests, and 25 motorcycles have been confiscated. Police handled the ride differently this year. Officers were stationed along roads and highways frequented in years past. Police would stop every biker and and ask for license and registration. The 25 confiscated bikes were taken for riders performing stunts or not have current registration.

The most common problems reported by residents were motorcycles going on sidewalks and bikers running red lights.

Two riders died over the weekend; one in south St. Louis and the other in St. Charles County.

 

Monday, 02 September 2013 13:37
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Credit unions in Missouri are increasingly offering attention-grabbing promotions like free gas or new mobile apps to lure customers in a crowded banking environment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that First Missouri Credit Union employees gave out $4,000 in free gas this past week at a south St. Louis County Petro Mart. Cars lined up for hours in advance.

It was part of a larger effort by nearly 40 credit unions and community banks in Missouri and other states to persuade people to switch from larger national banks.

Credit unions are nonprofit cooperatives that are owned by their members. Most have opened up their memberships and are no longer restricted to a single industry

 

Monday, 02 September 2013 13:36
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Lee's Summit man whose life sentence and murder conviction in a 1983 prison stabbing were overturned by the state Supreme Court says state prosecutors continue to withhold evidence.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in August 2011 that the state didn't disclose evidence tying another Moberly prison inmate to a weapon likely used to attack James Bausley.

The court threw out 53-year-old Reggie Griffin's conviction before Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman and the state Attorney General's Office quickly decided to file new murder charges.

Griffin was released on bond last year after initially receiving a death sentence. His lawyers want to disqualify the Attorney General's Office over a 2006 inmate interview the state acknowledges failing to turn over.

Both Fusselman and the Attorney General's Office declined comment.

 

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CHICAGO (AP) - A seriously ill woman who'd lobbied to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois won't be eligible to get it herself because of a drug charge.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Michelle DiGiacomo won't be able to get the medicinal marijuana under the new bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month. She suffers from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal stenosis, among other things, and had been using marijuana for pain relief.

DiGiacomo got a license to buy medical marijuana in California, where it's legal. But it was still illegal in Illinois.

The 53-year-old Chicago woman was arrested in 2012 for having marijuana in her possession. She pleaded guilty to felony possession, months before Quinn signed the bill into law.

The drug charge disqualifies her from getting medical marijuana in Illinois.

 

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A man wanted in the 1984 killing of a Joplin woman has been arrested in San Diego, California.

Joplin police say FBI agents arrested 64-year-old Paul Moses on Friday on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in the killing of 62-year-old Frances Ramsey.

The Joplin Globe reports that a felony murder warrant for Moses had been on the books since shortly after Ramsey's killing. Her body was found August 11th, 1984 in an unoccupied duplex that was being remodeled.

Authorities said Moses is being held in San Diego pending extradition proceedings to bring him to Missouri. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Moses was described in court records in 1984 as a 35-year-old transient.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was killed and a woman wounded by shots fired from a vehicle that was chasing other vehicles.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened early Saturday. Police identified the man who was killed as Desmond Adair of St. Louis.

Police say the suspect was in a vehicle that chased two vehicles through city streets. The vehicle in which Adair was riding struck a pole. Occupants in the second vehicle that was being fired upon stopped and pulled Adair out. They took him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 23-year-old woman in the second vehicle was shot in the arm. She was listed in stable condition at an area hospital.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers could attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of restrictions on lawsuits from uninsured motorists.

Under the legislation, uninsured drivers forfeit the ability to collect noneconomic damages from an insured driver. That would not apply if the insured driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It also would not apply to an uninsured motorist who lost coverage within the past six months for failing to pay premiums.

Missouri requires auto insurance.

Supporters contend it could encourage people to comply with the insurance requirement and would prevent those without insurance from driving up costs for the system. Opponents say there already are penalties for driving without insurance and that the bill protects those who break the law and hurt someone.

Lawmakers consider veto overrides September 11th.

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