SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately.
Mary Shepard and the National Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois. Shepard's motion says gun owners should not have to wait to carry because of Illinois lawmakers' "procrastination."
A federal appeals court ruled in December that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to continue prohibiting concealed carry. But lawmakers finally adopted a plan Tuesday - the court's deadline. Now the Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system and three months to approve or deny applications after that.
The motion notes the ban remains in effect until then.
St. Louis County cell phone retailers are invited to a cell phone theft forum tomorrow.
The St. Louis County Police Department is holding the event in response to the recent string of smash-and-grab store robberies. Retailers are invited to attend Thursday at 4PM in the Grace Union Church in the 3900 block of Union.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is using his veto power to try and suspend state lawmakers' pay because of their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis.
The Chicago Democrat is announcing the news Wednesday. He says there'll be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done.
The Associated Press obtained details of the plan before Wednesday's announcement.
Quinn's using his line-item veto power in a budget bill that's on his desk. Lawmakers have to approve his changes.
The bill gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn's announcement comes a day after he said there would be consequences for lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul plan by Tuesday's deadline.
The state has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability, the worst of any state.
The flags are at half-staff in Fairview Heights after a man known for his community service was struck and killed while riding his bicycle Wednesday morning.
Sixty-two year old Phil Lubeck was named citizen of the year in 2011 by the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce. He was a fixture on the town’s Homecoming Committee and volunteered at Grace Church.
Police say Lubeck was struck along Route 159 when he turned into the path of an oncoming car. He was rushed to a hospital where he died.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois public health officials say they've found the season's first West Nile-positive bird in southwestern Illinois.
The Monroe County starling's test results come two months after the state found the year's first mosquitoes with the virus.
The agency's director says that means it's "only a matter of time" until the illness is found in humans this season.
The first mosquitoes carrying West Nile were found in May in Cook County. Since then, West Nile's been found in animals in a total of 17 counties.
Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state's counties and nearly 300 people contracted the illness. Twelve died.
This year's spring flooding caused an increase in mosquitoes - both the kind that carry the virus and those that don't.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed seven bills dealing with the military and veterans.
Nixon was promoting four of the measures Wednesday during events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.
One of the bills could help veterans qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at Missouri's public colleges and universities immediately after they leave the military.
Veterans with an honorable or general discharge will be required to "demonstrate presence and declare residency" to receive in-state tuition. Students currently must live in Missouri for 12 consecutive months, obtain a Missouri driver's license and earn at least $2,000 during a 12-month period.
Other newly signed measures are designed to help the state treasurer identify the owners of military medals that are unclaimed property and deal with voting by those overseas and in the military.
Two students and a construction worker were taken to the hospital after a chemical leak at Hazelwood East High School.
Around 10:40 AM, a Police resource officer noticed a strange odor. All students attended summer school were evacuated while the source of the odor was located. Fire crews are on site and expect to have the investigation completed by 2PM.
No word on the condition of the three hospitalized victims.
MoDOT has chosen a company to build the pedestrian lid over I-70 downtown. The Park Over the Highway project has been awarded to KCI Construction Company, who put in a winning bid of $26.4 million. It was the lowest of six bids submitted for the project, which will connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis. Construction is expected to begin in August, and is a scheduled to be completed by July 2015. Construction will start near the Martin Luther King Bridge, then move to Walnut Street.
METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel is firing up its production again after a yearlong shutdown due to federally requested upgrades.
The Honeywell plant in Metropolis was scheduled to resume operations Wednesday. That comes a little more than a week after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave the green light for the plant to again refine raw uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride. That's later processed into fuel for commercial power reactors.
The plant has been closed since May of last year after the commission ordered Honeywell to make the site able to withstand an earthquake or tornado. The plant also had to revise its emergency response plans for natural disasters.
The company in recent months has been hiring back workers, among other things, to get them retrained.
The Crestwood Court Mall will soon be shuttering its doors for good. The 55-year-old mall, the oldest in St. Louis County, now has a sign on the door telling patrons that it will be closed for good on Thursday. Lens Crafters is the only store that will remain open. They have a separate entrance to the mall. Centrum Partners is the Chicago-based developer that owns Crestwood Court. Last year they proposed a $100-million plan to convert the area into an entertainment district, but the city Crestwood says the asking price of $34 million in tax increment financing is too steep a price.