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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan raised more than $800,000 in political funds compared to $565,000 for Gov. Pat Quinn in the first three months of the year.

Madigan is a potential Democratic primary challenger to Quinn. Madigan says she has not yet decided whether to take on the governor next spring.

Campaign finance reports filed with the state Elections Board show Madigan spent $77,000 during the first quarter and had $4.4 million in the bank on April 1. Quinn spent $119,000 and had $1.5 million on hand.

Among possible Republican candidates, businessman Bruce Rauner's (ROW'-nerz) exploratory committee raised more than $1 million and already has taken in $91,000 in large donations since April 1.

GOP Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROO'-ther-ferd) raised $300,000 and had $740,000 in the bank.

 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:36
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A registered sex offender in St. Charles County has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to more sex crimes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 54-year-old Dennis Lee Noack of St. Charles was sentenced Monday to three life terms for statutory sodomy and child molestation. The sentences will run concurrently.

The three victims ranged in age from 7 to 16.

Noack was previously convicted of sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl in a 2000 case, and sentenced to 179 days in jail.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:30
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A bad turn in their Smart car plunges two men into the Mississippi River this morning.

They were able to escape on their own but but were helped up the riverbank near Mullanphy Street north of downtown by rescue workers just after 10 a.m.

Both were treated at the scene by paramedics, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. One had his arm put in a sling by rescue workers.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports officials say it appeared the men were trying to turn the vehicle around when they backed over the embankment and into the water.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:19
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ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois motorist is accused of being impaired when he allegedly hit and killed a bicyclist in the Mississippi River city of Alton.

Prosecutors in Madison County on Monday charged 51-year-old Allen Cordes of Alton with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing death.

Authorities allege that Cordes was drunk and high on marijuana last Saturday night when the van he was driving hit 50-year-old Alton cyclist James Stewart. Stewart died at the scene.

Online court records don't show whether Cordes has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

Cordes was jailed Tuesday on $75,000 bond.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:53
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Lighting up a joint may not land a pot smoker in the joint anymore in St. Louis city. 

The Board of Aldermen voted 22-3 Monday to reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of the drug.  Alderman Shane Cohn introduced the ordinance that would reduce the penalty for carrying pot to a municipal offense. That means police officers would not be required to arrests offenders, but could just issue a summons to municipal court. 

The bill, which was introduced earlier this year by Alderman Shane Cohn, also enables police to recognize patients with “valid legal prescriptions for medicinal marijuana.” State law does not recognize so-called medicinal marijuana.

Violators would typically be given a summons to appear in municipal court instead of handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. Police currently charge marijuana offenders under more harsh state laws because no local law is on the books. 

Currently under state law, first offenders who are caught with a small amount of marijuana — from a gram to 35 grams— are given a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second offense for possession of more than 35 grams is considered a felony.

The penalty for a violation of the proposed city ordinance would be a $100-$500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 07:52
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Officials at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign and Urbana say they will meet to talk about security ahead of their April 27 event after explosions at the Boston Marathon.

 

Jan Seeley is the race director at the Illinois Marathon. She said Monday that some runners and their relatives are already calling with concerns. She said one woman was angry with her Monday for not immediately calling off the race. Race officials plan to meet on Wednesday.

 

Seeley says it is unlikely the Illinois Marathon will be called off. But race emergency services coordinator Scott Friedlein says security measures such as bomb-sniffing dogs will be discussed.

 

The event draws as many as 20,000 runners to a series of races at different lengths. That includes about 3,000 registered for the marathon itself.

 
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 07:18
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St. Louis-based Fleet Feet Running Stores sent a team of 11 runners to the Boston Marathon.

Director of training, Brandi Barbre tells KTRS News that they were worried about some of their runners right after the blasts. "A couple of people were a few hours late, because they were actually crossing the finish line right when, kind of, the explosions went off.  As far as health-wise, they're safe and back in their hotel.  And they way I understand it, ready to come home."

 

The Fleet Feet runners, like many in the area around the blast zone, were locked down inside their hotel for the night.  The company says the runners are making arrangements to come home later Tuesday.

Veteran St. Louis runner and coach, Flavia Beretta Bader says, "at one moment I was celebrating a great day of running and in a second it turned tragic, the worst thing I've ever seen." 

Two large race organizers in St. Louis, Go! St. Louis and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, both responded to Monday’s explosions in Boston.

Two weekends ago thousands lined the streets of downtown St. Louis to run the Go! St. Louis Marathon.

Go! workers issued a statement expressing sadness by Monday's events. They said they also understand the tremendous effort it takes to hold a marathon especially when it comes to ensuring the safety of runners and spectators.

 

 
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 06:51
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Police say a diabetic seizure may have been behind the accident that killed a baby and injured it's mother at a Metro Bus Stop in Northwoods Monday afternoon.  

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the driver of the car, 41-year old Larry Jones, may have blacked out just before crashing his car in the 6900 block of Natural Bridge.

Witnesses say the car suddenly veered across the street, hit a light post and then crashed into a Metro Bus.  

39-year old Erica Hughes and her infant daughter, Alyja Hughes had been waiting for the bus.  The infant died at the hospital.  Both Jones and Hughes are hospitalized in serious condition.

 
 
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 06:41
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The race between St. Louis Premium Outlets and Taubman Prestige Outlets is heating up again.

St. Louis Premium Outlets released the list of retailers setting up shop at the Chesterfield location. Some of the stores include Armani, J. Crew, and Under Armour. The Premium Outlets and Taubman should both be open for business by August and it is good news for St. Louis--the city is the only metro area in the nation without an outlet mall. 

List of stores opening in Chesterfield:

Adidas

Aldo

Ann Taylor Factory Store

Armani Outlet

Asics

Bath & Body Works

BCBG Max Azria

Brooks Brothers Factory Store

Carter’s

Charlotte Russe

Christopher & Banks

Claire’s Accessories

Clarks Bostonian

Coach

Cole Haan

Converse

Crabtree & Evelyn

Direct Tools Factory Outlet

DKNY

Easy Spirit

Elie Tahari

Famous Footwear Outlet

Famous Wok

Finish Line

Fragrance Outlet

G.H. Bass & Co.

Gap Outlet

Gold Toe

Great Wraps

Gymboree Outlet

Haggar Clothing Co.

HanesBrands

Hot Topic

Icing by Claire’s

J.Crew

Jockey

Jones New York

Jos. A. Bank

Kate Spade New York

Kay Jewelers

Kitchen Collection

Lane Bryant Outlet

Levi’s Outlet Store

Lids

Loft Outlet

Maidenform

MaxStudio.com

Michael Kors

Motherhood Maternity

Naturalizer

Nike Factory Store

Nine West Outlet

OshKosh B’gosh

PacSun

Rack Room Shoes

Reebok

Rue21

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th

Samsonite

Sarar

Skechers

Sperry Top-Sider

St. John Outlet

Sunglass Hut

Sunglass Warehouse

The Luggage Factory

Tommy Hilfiger

Toys”R”Us Outlet

Ultra Diamonds

Under Armour

Van Heusen

Vera Bradley

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen

Wetzel’s Pretzels

Wilsons Leather

Yankee Candle

 

Monday, 15 April 2013 19:31
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he has reached out to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed two and injured many others.

He says nothing suggests there any connections to Illinois or Chicago. But the Chicago Democrat says Illinois must be on the alert.

Quinn characterized the explosions as "a potential terrorist incident" but said more facts need to come out.

Federal officials say two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon on Monday. Two people died and.

Quinn says he has directed all state public safety agencies, including Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Military Affairs and the State Fire Marshal to be ready to assist and remain vigilant. He also asks Illinoisans to report anything suspicious.

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