Illinois lawmakers are criticizing the cost of renovations at the state capitol. The price tag for the upgrades in Springfield are approaching $50-million. The Chicago Sun Times reports the cost includes $80-thousand sculptures and chandeliers and $670-thousand copper-plated wooden doors. Democrats and Republicans alike are now questioning the bidding process and Republican Representative Jim Durkin says, "I'm embarrassed to say that this went on without anyone's knowledge that I'm aware of. And we have some egg on our face." The renovation is being funded by construction bonds that were part of a $31-billion capital construction plan approved by the Legislature.
Traffic scofflaws now have a chance to avoid jail time. Later this week, Maplewood and Richmond Heights will offer three warrant amnesty days for traffic offenders. Starting on Thursday and running through Saturday, people with traffic warrants can personally appear and simply pay a $200 bond. Your court date will then be rescheduled. Hours and locations of where to go to clear your name can be found on our website at ktrs.com.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Maplewood Cases: 7601 Manchester. Maplewood, MO 63143. (314) 646-3628
Richmond Heights: 7447 Dale. Richmond Heights, MO 63117. (314) 645-1982 ext. 3
Big news for Elton John fans. The Rocket Man himself will be performing in St. Louis this November. Sir Elton and his band will take the stage at Chaifetz Arena November 24th. It's all part of 13-city tour that will feature hits from John's five-decade long career. Tickets go on sale September 16th at 10am. No word yet on how much those tickets will set you back.
The Mercantile Library will feature an exhibit of one of the rarest books in North America. Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640, still exist. It will be sold at auction at Sotheby's in November. The pre-sale auction estimate is between 15 and 30 million dollars. In addition to the book, other early New England imprints, maps and prints will be on display. The public exhibit for the Bay Psalm Book is this Friday, September 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Mercantile Library is located on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis.