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WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's received a phone call from President Barack Obama after fatal storms hit Obama's home state.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Monday that Quinn received the call on his cellphone while touring damage in the central Illinois community of Washington. The community was among the hardest hit. The White House confirmed the call, saying Obama relayed concern and expressed gratitude for the responders.
Quinn gave Obama an update on the damage, relief efforts and emergency response. Quinn was with Washington Mayor Gary Manier, who also spoke to Obama.
Authorities say six people died in Sunday's storms when tornadoes flattened homes and caused severe damage. So far seven counties have been declared state disaster areas.
Chesterfield police have located an elderly man reported missing Monday evening. The Endangered SILVER advisory has been cancelled.
Police had issued the advisory after 93 year old Sam Esgro didn't return home from a trip to Culvers on Chesterfield Airport Road. Employees at the ice cream shop had told police that Esgro seemed confused when he stopped there about 6 p.m.
Police say Esgro was located overnight in Earth City.
A series of meeting start tomorrow. The purpose? To allow the public to discuss the feasibility of a city-county merger.
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 PM at the Cheshire Inn and will feature Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley. The group hosting the mmetings is Better Together. They describe themselves as a non-partisan effort to collect information on a possible merger.
St. Louis City and County have had separate governments since 1876, that is when the city broke away from the county. Better Together's sponsored meetings will run for the next 16 months.
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