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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the Legislature approved in May.

The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed to 25,000 state workers.

Another $40.5 million was requested for the Illinois Department of Corrections and $31 million for the Department of Human Services and state police to help implement the state's new concealed carry law. The state's Emergency Management Agency wants $6 million to help cover April flooding.

Lawmakers heard some spending requests during the fall session that began last week but have yet to vote on them.

 

Monday, 28 October 2013 12:18
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Missouri State House Members, St. Louis Aldermen, economists and fast-food workers are all at St. Louis city hall today to discuss the issue of fast-food workers forced onto public assistance due to low wages.

The group is hoping some policy solutions will result from such meetings.

The hearing comes just weeks after researchers at the University of California-Berkeley released a report showing that low-wage, fast-food jobs cost Missourians nearly $150 million every year in public assistance.

The workers want that burden taken off the taxpayers and put on the shoulders of their employers. Workers want higher wages so they don't have to rely on public programs, like food stamps, to survive.  

According to the UC-Berkeley report, McDonald's employees throughout the country use $1.2 billion in public assistance each year.  That is the most used by employees of a fast-food chain.

Monday, 28 October 2013 10:05
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The new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is taking office today. 

Justice Rita Garman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to the seven-member court.

She is the first of the state's top jurists to serve in virtually every judicial capacity on the circuit, appellate and Supreme courts.

Garman is the 119th chief justice and the second woman to hold the post.  She has been a judge since 1974 and begn her legal career with the Vermilion County Legal Aid Society.

She's replacing Justice Thomas Kilbride who served three years as chief justice. He resumes his associate justice post.

  

Monday, 28 October 2013 09:11
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The price of a gallon of regular gas has tumbled by double-digits in St. Louis this week.  

According to GasBuddy.com, the average gallon has fallen nearly 17 cents in the past week, averaging $2.94 a gallon on Sunday.  

GasBuddy.com conducts daily surveys of nearly one-thousand gas outlets in St. Louis.  

The national average has fallen about 6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30 per gallon of regular.

The price per gallon in St. Louis is about 20 cents lower than the same day one year ago and about 23 cents lower than one month ago. 

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