EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - East St. Louis officials and a local firefighters union say they've reached a deal that will avert layoffs of nearly one-third of the city's fire department.
Terms of the deal reached Tuesday between the city and the International Association of Firefighters Union Local 23 weren't disclosed.
But Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1gKk3L2 ) that it spares having to lay off 16 of the city's more than 50 firefighters, at least through the end of the year. He says it's commendable that both sides worked out a creative solution.
The union local's president, Brandon Walls, wouldn't discuss the details but says he's glad no one will be laid off.
The layoffs were expected because of the city's budget issues.
The consequences of the federal government shutdown could ultimately have an effect on the health and safety of St. Louisans.
Missouri's attorney general Chris Koster has joined the call for federal regulators to proceed with required testing of a St. Louis County landfill that's been halted by the budget and debt ceiling stalemate.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decided to delay testing at the Bridgeton Landfill until federal funding for the work is enacted. There has been an underground fire burning at the landfill which is adjacent to the West Lake Landfill where radioactive waste is buried.
Chris Koster's office released a letter yesterday asking the EPA to reconsider its decision to delay testing.
Police in Richmond Heights continue their search for a bank robber who held up a US Bank inside a Schnucks store on Clayton Rd. yesterday morning.
The robber approached a teller at about 10:15, and though he did not display a weapon, he did threaten harm.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 60's, 6 feet tall, with salt and pepper facial hair. He was last seen wearing a green plaid flannel shirt, jeans, and white shoes.
He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. A $1,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers (866-371-TIPS).
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has $2.9 million in his 2014 campaign fund - more than all four of his Republican rivals combined.
Reports filed with the state late Tuesday show the Chicago Democrat raised about $813,000 during the three-month period ending Sept. 30. He has no major challenger in the March primary since Bill Daley abandoned his bid.
Four Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination.
Billionaire businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) raised about $1 million during the third quarter. But he spent $1.1 million, leaving him with about $594,000.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) raised about $337,000 and finished the period with about $1.2 million.
State Sen. Bill Brady raised $66,000 and had about $273,000 on hand.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard brought in about $314,000 and finished with about $205,000.