East St. Louis sued by police, fire pension funds

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – Police and firefighter pension funds in East St. Louis are suing the cash-strapped city over millions in missed payments. The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1OyakcY ) reports that the city owes the firefighters fund $2.46 million and the police fund $1.21 million. City Manager Alvin Parks Jr. says that East St.…

House OKs releasing local funding with additional money

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois House has endorsed a partial spending plan that frees up $1.9 billion for local governments, but also adds money for public safety in a compromise with Gov. Bruce Rauner. Language that releases already-collected tax money for cities and counties for road upkeep and emergency-dispatch services passed Wednesday and moves…

UPDATED: California police respond to shooter report

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – 2:30 p.m. PT:┬áPolice say the attackers who killed an estimated 14 people at a Southern California social services center came prepared with long guns. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan declined to say what kind of weapons they used at the Inland Regional Center. Burguan says a motive wasn’t yet…