Venice, Ill. – The McKinley Bridge that connects Venice, Ill. to North St. Louis could reopen in three years.
Monday, Metro East officials announced a plan to buy the bridge from the city of Venice, and repay bondholders more than $4 million of debt. Madison and St. Clair Counties, along with the State of Illinois, will pay off the bonds.
Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Marie Lamie says the state can now take bids for repair work, which will result in major changes for bridge users.
St. Louis, MO – When inspectors discovered cracks in one of the Blanchette Bridge's main support beams earlier this year, crews put a temporary fix in place. Starting June 16, they'll install a permanent repair.
Chris Sutton with the Missouri Department of Transportation says instead of removing the cracked beam, workers will cover the cracks with steel plates and add extra beams.
"Their vehicles will be underneath the bridge. Drivers probably won't notice they're there," Sutton says.
St. Louis, MO – The cafeteria began serving food again Sunday, nine days after the hospital voluntarily shut it down. Local health officials gave the kitchen a clean bill of health. Also on Sunday, the hospital said about 90 people there tested positive for the bacterial illness. Of those, 73 are Children's Hospital workers. Fifteen of those sickened were visitors, and two were patients. The outbreak's source remains unclear.
Springfield, ILL – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he'll use special veto powers to change ethics legislation.
Blagojevich wants to create an inspector general position and an ethics commission. He also wants to ban state officials from participating in public service announcements and create an ethics hot line for state employees.
The governor says the measure lawmakers passed was a good start but not tough enough.