The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate increased to 8.9 percent in May. That's up from 8.7 percent just a month earlier and the first monthly increase since January 2010.
The department said Thursday in its monthly release on the statewide unemployment picture that:
City aldermen, including Craig Schmid, Shane Cohn, and Marlene Davis, survey the proposed new wards in the city of St. Louis. The map cleared its first hurdle on Thursday, getting unanimous committee approval.
The Illinois Supreme Court calls it "absurd" to let inmates earn money in prison and then take it away to pay the cost of keeping them behind bars.
The court dismissed a lawsuit in which the Department of Corrections tried to take $11,000 from the savings of convicted murderer Kensley Hawkins. He saved the money working at a furniture-assembly job at a Joliet prison.
Army Corps to Begin Immediate Repairs to Mississippi River Levee
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Mississippi River levee during flooding earlier this spring.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, who ordered the breach in early May, said the levee in southeast Missouri will be rebuilt at three breach points. The corps breached the levee to relieve pressure on the floodwall at nearby Cairo, Ill., which spared the town from being flooded but inundated about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.
Today on St. Louis on the Air, we got a little peek at what Ira Glass fans can expect this weekend at Powell Hall. The voice behind PRI’s This American Life will recreate moments from the show live on stage with the distinctive sounds, voices, and music TAL fans have come to know-- but there won’t be any fancy mixing console or many recognizable radio props on stage. Glass says, “I’ll run it all from my iPad."
Theft of material like copper tubing that can be sold for scrap pushed burglaries in St. Louis city up 11 percent from last year, though St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says increased manpower has reversed an upward trend.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen said billions of dollars more will be needed once full Army Corps of Engineers estimates are in for repairing breached levees and other flood control projects damaged by this year's devastating storms and floods.