Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign. A fundraising appeal sent Wednesday by Akin notes he has asked both God and voters for forgiveness for comments that women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancy in cases of rape.
Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that provides an extra layer of oversight for four troubled police departments in the Metro East.
East St. Louis, Alorton, Washington Park and Brooklyn will still operate as stand-alone departments. But the new Metro East Police District will oversee their funding and set new ethical standards - things Governor Quinn called essential.