Governor Pat Quinn says communities like Bethalto, Belleville, and Alton are among the recipients of state OSLAD grants.
The original list of threatened towers contained 189 contract towers but the Administration was able to stave off the closure of 40 of those, leaving a final list of 149.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a letter, any review of proposed cuts would only be based on national interests.
St. Louis Regional Airport would remain open after April 1, but without air traffic controllers, thanks to FAA budget cuts.
Airfield in Bethalto, Ill. is on list of those at risk of losing FAA control tower funding.
Charges have been filed in the shooting death of 44 year-old Tabitha Milton-Rush.
Major Case Squad is looking for help in identifying victim and catching her killer.
Gage Thornton, 9, recently set what could be a world record for his age, breaking 100 straight targets at the Grand American competition.
Police have two in custody for questioning.
7,800 outages at the height, still some 3,000 without power at 8:15.