With murder up 58 percent this year in the city, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson faced questions about whether his redistricting plan has spread officers too thin.
The latest crime statistics for the city of St. Louis were reported Monday evening and show homicides are up 58.6 percent.
In a surprise move, Alderman Joe Vaccaro announced he won’t be holding anymore hearings on the bill this summer.
Ikea’s U.S division is raising the minimum wage for the second year in a row as the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain looks to improve its relations with workers and reduce worker turnover.
City Alderman Shane Cohn has filed a substitute that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $8.25 immediately, which would match Illinois.
The 37 percent increase is blamed on banks repossessing homes that were in the foreclosure process.
Illinois transportation officials say that work to increase rail speeds to 110 mph will mean service changes for some Amtrak trains between Chicago and St. Louis.
The number of Illinois police departments tracing guns has risen from 392 two years ago to 451 now. Last year, 11,500 crime guns in Illinois were traced, and 6,200 have been so far this year.
Mayor Slay has announced his plans to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour in St. Louis by 2020.
Slay spokeswoman Maggie Crane on Tuesday confirmed that the Democratic mayor wants to raise the city’s minimum. A starting point for discussion is $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2020, Crane said, but details are still being ironed out.