Ameren Illinois spokesman says total dropped 10,000 by noon Sunday.
Riverbend Humane Society in Jerseyville owner Frank Anderson says that because of the tough economy, the shelter has been taking in large numbers of animals.
“What we’re looking at today are school districts who have no rainy day funds, no money in the bank, the property tax is flat.”
Election judges will resume counting ballots in Alton Wednesday as a couple of write-in candidates are giving the incumbent mayor a run for his job.
St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney says his office is holding on to nearly 400 absentee ballots that he believes are fraudulent.
East St. Louis had the highest unemployment rate, 16.6 percent, up from 15.8 percent in February of 2012.
The jobless rate dropped or was flat in five areas, including Illinois’ St. Louis suburbs.
“We don’t have nearly enough, not even close to enough, police officers in the Metro East,” he said.
A planned power outage in the town Sunday night allowed air to get into the water lines at the high school which blocked some of the heat.
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