Mother, Aunt in Staged Kidnapping Set for Thursday Court Hearing

Authorities say the boy’s mother, grandmother and aunt planned the ruse to scare him because they believed he was too nice to people.


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St. Charles Co. School Safety Plan Includes Bullet Resistant Windows, Security Cameras

Other ideas, like police officers in every school, deemed too costly.



Illinois to Decide on Essential Health Benefits

As the presidential election focuses on President Barack Obama’s national health care overhaul, Illinois has been inching toward implementing the law.


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Joplin Unveils Tornado Anniversary Plans

A community walk through Joplin’s tornado-ravaged neighborhoods will mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly May 22 tornado.


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Quinn Hopes For Gambling Expansion in 2012

The governor says he sticks by his framework for a scaled-down gambling expansion plan that calls for five new casinos, but does not allow slot machines at race tracks.


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UPDATE: Repairs to Federal Courthouse Could Reach $10M

Officials said the work should be completed by next summer.


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Ameren Offers Early Retirement to 715 Employees

“like everyone, we are tightening our belts during this challenging economic period by taking prudent, proactive steps to efficiently and effectively manage our costs.”


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Army Corps To Hold Meetings On Missouri River Plan

Corps could face sharp criticism from those unhappy with management strategy in 2011.


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Small Plane Lands in Southern Illinois Farm

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the emergency landing in southern Illinois of a small airplane piloted by a Missouri man.