MetroSource News 06/24/2013
Illinois Summary

>>Illinois Lawmakers Take A Pay Cut

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois lawmakers are taking a pay cut.  Governor Quinn has approved a measure that requires state reps and senators to take 12 furlough days next fiscal year, starting July 1st.  Lawmakers make about 68-thousand dollars a year, not including the extra cash they get for leadership positions.  State Rep Michelle Mussman, from Schaumburg, says taking the pay cut will show people they're doing their part to help get the budget under control.  Right now the state still has billions of dollars-worth of unpaid bills and a 97-billion dollar underfunded pension system.

>>Man Out On Bond After His Kid Dies In Hot Car

(O'Fallon, IL)  --  An O'Fallon man is out of jail after allegedly leaving his son in a hot car, which led to his death.   Wayne Hubert allegedly put his 23-month year old son in the car around 2:30 last Thursday afternoon, while it was 90-degrees outside.  He'd planned on taking the kid to the park but he went back inside the home, got distracted, allegedly started drinking, and passed out.  The child's mother discovered his lifeless body in the car about 5:00 that evening.  Hubert was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering a child.   

>>Would Be Robber Injured In Mall Shooting

(Oak Brook, IL)  --  One man is injured after a shooting at Oak Brook Mall, just outside Chicago.  According to reports, a security guard shot the man in the abdomen yesterday as he and two others were trying to rob the C.D. Peacock Jewelry Store.   The man allegedly walked into the store just before 4:00p.m. and busted the jewelry casings with a sledge hammer.  When the security guard asked him to drop the sledge hammer, the man refused and charged at the guard, forcing the guard to shoot.  The other two suspects got away in a stolen SUV.

>>Twinkies To Hit Stores Next Month

(Undated)  --  Hostess Twinkies are making the sweetest comeback ever.  That's the tag line the company is using to re-launch its popular cream-filled cakes next month.  Company officials say they'll the cakes should hit shelves in Illinois and across the nation as early as July 15th.  Cupcakes and Donettes are also making a comeback.  Officials say the treats will taste the same.

>>Gas Prices Dip, But Stay Steady

(Undated)  --  The price of gas is down slightly in Illinois.  The average price at the pump state-wide is about three-dollars-94-cents a gallon.  According to Triple-A, that's six cents lower than it was in June.   Customers in Tucson, Arizona are enjoying the lowest price at three-24,  while Chicago drivers are paying a hefty four-23 per gallon.

Nicole Wilson/jm IL) STL) MO) SCC)

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