Something more than wins made Chris Carpenter a thrill to watch

On Saturday, Carpenter was inducted along with Joe Torre, Terry Moore and Sam Breadon into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. His 2005 Cy Young Award and franchise-best .683 winning percentage certainly had a hand in his selection. But its his appeal as a bulldog competitor that made him so compelling, especially during that 2011 post season.

One vote invalidates 563,974 in Illinois

Just one vote can make a difference, and we saw that political truism in action Thursday when the vote of one Illinois Supreme Court justice maintained the state’s corrupt balance of power and told 563,974 Illinois voters not only that their opinions did not matter but that they wouldn’t even get the opportunity to be heard.

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Three cats rescued from fire at Belleville residence

Belleville firefighters battled a blaze Sunday in the 9800 block of West Main Street. One resident, Jasmine Perkins, said she made it out of the building with her three children without any injuries. The Belleville Fire Department was on scene, along with Belleville police and multiple ambulances. It is unclear if there were any injuries.
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Three cats rescued from fire at Belleville residence 1:29

Three cats rescued from fire at Belleville residence

Local bead business is a family affair 0:54

Local bead business is a family affair

Tour the metro-east's second medical marijuana dispensary 2:39

Tour the metro-east's second medical marijuana dispensary

Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury 0:46

Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury