Homeless woman charged with attempted armed robbery
A 27-year-old woman is accused of trying to rob the Caseyville Mini Mart in June. Police say she had been in hiding since becoming a suspect; U.S. Marshals took her into custody on Wednesday. She is currently in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Get more details here.
Rauner makes changed to Illinois marijuana laws
Gov. Rauner used his veto powers to chang the law that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and the medical marijuana law. Rauner says he supports the decriminalization bill, but “any change must be made carefully and incrementally.” Get more details here.
Construction worker killed in power lines accident
A Germantown man who was working on scaffolding in Alhambra died Thursday when he came into contact with live power lines. An autopsy was planned for later Friday to determine the official cause of death. Get more details here.
Illinois State Fair opens despite no state budget
Seven weeks into the budget crisis, Gov. Bruce Rauner opened the Illinois State Fair, brushing off questions about whether the annual even should open because the state is financing much of it on credit. This is all about celebrating the great state of Illinois and all that makes us proud,” Rauner said. Get more details here.
U.S. Embassy in Cuba reopens
The U.S. flag was raised above the country’s embassy in Havana on Friday for the first time in 54 years. The Cuban-American delegation in Congress said the event was “raising the white flag of surrender to all the principle of the United States.” Get more details here.
Greece gets massive bailout
The 19-nation euro single currency group approved the first 26 billion euros ($29 billion) to help bailout Greece. Ten billion euros will be paid immediately while the rest will be paid in installments, starting by Aug. 20, when Greece must make a new debt payment to the Europen Central Bank. Get more details here.