It will likely be months before members of the public can get the opioid overdose antidote naloxone at Missouri pharmacies without a prescription.

A new state law expanding access to the live-saving drug went into effect Sunday, but according to Missouri Pharmacy Association CEO Ron Fitzwater the state’s pharmacy board still has to create rules based on the law.

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Accessing life insurance benefits in Illinois will be easier, thanks to a new website and state law signed Friday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

What happens if a family grieving the loss of a loved one is owed life insurance money, but doesn't make a claim for it? In cases, the insurance companies held onto the money.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: August 29, 2016

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Gas prices have generally increased across the state.

According to AAA, average Rockford-area prices are at $2.23 per gallon. That's a dime more than a week ago but almost fifty cents less than a year ago.

It's also ten cents less than the state average, which is currently at $2.34 per gallon. The national average is at $2.22 per gallon.

Danville and Decatur have the lowest prices per gallon in the state at $2.14. Chicago is the highest at $2.67 per gallon.

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Corn may be ubiquitous in DeKalb County, but it isn't immune to external threats.

A sample from a corn field recently tested positive for bacterial leaf streak. DeKalb is the first county in Illinois to have a USDA-verified case of the disease.

It’s similar to symptoms of gray leaf spots – which farmers come across frequently – except bacterial leaf streak cannot be treated with fungicides.

Tourism Dollars In Northern Illinois: A Closer Look

Aug 27, 2016

Tourism contributed $3 billion to Illinois in 2015.  That's according to preliminary numbers released by the US Travel Association.    Northern Illinois captured a decent portion of that money, but four counties in particular stand out. 

The Suburbs

At $458 million, Kane County captured the greatest share of tourist dollars.  Lula Cassidy of the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau says the area benefits from many Chicago visitors.  St. Charles in particular makes up half of the county’s hotel tax receipts.

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Officials with the Teacher’s Retirement System made a decision today that could add another $421 million to Illinois’ annual pension costs.

After more than an hour of listening to actuaries explain why the teacher pension fund isn’t earning as much off its investments as it used to, TRS board member Andrew Hirshman tried explaining it using medical terms instead of math.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies and pay them money they're owed.

The Republican said Friday the state also is launching a website to help Illinois residents find out if they are a beneficiary of an insurance policy or annuity left by someone who died.

Democratic Treasurer Michael Frerichs says his office has identified more than $550 million in unpaid benefits owed to Illinois residents.

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Officials say they will replace water fountains and pipes used for drinking water for preschoolers and kindergartners in Waukegan School District 60 after high lead levels were found.

The Lake County News-Sun reports that the decision came after a study initially found 10 percent of the district's water sources had lead levels greater than 15 parts per billion, which is the action level set by the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water. All water sources at the action level will be removed or replaced regardless of location.

done in collaboration with summer 2016 data visualization course, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University (Mohammed Jaffer Ali)

Video gaming machines have been popping up in Illinois bars and restaurants for nearly four years. For the most part, the increase in gaming machines and in revenue across the state has been steady.

Database: Check revenue reports in your community

There are nearly 24,000 video gaming machines in Illinois, and the amount played over the last few years is in the billions of dollars -- with a b. 

Illinois Supreme Court Says No To Remap Referendum

Aug 25, 2016
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A divided Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot. 

  The ruling Thursday affirms a Cook County judge's decision that the proposal doesn't meet constitutional muster.

 

 

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A crime lab in Brussels has been set on fire in what prosecutors describe as an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, The Associated Press says.

Around 2 a.m. local time, the perpetrators reportedly rammed a car through a gate at the National Institute of Criminology and then set fire to a lab.

Early reports described a bomb attack, but investigators now say they are not sure there was any explosion.

No casualties were reported.

A suicide bombing in Yemen has killed at least 45 people in the southern city of Aden, Doctors Without Borders says.

The medical charity, also known as MSF, posted on Twitter that one of their hospitals is treating another 60-some wounded.

The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State, NPR's Alison Meuse reports, and an ISIS-affiliated news outlet says the bombing targeted an army recruitment center.

"Aden is the temporary home of Yemen's government, which was ousted from the capital by Shiite Houthi rebels a year and a half ago," Alison notes.

The candidates vying to be Illinois comptroller are at odds over whether the office should even continue to exist.

It will likely be months before members of the public can get the opioid overdose antidote naloxone at Missouri pharmacies without a prescription.

A new state law expanding access to the live-saving drug went into effect Sunday, but according to Missouri Pharmacy Association CEO Ron Fitzwater the state’s pharmacy board still has to create rules based on the law.

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