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Illinois may miss a deadline to rule on proposals for more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The main sponsor of the program in the General Assembly says he’s not worried.

Monday went by without Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah ruling on whether to add 11 illnesses to the 40 to be covered when the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries open. That will likely be sometime in the fall. 

The list of recommendations from Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, osteoarthritis, and migraines. 

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A government labor union says it's confident the Illinois House will side with it over Gov. Bruce Rauner. A key vote on whether to override Rauner's veto of a union-backed bill is expected Wednesday.

The legislation would bar unions from striking and prohibit the governor from locking workers out. Instead, if the parties can’t agree on a contract, an arbitrator would decide.

Fishing in northern Illinois waterways can provide a great deal of sport, but it may also provide reason for concern.

While there are nutritional benefits of eating fish from Illinois lakes and rivers, contaminants can make fish less than ideal to eat.

The Illinois Department of Public Health issues a fish advisory for more than 90 waterways in the state. The “eatability” of fish from those waters is rated based on the size and species of fish commonly caught there.

The food safety of fish also varies according to where you fish in what body of water.

The state of Illinois has confirmed three more deaths from Legionnaires' disease at a Quincy veterans' home, increasing the number of the outbreak's fatalities to seven. 

Officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the state Department of Public Health say each of the victims had underlying medical conditions, with an average age of 86. 

Thirty-nine veterans' home residents have been sickened so far. Test results for others remain pending. 

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A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows growing positive attitudes toward the rights of transgendered people…but maybe not when it comes to their medical care.

The online survey shows 81 percent support those who are transgendered having the same rights as the rest of us. But only about half are for using public funds to help provide medical treatment for transgender people.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration says it reached tentative agreements on new labor contracts with several Teamsters Union groups representing almost five thousand workers.

The administration reached agreements with Local 916, which represents professional and technical workers at IDOT, and the negotiating committee representing highway maintenance workers.

Both groups must still vote to ratify the agreements. They call for a four-year wage freeze, continuation of a 40-hour work week before overtime is paid and a reduction in payouts for unused vacation days.

Chicago Ford Plant Workers Vote On Strike

Sep 1, 2015
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Workers at the Ford Plant on Chicago’s Southeast side started voting this morning on whether to go on strike.

The United Auto Workers Local 551 represents about 4,300 workers who make the Explorer and Lincoln MKS. Their contract with Ford doesn't expire until September 14th but UAW workers throughout the country will be taking a strike vote.

“We really don’t want to strike,” Chris Pena, 551’s president, said. “That’s the last resort but we also would like to see us gain something when every contract they have steadily taken from us.”

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Candidates with political ambitions both high and low in Illinois have one thing in common today: They can start collecting signatures to get on the 2016 ballot.

Collecting signatures is the kind of thing that can end a candidacy if they aren’t valid.

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin hopes to win the Democratic nomination to run against Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. He says a candidate collecting thousands of signatures has to do three things:

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This week, WNIJ brings back NPR's "Three-Minute Fiction," which featured a noted author issuing a prompt to listeners to submit their own 500-600 word stories.  The author then selected the best stories which were read on the air.

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A credit analyst with Moody's Investor Service says Illinois's bond rating will remain unchanged, despite the state entering its third month without a budget. But the chances of a downgrade increase the longer a gridlock continues.

Illinois has the nations' lowest credit rating -- a grade that symbolizes its fiscal troubles, and adds to them. A lower score makes it costlier to borrow.

But the rating won't drop any further just yet.

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