Sales Unlikely This Year
6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

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Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

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Illinois
6:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons

A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules this week.

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Consumer Complaints
5:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

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Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

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Free Range Radio
12:48 am
Sun July 13, 2014

"Who Cares": Stories From Family Caregivers

Rick Rayburn cares for his wife Marianne, who has dementia.
Andrew Nixon Capitol Public Radio

If you aren't a caregiver now, there's a good chance you'll become one. This week on Free Range Radio: "Who Cares," from Capital Public Radio.

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Agriculture
9:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety

Colin Ebbers, 19, of Dakota, Ill. volunteers to be the victim of a grain bin fall during a demonstration by Stateline Farm Rescue, based in Orangeville, Ill.
Jenna Dooley

A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin this week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments. 

    

Rescue Tools

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Illinois
8:04 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Illinois Tourism Sets Another Record

The Field Museum in Chicago is one of the state's most popular attractions.
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

There were more than 100 million visitors to Illinois in 2013. State agencies aim to grow those numbers more in the face of budget cuts. 

For the third year in a row, Illinois broke its own record for visitors to the state. In 2013, travelers spent $34.5 billion dollars in Illinois, according to the state's office of tourism.

Though Illinois' new budget provides less for the state's Historic Preservation Agency, and the tourist attractions and museums under it, there have not yet been closures.  However there has been talk of curbing hours of operation later this year. 

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Illinois
7:48 am
Fri July 11, 2014

GOP: Continue State Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

Rep. Jim Durkin

Illinois Republicans say they want to continue a legislative investigation into a mismanaged anti-violence program.

That goes against the wishes of the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Justice asked Illinois state lawmakers to postpone their hearings on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Governor Pat Quinn’s advisors who ran the anti-violence program have been subpoenaed by a legislative committee looking into why it was so poorly managed.

Federal prosecutors have also issued subpoenas related to the program.

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Steven Schulz
7:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

UPDATE: Initial Autopsy Results Show DeKalb County Man Shot

The area where Steven Schulz' pickup was found -- north of Route 72, near Annie Glidden Road and the Kishwaukee River.
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6:30 pm, 7/10/14

The DeKalb County man whose body was found Wednesday in the Kishwaukee River died of a gunshot wound to the head. That's the word today from the DeKalb County Coroner.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says the autopsy and investigation turned up no signs of a struggle or trauma. 23 year old Steven Schulz was reported missing earlier this week: his pickup was found near the Kishwaukee River in northern DeKalb County. A full autopsy report will be available in the near future, after lab results are returned.

A dive team called in from St. Charles found the gun police believe was used to shoot Schulz. The case is still being investigated by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, although Sheriff Roger Scott says there is no threat to public safety.

 

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Illinois
10:43 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In Illinois Top 5,000

Governor Pat Quinn's signature on the document making same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
Credit @GovernorQuinn, Twitter

A new survey from the advocacy group Equality Illinois finds more than 5,000 same-sex couples in Illinois have marriage licenses. Illinois' law took effect June 1. Some counties, including DeKalb and Cook, issued licenses before that date. Of those, 1,694 civil unions were converted into marriages.

The group finds several counties, including DeKalb and Ogle, do not keep a record of same-sex marriages.

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