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National Protests
4:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rockford Rally Against Police Brutality Today

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Rallies are scheduled in Rockford, Chicago, and Carbondale today as part of the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. 

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Illinois law
4:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Opportunities And Challenges

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The production and distribution of medical marijuana is slowly coming together in Illinois. It’s a complicated process with a lot of factors that need to be worked out before the first patient picks up medication from a state dispensary.

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County by county stats
1:56 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Competition Fierce To Grow, Distribute Medical Marijuana In Illinois

Illinois State Police districts
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Entrepreneurs looking to get in on the business side of Illinois' new medical marijuana program are facing fierce competition.  The state has come out with numbers showing just how much.  

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Government
8:12 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Inmate Escapes Vandalia Correctional Center, Found Nearby

Booking photo of Marcus Battice

The Illinois Department of Corrections is still investigating how an inmate escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center last week. Investigators talked with more than 100 people to determine how Marcus Battice broke out of the minimum-security facility.

Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says that'll continue for a while; anyone in contact with Battice in the weeks leading up to his escape must be interviewed. The department has concluded it does NOT need to change what it does to prevent escapes.

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Government
4:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sycamore To Test CodeRED Emergency Notification System

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Sycamore officials will perform a test of the city's CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM.

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Government
6:19 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Two Chicago Universities Among Finalists To Host Obama Presidential Library

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Two Chicago universities are among four finalists to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

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Chicago Appeals Court Ruling
3:32 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Court Rules Wisconsin And Indiana Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriages

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Same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. That’s the decision by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago today.

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Chicago Appeals Court Ruling
3:32 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Court Rules Wisconsin And Indiana Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriages

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Same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. That’s the decision by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago today.

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Government
5:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Gray Wolves, Black Bears, And Cougars Now Protected In Illinois

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Gray wolves, American black bears, and cougars (or mountain lions) are now protected species under Illinois law.

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Government
5:53 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Report: IDOT Improperly Hired 250 Workers

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A new report says that the Illinois Department of Transportation improperly hired hundreds of workers over the last 10 years.

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