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This week, lawmakers could decide whether Illinois will regulate ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber.

The Illinois State Bar Association wants the state's DUI law changed. Supporters of changes to part of the state's law on driving under the influence think they have a pretty good example to hold up. 

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About 75 people sang, marched, and chalked messages on sidewalksWednesday night in downtown Rockford. Their protest was part of a national demonstration against police brutality.

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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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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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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.  

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

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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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