A new law that goes into effect in January is intended to prevent access to firearms for residents whose license to own a gun in the state has been revoked.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says the law will help the state police let local law enforcement officials know when someone's Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card has been rescinded because there is an order of protection against them.

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Pharmacists fail to point out potentially dangerous drug interactions more than half the time, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation.

The newspaper visited more than 200 pharmacies armed with prescriptions known to have serious consequences when the drugs are taken together; some of the combinations could prove fatal.

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One of the last options for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to get out of prison early rests in the hands of the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell: President Barack Obama.

The Department of Justice confirms the 60-year-old Blagojevich submitted a request to have his 14-year prison sentence for corruption commuted. His convictions include charges of seeking to exchange an appointment to Obama's old Senate seat for campaign cash.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: December 26, 2016

Dec 26, 2016
Susan Stephens

Gas prices across the state are on the rise.

According to AAA, a gallon of regular gas in the Rockford area costs $2.38 on average. That's 16 cents more than last week and about 44 cents higher than last year. 

Chicago prices are at $2.54 per gallon, which is 12 cents more than last week, and around 38 cents higher than last year. 

The state's average is $2.43 per gallon. That's 13 cents more than last week, and about 40 cents higher than last year.

The Alzheimer’s Association is working toward getting specialty license plates for the disease.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 220,000 Illinois residents currently live with Alzheimer’s.

Jen Belkov, with the Alzheimer’s Association, says the specialty license plates will help raise awareness of the disease.