Making it legal to raise industrial hemp has been a topic of discussion in Illinois for years. Wisconsin is the most recent state to allow farmers to grow it. Will Illinois be next?

Back in 2014, the federal farm bill authorized states to grow hemp for research purposes. And effective in 2015, Illinois allowed specific state universities to do so.

But it’s still not legal for farmers to grow, whether it’s for research or another cash crop, and it’s not for a lack of trying by the Illinois Farm Bureau, said IFB's Bill Bodine.

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Illinois State Democrats recently released their list of top ten laws going into effect after the New Year.

More than 200 Illinois laws will go into effect after January first. That includes sale stickers having to be removed from car windshields before going on the road. 


Thomas More Society attorneys are immediately beginning an appeal in the controversial HB-40 case after a Sangamon County judge granted a motion Thursday to dismiss by Illinois officials being sued by taxpayers.

It comes after the conservative activists and legislators pressed a lawsuit against publicly funded abortions in Illinois. They sought seeking an emergency injunction to prevent the law from taking effect Monday.


DeKalb Police are joining forces with Illinois State Police and the Department of Transportation to increase traffic enforcement. It's part of a campaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Nearly 10,500 people died in the country last year in wrecks where the driver had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Officer Kelly Sullivan is a detective with the DeKalb Police Department. She says there are a handful of consequences to impaired driving.

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Beloit could soon have a new casino in its backyard, but some Illinois lawmakers worry it would detract from business in the Rockford area.

The city of Beloit and the Ho-Chunk Nation are joining forces for a more-than $405 million proposal.

Dave Syverson is a Republican State Senator from Rockford.