City planners in Elgin are giving the green light to a medical marijuana dispensary. The planning and zoning commission approved a proposal that calls for setting up the facility on Elgin's southwest side.
State lawmakers are gathering ideas on how to handle Illinois' prison population. The Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee heard more than three hours of testimony during its first meeting this week.
Advocates and prison officials had a variety of complex answers to lawmakers’ questions. That means understanding who’s in prison, what they’re in for, how long they stay in prison, and how often they end up going back.
Kathy Saltmarsh is a state official who studies sentencing guidelines. She testified during Tuesday's hearing.
Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. He left much of the plan approved by Democratic legislators intact, with a couple of exceptions meant to play well with voters.
Beekeeping is enjoying a nice comeback in many U.S. states, including Illinois. Renewed interest in the hobby is linked to concerns over declining bee populations. Enthusiasts also say curiosity tends to reel people in.
No matter the case, those with experience say that, while beekeeping is rewarding, it’s not an activity you can just buzz into.
Later this week, a legislative panel will meet to finalize a report on addressing heroin use in Illinois. It’s one of two task forces created by the General Assembly to come up with solutions. Their work comes amid concerns about the number of fatal overdoses across the state.