Illinois

Government
6:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Report: Illinois Overdrew Federal Medicaid Money

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A report has found that Illinois overdrew Federal Medicaid funds by using faulty procedures.

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Government
6:24 am
Mon August 18, 2014

All Illinois Public Colleges And Universities To Be Smoke Free In 2015

Starting next summer, smokers won't be allowed to light up anywhere on Illinois' public colleges and universities. Over the weekend, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Smoke Free Campus Act.

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Government
5:36 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Illinois Medical Marijuana Applications Now Available

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Applications for Illinois' Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) were posted online today. The submission period for applications begins on September 2, 2014.

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Government
8:38 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Medical Marijuana Dispensary For Elgin Advances

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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.

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Illinois
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ideas Abound On How To Revamp Illinois' Criminal Justice System

 

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.

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Illinois
6:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons

A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules this week.

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Government
3:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To State Budget

Credit state of Illinois

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.

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Local
7:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hive Talkin': Sticking With Beekeeping As A Hobby

Carolyn Hudon surveys one of her bee hives
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

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.

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Illinois
6:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture

Illinois' jobless rate is now at 7.5 percent. It's the third consecutive monthly decrease. And it's at its lowest level since 2008.

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Local
5:29 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Heroin's Grip Revisited

Aaron Brown
Credit gracefh.com

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.

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