Illinois

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Independence Day weekend is almost here, which means some may want to celebrate with fireworks. But what is legal in Illinois, and what is safe?

State fire officials say hand-held fireworks – like roman candles and bottle rockets – are illegal in the state. Those who buy or use them could face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

While novelty fireworks are legal, Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez says they could still be dangerous.

About a dozen Illinois newspapers are using their front pages to send a blunt message to the state's political leaders to end the state's year-old budget stalemate.

Newspapers in Springfield, Chicago, Peoria and elsewhere published the simultaneous editorials Wednesday as lawmakers return to the Capitol to debate budget proposals.

The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale directed Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders to "Do Your Job." Others joined with similar editorials on their opinion pages.

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The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week.

    

The city on Friday joins about 170 local jurisdictions around the country that have made the change, including New York City and Boston. Health advocates have pushed the policy to discourage teenagers from starting a harmful habit.

Hawaii and California have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21 statewide.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a similar measure.

Judge Orders Illinois To Add PTSD To Medical Marijuana List

Jun 29, 2016

A Cook County judge has ordered Illinois to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment in a case filed by a military veteran.

Judge Neil Cohen on Tuesday ordered the Department of Public Health's director to add PTSD within 30 days.

The sternly worded ruling says Director Nirav Shah "engaged in a private investigation, hidden from public view" that was "constitutionally inappropriate."

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Plans for Rockton Rock Quarry building an asphalt plant were withdrawn officially Monday.

The quarry pulled its request due to financial and residential concerns. That’s according to Rockton village officials, who also say there will be no further review of the plan.

“It doesn’t affect the village financially; there’s no loss of income for this,” Tricia Diduch, the Planning and Development Administrator for Rockton, said.

Diduch says there would’ve been tax increases for the project, but no figure was ever provided.

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