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6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

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Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

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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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NPR Story
4:25 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:55 am

  The amount of money Illinois owes to companies and organizations that have provided goods and services for the state is at its lowest level since 2010, but that improvement could be short-lived.

At one point, Illinois had a stack of overdue bills totaling about $10 billion.

It took so long for the state to pay back its vendors that some were forced to close their doors - they couldn't pay their bills.

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Consumer Complaints
5:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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Shots - Health News
11:15 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Why Are Obstetricians Top Billers For Group Therapy In Illinois?

Unusual billing for group therapy led to a crackdown on Medicaid payments in Illinois.
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Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:03 am

A few years ago, Illinois' Medicaid program for the poor noticed some odd trends in its billings for group psychotherapy sessions.

Nursing home residents were being taken several times a week to off-site locations, and Medicaid was picking up the tab for both the services and the transportation.

And then there was this: The sessions were often being performed by obstetrician-gynecologists, oncologists and urologists — "people who didn't have any training really in psychiatry," Illinois Medicaid director Theresa Eagleson recalled.

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NPR Story
10:41 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill

Bruce Rauner

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:52 am

Bruce Rauner -- the Republican nominee for Illinois governor -- says he followed the letter of the law when filing his taxes.  But he won't say whether it was fair.

Rauner, a businessman, has said his wealth puts him in the top .01%.

Even so, a Chicago Tribune analysis showed that in several recent years, he paid no Social Security or Medicare taxes.

Rauner has released limited parts of his tax returns.

It's believed he took advantage of I-R-S rules to legally cut his tax burden.

Rauner defended that ...

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NPR Story
6:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Art of Cigar Box Guitars

John draws makes guitars from old cigar boxes, tin cans, and a other re-purposed materials.

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 10:40 am

John Draws is making a lot of noise – literally and figuratively – with three-string guitars made from cigar boxes and other bits and pieces.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

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Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

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Agriculture
9:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety

Colin Ebbers, 19, of Dakota, Ill. volunteers to be the victim of a grain bin fall during a demonstration by Stateline Farm Rescue, based in Orangeville, Ill.
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A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin this week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments. 

    

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Illinois
8:04 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Illinois Tourism Sets Another Record

The Field Museum in Chicago is one of the state's most popular attractions.
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There were more than 100 million visitors to Illinois in 2013. State agencies aim to grow those numbers more in the face of budget cuts. 

For the third year in a row, Illinois broke its own record for visitors to the state. In 2013, travelers spent $34.5 billion dollars in Illinois, according to the state's office of tourism.

Though Illinois' new budget provides less for the state's Historic Preservation Agency, and the tourist attractions and museums under it, there have not yet been closures.  However there has been talk of curbing hours of operation later this year. 

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