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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. Currently, there are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, though, bluntly opposed the idea last week in a WSIL television interview in Marion.

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Test results show two potential measles cases reported over the weekend in the Bloomington-Normal area actually were not instances of the highly infectious malady.

OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center says tests for the rubeola virus on the mother and daughter who had a rash were negative. The two went to OSF Promptcare on Fort Jesse Road in Normal on Sunday, and healthcare workers there shut down part of the facility until it could be decontaminated. OSF says it cannot say what illness caused the rash that presented similar enough symptoms to prompt a measles inquiry.