• Illinois fracking rules to be made public Friday

    by  • August 27, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Long-anticipated rules that will govern a new fracking industry in Illinois, are expected to be made public Friday. Those rules could be approved as early as next month, opening the door to oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin drilling the state’s shale rock in search of oil...

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    State program to study use of industrial hemp

    by  • August 27, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. The Chicago democrat signed the measure Tuesday creating a pilot program. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana’s active ingredient. Hemp can be used...

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    Murray Parents file appeal of federal ruling

    by  • August 27, 2014

    CHICAGO — As we reported earlier this month, attorney’s for the Murray Parents Association had filed a notice to appeal a federal judges ruling in the case against the state of Illinois and its efforts to shutter the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. The appeal has now been officially filed in the...

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    Quinn liaison to IDOT resigns

    by  • August 26, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — A senior Quinn Administration official is leaving his post amid continuing fallout from a patronage hiring scandal in the Illinois Department of Transportation. Quinn’s office confirms Deputy Chief of Staff Sean O’Sheas last day will be Friday, Aug. 29. He’s held that position since August 2011, and his responsibilities included overseeing IDOT...

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    Medical pot program developing advisory board

    by  • August 26, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — The new medical marijuana program in Illinois is looking for health professionals and patients to serve on an advisory board. The 15-member board will make recommendations about which medical conditions can be added to the list of those approved for medical marijuana use in the state. Board members will be appointed by...

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    Recently hired Centralia assistant city manager resigns

    by  • August 26, 2014

    CENTRALIA — With less than three months in office, Centralia’s recently hired assistant city manager has notified city hall of his resignation. City Manager Dan Ramey has confirmed that Paul “Mace” Carpenter informed him during a discussion Monday that he is resigning his position. Ramey further confirmed that Mayor Tom Ashby was in on...

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