• Director warns of layoffs at DCFS

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    The interim director of Illinois’ child welfare agency is warning state lawmakers against budget cuts. Several state agencies have said they’d have to lay off employees if the state income tax rate is reduced. Income taxes are scheduled to drop next year. Democratic state Representative Greg Harris says if the tax goes down, resulting...

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    Medical pot users may still have FOID rights

    by  • April 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    A proposed rule that would have barred medical marijuana patients from obtaining Firearm Owner’s Identification cards has been nixed, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Illinois officials had posted preliminary rules for the implementation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program that barred medical marijuana users or their caregivers from obtaining a FOID card if...

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    Tax cut could end drug treatment for thousands in Ill.

    by  • April 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Illinois Department of Public Health’s drug treatment programs could lose $20 million in funding if the income tax falls from 5 percent to 3.75...

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    IDOC names woman new Menard warden

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    A new warden is in charge of the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Corrections said Wednesday that Kim Butler has been named to the position. She’s the first woman to head the prison and the second woman to be appointed warden of an all-male, maximum security prison in...

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    Feds arrest dozens in bi-state immigration bust

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    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 men in Missouri and Illinois for what officials call “egregious” immigration violations, including individuals who entered the country illegally and committed crimes. The arrests, made in a five-day roundup last week, were announced Tuesday. Arrests occurred in the Missouri counties of St. Charles and New Madrid, and...

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    Jefferson County woman convicted on federal meth charges

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    A 52-year-old Jefferson County, Illinois woman was convicted Tuesday on federal methamphetamine charges, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said. According to court documents, Count 1 of the indictment charged that from June 2010 until September 19, 2012, Julia Ann Snow conspired with other individuals to manufacture more than 50...

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