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    Health advocates seek e-cigarette regulations

    by  • October 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Illinois health advocates want state lawmakers to heap even more regulations on the use of e-cigarettes. A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors goes in effect January 1st. But health advocates want the state to add e-cigarettes to the Illinois Smoke-Free Act. Illinois’ Public Health Department is waiting for the FDA to...

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    Judge dismisses state’s claims in Murray case

    by  • October 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Judge Marvin Aspen Tuesday rejected the state’s claims that Murray Parents Association case should be dismissed because they did not have legal standing. Aspen said as a matter of law the plaintiffs have valid claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medicaid Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. But he also said the state...

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    Shutdown hurting Illinois economy

    by  • October 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues the state will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding. Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the State Department of Military Affairs, economic analysts at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and...

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    Ex-cop gets probation for tanning salon videoing

    by  • October 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A former southwestern Illinois police officer has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting he illegally took cellphone videos of women at a tanning salon. The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 47-year-old Michael Collins was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of unauthorized video recording. Prosecutors dropped two other counts. Madison...

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    Mt. Vernon demolishing hazardous vacant homes

    by  • October 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    City workers in Mt. Vernon are demolishing hazardous vacant homes. About 10 properties are being leveled after officials said they were safety hazards to neighborhoods. Mount Vernon city inspector Derrick Quitisch says some homes had structural issues and collapsing roofs, while others were damaged by fire and were heavily rotted. The city’s spending about...

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