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    Medical marijuana rules released

    by  • January 22, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    A new Illinois law legalized medical marijuana, but until regulations are final, patients still can’t use cannabis without risking arrest. One state agency is giving patients a first look at its proposed rules. It’s an initial step toward sorting out how medical use of marijuana will work in the state. The Illinois Department of...

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    High court hears homecare union case

    by  • January 22, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    The Supreme Court will decide whether making nonunion home health care workers in Illinois pay “fair-share” union fees is an unconstitutional violation of their first amendment rights. The case could have major implications for public service unions. The justices heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers for Illinois homecare personal assistants who don’t want to be...

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    Heroin unseats crack as No. 2 addiction

    by  • January 22, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    The people who treat addiction see heroin moving into second place in Illinois. Alcohol is still No. 1, but heroin has surged past crack over the last year for No. 2, says Dr. Dan Lustig, vice president of the Haymarket Center, an addiction treatment organization. Lustig says heroin has jumped crack by over 30...

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    Feds spending $18.5 mil to combat gang violence

    by  • January 22, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says a new federal spending bill includes about $18.5 million in additional money to combat gang violence. Kirk was joined by Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and other Illinois law enforcement officials at a news conference Tuesday in Chicago. Kirk says Illinois leads the country in gang members per capita....

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    Two men charged in death of Christopher man

    by  • January 22, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    Two Franklin County men are facing charges related to the death of a 40-year-old Christopher man over the weekend. Ronald Scott Maceri was found dead Saturday at a residence in the 400 block of Sylvia Ave in Christopher. Timothy Curwick, 28, of West Frankfort and 18-year-old Dustin Mandrell of Christopher are facing charges of...

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    Mt. Vernon man charged in 2010 death of teen

    by  • January 22, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    A 27-year-old Mt. Vernon man was charged Tuesday in Jefferson County court with first degree murder for the 2010 death of a 15-year-old boy. Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman filed first degree murders charges against Marventi D. Palmer for the murder of Deon Feggins in Mt. Vernon. On August 10, 2010, Mt. Vernon...

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