• Use of food stamps grows in Marion County

    by  • May 8, 2014

    By Emily Guerin and Tim Marema The use of food stamps in Marion County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. The proportion of Marion County residents receiving food stamps hit 22.0...

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    Vandalia police locate man reported as suspicous

    by  • May 8, 2014

    Vandalia police say they have located the white truck and the driver of the truck that was reported earlier this week to have asked two children to get into his truck. According to police, they are still investigating the incident, but wanted to thank those who came forward and provided information in the case....

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    Organic farm sales more than triple in Illinois

    by  • May 8, 2014

    Sales at organic farms in Illinois more than tripled over a five-year period. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s organic farms tallied $26.2 million in sales in 2012, up from $8.6 million in 2007. Kendra Schilling, the local food liaison for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, believes those sales won’t level off...

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    Medical marijuana for epileptic kids moves forward in House

    by  • May 8, 2014

    A measure that would allow children with epilepsy to use medical marijuana is advancing in the Illinois legislature. A House committee approved the proposal Wednesday on a 15-0 vote. The legislation would add epilepsy to the list of treatable diseases in the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. It would also allow children with epilepsy...

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    School funding measure could benefit downstate Ill.

    by  • May 8, 2014

    Downstate school districts would see an overall gain in state funding under a sweeping proposal to change how Illinois funds its public schools. But, in what could pose a major political hurdle, a majority of school districts in the Chicago area would see fewer state dollars, according to a preliminary analysis of the proposal...

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    IDOT says replacing patronage workers too costly

    by  • May 8, 2014

    The Illinois transportation secretary says it would be too difficult to reopen the hiring process for jobs contested in a federal lawsuit. A Chicago lawyer has sued, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation filled hundreds of jobs without following hiring rules that ban considering politics or loyalty. The state’s personnel agency later determined that...

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