• ICC sets funding for area highway-rail grade crossings

    by  • April 18, 2014

    The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has released details of a multi-year plan to improve highway-rail grade crossings that include more than $15 million for crossings in the 54th senate district, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter. A combination of proposed rail crossing projects for the upcoming 2015 fiscal year on July 1, 2014, active...

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    Director warns of layoffs at DCFS

    by  • April 17, 2014

    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

    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

    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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