• Town hall meetings set for medical pot program

    by  • August 11, 2014

    Illinois officials are planning three town hall meetings to answer questions about the application process for the state’s new medical marijuana program. Officials announced this week that the first town hall meeting will be Thursday in the southern Illinois city of Collinsville. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Kenneth Hall State Regional office...

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    Mentally ill prisoners costing more in Illinois

    by  • August 6, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The cost of treating mentally ill prison inmates in Illinois is on the rise. According to state purchasing documents and Illinois Department of Corrections projections, taxpayers will be billed more than $17.8 million in the coming year to convert existing prison space into facilities for examining, treating and housing seriously mentally...

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    Quinn defends NRI use of federal disaster funds

    by  • August 6, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is defending the use of federal disaster aid in Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Illinois used $3.7 million from the federal funds awarded to the state in the wake of Hurricane Ike to set up a small business loan program under the NRI. Illinois republicans in congress have called for...

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    Walgreens keeping headquarters in U.S., Illinois

    by  • August 6, 2014

    DEERFIELD — Walgreens is keeping its headquarters in Illinois, instead of moving to Europe. It’s a decision about which U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) talked to the boss of the company. Durbin says he had a phone conversation with Greg Wasson, the CEO of Walgreens, Wednesday morning and congratulated him on this decision to...

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    Registered sexual predator held in felony meth case

    by  • August 6, 2014

    MOUNT VERNON — A 33-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been charged in Jefferson County court with multiple methamphetamine related felonies. Marshall E. Fields was charged Wednesday morning with Class 1 manufacture of less than 15 grams of meth and Class 3 felony possession of less than 5 grams of meth, as well as class...

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