• Doctors ask for medical marijuana legalization

    by  • April 16, 2013

    Nearly 250 physicians are calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with serious illnesses. Three physicians spoke during a news conference today. They say marijuana can be a safer and more effective treatment than narcotics for patients with diseases such as cancer and HIV. The Illinois House is expected...

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    Madigan campaign funds are triple Quinn’s in Ill.

    by  • April 16, 2013

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan raised more than $800,000 in political funds compared to $565,000 for Gov. Pat Quinn in the first three months of the year. Madigan is a potential Democratic primary challenger to Quinn. Madigan says she has not yet decided whether to take on the governor next spring. Campaign finance reports...

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    Feds: Doctors may have done unneeded tracheotomies

    by  • April 16, 2013

    An investigation of a Chicago hospital includes allegations it may have performed unnecessary tracheotomies to pull in additional revenue. Authorities today arrested Sacred Heart Hospital’s owner Edward Novak, as well as another executive and four doctors in an alleged kickback conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the alleged scheme involved kickbacks for the referral...

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    Murray Center lawsuit details obstacles to transition

    by  • April 16, 2013

    The plaintiffs in the federal case to halt the closure of the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia filed nearly 40 pages of declarations and exhibits yesterday, providing among other things multiple accounts of the State’s intent to shutter all state operated developmental centers (SODCs) and offer only community integrated living arrangements (CILAs) as...

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    Bill would allow repeat DUI offenders to drive

    by  • April 16, 2013

      The story of a recovering alcoholic who wants to help others inspired a bill to allow repeat drunk-driving offenders to obtain a restricted driving permit.   According to bill sponsor Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook democrat, people convicted of DUI are driving anyway. She said they’re driving to and from work if there...

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    Former IDOT assistant secretary Phelps denies wrongdoing

    by  • April 16, 2013

      The former assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation says a report on improper hiring at the agency mischaracterizes what he told investigators. Former Congressman David Phelps disputed a report released yesterday by the Office of the Executive Inspector General. The report said Phelps did “little work” and mostly engaged in “misconduct...

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