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Almanac Predicts Cold Winter, Hotter 2015 Summer
Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:59 AM
The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation. Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal. "Colder is just almost too familiar a ...
IL Governor Candidates Set 3 Traditional Debates
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:00 PM
Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will appear together at three traditional debates before November. They are Oct. 9 in Peoria, hosted by PBS and the League of Women Voters; Oct. 14, hosted by the Chicago Urban League; and another in Chicago later in October, hosted by the League of Women Voters and WLS-TV. Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign released a list Wednesday of eight ...
Rauner Urges Quick Decision on Term Limits
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:00 PM
Advocates for term limits in Illinois say the state Supreme Court likely will decide whether the issue can appear on the November ballot, no matter how an appeals court rules. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is urging the high court to take up the issue "immediately'' once the lower court issues a ruling. The decision must be made within days because the ballot must be ...
Community Health Details Attack on Patient Records
Monday, August 18, 2014 10:19 AM
Hospital operator Community Health Systems says a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin, Tennessee, company says no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community says the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, ...
22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit
Monday, August 18, 2014 9:33 AM
Officials say more states are recognizing Illinois' concealed carry permit. The Northwest Herald reports 22 states honor Illinois' permit. They include surrounding states, most of the Midwest and parts of the West and South. Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson says the state's 16-hour course is likely a factor. It's among the longest. However, Illinois ...
Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-free Indoors and Out
Monday, August 18, 2014 5:00 AM
Illinois' public colleges are going smoke-free - indoors and out - starting next summer. Gov. Pat Quinn says he's signed a law that bans indoor and outdoor smoking at all state-supported colleges and universities. The bill makes exceptions for smoking inside privately owned vehicles traveling through campus and some activities under the federal American Indian Religious ...
Penalties Increased for Some IL Drug Offenses
Sunday, August 17, 2014 5:35 AM
Illinois has increased the penalties for some drug offenses. Gov. Pat Quinn signed three drug-related pieces of legislation Saturday. They take effect Jan. 1. Manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of any school property will now be a Class X felony, punishable by a minimum of six years in prison. It was previously considered a Class 1 felony. Another new law adds synthetic ...
Illinois Law Limiting Medical Marijuana Locations
Saturday, August 16, 2014 2:30 PM
State restrictions are largely limiting potential sites for growing and selling medical marijuana in Illinois' capital city. And it's likely the rules could have a similar impact in other communities. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Springfield officials are considering zoning for medical cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries. Illinois' medical cannabis pilot ...
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