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Medical Marijuana Applications Posted for Business
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:47 AM
The official applications have been posted for aspiring medical marijuana businesses in Illinois. The applications and detailed instructions were posted Friday on the program's website. The application period opens Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 22 for a limited number of permits. For cultivation center applicants, only applications submitted to the Department of Agriculture by ...
Governor Hopefuls Rip Each Other on Hiring, Taxes
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:45 AM
The candidates for Illinois governor are sharpening their attacks on each other as they head into the Labor Day weekend. Republican Bruce Rauner on Thursday called Gov. Pat Quinn's efforts to address improper political hiring "a charade." He says dozens of people who got jobs because of their political connections still work for the state. Quinn fired back that the wealthy ...
Illinois Women Charged with Cooking Meth in Church
Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:25 PM
Illinois authorities have charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a rural Hillsboro church. The State Journal-Register reports 53-year-old Judith Hemken of Litchfield and 26-year-old Tiffany Burton of Hillsboro were charged with participating in manufacturing meth in a church Wednesday. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted. Undersheriff Rick Robbins ...
Injunction Ends Retiree Premium Hike
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 PM
A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees. In a 6-to-1 ruling in July, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision allowing the state to require retirees to pay for a portion of their own health care. The court said state-subsidized health insurance is a ...
Quinn: State Needs to Invest in Agriculture
Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:00 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to invest more in the state Department of Agriculture. The Chicago Democrat is making a tough, nationally watched election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner of Winnetka. Quinn at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau blasted Rauner's pledge to roll back the state's income tax which is set to expire at the end ...
Oberweis Wants to Debate Durbin More Than Once
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:04 AM
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis is pushing U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to participate in more debates by releasing emails detailing campaign negotiations over venues. Oberweis wants seven before Nov. 4. His campaign accused Durbin Wednesday of limiting free speech, saying Durbin only agreed to one. Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and ...
Quinn Signs Law To Study Industrial Hemp
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to create a program to study industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana's active ingredient. Hemp can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food. The Illinois law says an ...
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 ...
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