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  • St. Clair County OKs $7M medical marijuana plan

    MARISSA, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois county has signed off on a planned $7-million medical marijuana venture near the town of Marissa. The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1nXHzIP ) reports that the St. Clair County board voted 21 to 4 on Monday in favor of the farm proposal,...

  • Illinois boy to meet Coast Guard rescuers

    WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is scheduled to reunite with the members of the Coast Guard helicopter crew who rescued him earlier this month. Tommy Alter of Highland Park plans to meet with crew members Tuesday afternoon at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. Coast Guard...

  • Nominees sought for Illinois distinguished seniors

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department on Aging is seeking nominees for the 2014 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame awards. The annual award recognizes Illinoisans 65 and older who are outstanding in the categories of community service, education, performance or graphic arts and in the...

  • Congressman wants to end CHA "supervouchers"

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock is seeking an end to a Chicago Housing Authority program that puts some of the city's poorest residents into its highest priced apartments. Schock says CHA "supervouchers" allows a select few families to receive $3,000 to $4,000 a month in rent...

  • Illinois police identify wheelchair fall victim

    SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) — St. Clair County authorities have identified a quadriplegic man who drowned in a pond following a wheelchair accident. The county's deputy coroner says Gerard Frierdich of Belleville died Sunday in Centennial Park after his motorized wheelchair fell down an embankment and...

  • Hometown police officer fired after shooting dog

    HOMETOWN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer was fired after shooting to death a family dog. Nicole Echlina says her 6-year-old daughter saw the shooting of their dog, Apollo, by the Hometown police officer The owners of the 14-month-old, German shepherd mix called police for help...

  • New logo to promote farmers who served in military

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new logo on agricultural products will help identify Illinois farmers, fishermen and ranchers who served in the military. The state Department of Agriculture and Illinois Farm Bureau say veterans can take part in a national branding campaign called Homegrown by...

  • Quinn says state EPA will block PCBs from landfill

    CHICAGO (AP) — Toxic PCBs will not be stored in a central Illinois landfill sitting atop an aquifer that provides water to 750,000 people, Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced Monday. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency agreed to bar PCBs from being dumped in the Clinton Landfill near...

  • Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story

    VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) — In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and takes home $435 per paycheck. The story should have...

  • APNewsBreak: Illinois: Doctor faked pot paperwork

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators say a suburban Chicago doctor misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, who has a...

  • Illinois fair managers fined for free beer tickets

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two state fair managers took scores of free beer tickets to use at annual events, violating a ban on accepting gifts, according to an Illinois inspector general's report released Monday. Although the managers were specifically trained to avoid engaging in these kinds of...

  • Illinois communities scramble to find road salt

    CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter's record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies, according to local leaders and state officials who oversee a shared procurement process. If local public works departments are able to...

  • Illinois coal exports dip in 2013 after sharp rise

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois coal exports have risen sharply in recent years, even as its high sulfur content limits its demand in the U.S. The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says that about 12 million tons of Illinois coal was exported in 2013. That's down from the 13...

  • Carpentersville man pleads guilty to bomb threats

    ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — A Carpentersville man has pleaded guilty to making bomb threats against court facilities in Kane County last year. The Kane County state's attorney said Monday that 22-year-old Akiel W. Davis pleaded guilty Friday to felony counts of unlawful possession of a stolen...

  • Suspect killed after scuffle with Chicago officer

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say an off-duty officer on his way home from work shot and killed a suspect while trying to stop a suspected break in. Chicago police say the officer was in uniform early Monday when he saw a man trying to break into a home on the city's North Side. Police say...



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