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Report: Most State Medical Regulators To Be Fired
(Undated) -- Most of Illinois' medical regulators will receive pink slips sometime next week. The "Tribune" is reporting the Illinois' Department of Financial Regulation will terminate 18 of the the 26 medical regulators hired by the state in an effort to close up a nine-million-dollar shortfall. Doctors and medical experts around the state reacted with alarm over the announcement adding the firings would drastically affect licensing and discipline of Illinois physicians. Some hospital officials say the moves could even cause staffing and training problems around the state.
Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Second Look
(Springfield, IL) -- Renewed efforts are afoot to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. The House introduced a medical marijuana bill during yesterday's first legislative session. Bill sponsor Representative Louis Lang of Skokie says national data shows the majority of Americans think marijuana should be made available for patients if prescribed by a doctor. Under the proposed legislation patients would be able to get medical-grade marijuana from state-regulated dealers for use in their own home.
Contracts Awarded For I-90 Project
(Springfield, IL) -- More than 124-million-dollars worth of contracts are being awarded by the Illinois Tollway for the rebuilding project proposed along Interstate 90. The work on Jane Addams Memorial Tollway will start this year at an overall cost of more than two-billion-dollars. When finished
I-90 will be eight lanes wide between the Kennedy Expressway and Randall Road and six lanes from Randall Road to the I-39.
Des Plains Rivers State's Top Grossing Casino In '12
(Des Plains, IL) -- The casino in Des Plains is bringing in big bucks. The Illinois Gaming Board says the Des Plains Rivers Casino generated more than 416-million dollars in 2012, the most of any Illinois casino. The next closest casino was the Grand Victoria in Elgin which grossed a mere 212-million dollars. Nearly four-million people visited the Rivers Casino during 2012.
Study: IL Education Finishes Below U.S. Average
(Springfield, IL) -- A new study says education in Illinois isn't making the grade. Yesterday, "Education Weekly" released its annual Quality Counts study which tracks key indicators of quality education around the U.S. Illinois earned a grade of C-plus, but finished below the national average. Maryland had the nation's top grade, a B-plus while South Dakota was last with a D-plus. The country overall improved by a half-point over 2011.
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