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Medical Marijuana Meets Resistance In Senate Committee
A plan to legalize marijuana for medical reasons isn't getting the warmest of welcomes in the senate. Some are concerned the proposal could open the door for increased crime and use of pot for recreational purposes, but supporters say they've put restrictions in place to protect against that. In fact, they call the bill the most restrictive in the nation because patients would have to prove they have one of about 30 illnesses in order to get a prescription for the drug. The bill passed committee yesterday, and should get a vote on the floor in the next few weeks.
Midwest Airports Will Not Have To Curtail Hours
Several Midwest airports have gotten reprieves from cuts to their air traffic control budgets that would have forced the airport towers to close at night. Chicago's Midway, Peoria International, and General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee are among 72 airports that will not have to cut back their hours because of automatic spending cuts. The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet made a decision on whether it will close or cut the hours at 149 small airport towers. Congress gave the FAA latitude to reallocate funds so that flight delays would be avoided.
Gun Permit Applications Exceed IL Police Ability
Illinoisans are applying for gun permits faster than the state can keep up with. Illinois State Police received nearly 30-thousand applications for owner ID cards just in the month of April. The card is mandatory to own a firearm legally. The normal wait time is around 30 days; some applicants
are waiting 100 days or more for their ID cards.
Planters Delayed Because Of Heavy Rains
Farmers say they're still waiting to get in the fields. The recent round of storms delayed planting in many areas across the state. Tullula farmer Kyle Winkelmann says the fields are too wet to handle the weight of the machinery. He says his corn, soybean, and alfalfa harvests will be delayed by at least a month this year.
IL Residents Sued Over Illegally Downloaded Film
Nearly 200 people from Illinois who allegedly illegally downloaded a Robert Redford movie online are being taken to court. Though it's estimated 20-million illegal movie downloads happen each day across the Internet, 193 Illinois residents are being sued for their alleged use of a file-sharing program called "BitTorrent." The movie watchers allegedly used the program to download the Redford film "The Company You Keep." People convicted of copyright infringement can be fined up to 150-thousand dollars.
Illinois In Top Ten For Teen Unemployment
Teenagers in Illinois are hitting the unemployment line more than most others across the nation. A recent study by the Employment Policies Institute puts Illinois at number 9 when it comes to out-of-work teens between 16 and 19. The unemployment rate for that age group is 27.2 percent. Experts say the state's high minimum wage could be a reason why teens are having a hard time finding work, but others say it could be because older workers are taking lower-paying jobs, thanks to the recession.
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