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>>Quinn To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill
(Chicago, IL) -- People with chronic illnesses in Illinois will soon be able to ease their pain with marijuana. Governor Quinn will sign the medical marijuana bill today, giving sick people access to two-and-a-half-ounces of weed every two weeks. Opponents argue this is the first step toward legalized pot for recreational use but supporters wholly disagree. They say Illinois will have the strictest law in the nation because it'll require people prove they've been receiving treatment before being prescribed the medicine.
>>Netsch Inspired Simon To Run For Comptroller
(Springfield, IL) -- The state's first female comptroller is the inspiration behind Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon's decision to run for that job. Simon says she had a chance to talk about the best and worst parts of being Comptroller with Dawn Clark Netsch before she died. Netsch held
the position from 1991 to 1995, before making a run for governor. Simon announced her bid for comptroller yesterday and will face Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in the March primary.
>>Minorities Urged To Become Organ Donors
(Springfield, IL) -- Today is National Minority Donor Awareness Day. Secretary of State Jesse White says more than half of the five-thousand people waiting for an organ in Illinois are minorities. Yet, they account for very few of the people who actually donate. White says most people don't become donors because they believe the myths surrounding organ donation, for example they think doctors won't work hard enough to save them if they fall ill. White says that's totally false and urges minorities to sign up to save a life.
>>Inmate Suing For One-Point-Seven Trillion Dollars
(Mt. Sterling, IL) -- An Illinois inmate wants one-point-seven-trillion dollars for being "injured psychologically" when he was arrested. Rufus Jones is suing St. Clair County, Randolph County, both of those county's state's attorneys, and Southwestern Illinois College, claiming all of them played a part in putting him behind bars on charges of sexual harassment and stalking. The "Belleville News Democrat" reports Jones is currently serving time for inappropriately touching a classmate at the college, a charge he actually pled guilty to. Jones was banned from campus after the incident and he says that has diminished his educational opportunities.
>>Junior High And High School Students Need T-Dap Shots
(Springfield, IL) -- Parents are reminded to get their kids vaccinated before school starts. All students in sixth through 12th grades are required to have a T-DAP shot. The booster protects against illnesses like tetanus and whooping cough. Students who've already had their shots just need to provide the school with a copy of their immunization records.
>>Styx Concert Time Changed At State Fair
(Springfield, IL) -- The Styx and REO Speedwagon concert at the Illinois State Fair is being moved up an hour. Fair organizers say the groups have a long set planned the night of August 10th, so they'll now go on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m. General seating and track ticket holders will be able to enter the Grandstand starting at 6:00 p.m. VIPit ticket holders will be escorted to the Pit at 5:30 p.m.
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