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>>Could Be A Year Before Illinois Patients Get Marijuana
(Chicago, IL) -- Illinois is now the 20th state in the nation that allows sick people to smoke marijuana to ease their pain. Governor Quinn signed the bill yesterday, but it'll be at least a year before the drug is available to patients in Illinois. The law allows time for the state to get the pilot program in place and set up dispensaries. Once it's up and running, people with debilitating diseases will be allowed to get up to five ounces of marijuana a month.
>>Union Leaders: Lawmakers Have Double Standard On Constitution
(Springfield, IL) -- Union leaders say lawmakers can't cherry-pick when it comes to defending the state's constitution. AFSCME Spokesman Anders Lindall says too many lawmakers are trying to skirt around the constitutional provision that says pension benefits can't be diminished. Yet, they're suing Quinn hoping a judge reinstates their pay,
claiming Quinn violated separation of powers when he cut their salaries from the budget. Lindall says the constitution protects everyone, not just lawmakers, and he urges the House to take a vote on a bill that allows state workers and retirees to choose their own pension benefits.
>>Data Reveals Motorcycle Riders Driving Drunk
(Springfield, IL) -- New crash data reveals quite a few motorcycle riders are driving drunk and law-enforcement officials are cracking down. The "Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will target all motorcyclists, especially those driving in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Data reveals those drivers have a blood-alcohol content more than double that of all other drivers. In fact, 15-percent of all motorcycle deaths between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. involve a drunk rider. Authorities want to make it clear that motorcycle riders who drive under the influence will be arrested.
>>Spree Killer Files For Divorce, Claims Wife Is Mentally Abuse
(Joliet, IL) -- Spree killer Nicholas Sheley [[ She-lee ]] wants a divorce from his wife, claiming she's cheated on him with several different people. On top of that, Sheley says his wife Holly is guilty of "extreme and repeated mental cruelty." The two have been married since May of 2008 but Sheley was arrested a couple months later and accused of killing eight people in Illinois and Missouri. He's currently locked-up at Statesville.
>>WIU Professor Set To Release Mystery Book
(Macomb, IL) -- A new book highlighting unsolved mysteries and true crime stories in Illinois is slated to hit store shelves. Western Illinois University professor Richard Moreno says one of the stories highlights the death of a former U.S. Senator from Illinois whose daughter was mysteriously killed in their home, while the family was sleeping. There are even stories about people who just caught on fire and burn to death. The book is called "Myths and Mysteries of Illinois: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained" and it'll be on shelves next Tuesday.
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