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>>State's First Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens
(Chicago, IL) -- A medical marijuana clinic is not seeing patients in Chicago. The Good Intentions clinic started accepting patients yesterday. Owner Tammi Jacobi says they're just doing evaluations at this point and won't start distributing marijuana until the state's pilot program is up and running, sometime next year. The clinic is located in Chicago's Buckhead community, at 1723 North Ashland. It's open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
>>Kids Dying At Alarming Rates Due To Abuse
(Springfield, IL) -- Child abuse seems to be on the rise in Illinois. State officials say 223 kids who were reportedly abused or neglected in the past year are now dead. DCFS Spokesman Dave Clarkin says the leading cause of death was suffocation. Others were beaten to death or killed
when they were left unsupervised near water. Clarkin says about 56 of those beaten to death were under six-months-old. State officials urge people to call their child abuse hotline at 1-800-252-2873 if they suspect a child is in trouble.
>>Task Force Aims To Reduce Youth Violence
(Chicago, IL) -- State officials are looking for ways to curb crime against youth. Six lawmakers will sit on a new Violence Prevention Task Force, charged with finding strategies to keep kids out of trouble. Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says this meeting of the minds is necessary because homicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults. He says about a-thousand people between the ages of ten and 24 lost their lives at the hands of homicide or murder in the past three years in Illinois.
>>Man Backpedaling After Claiming Credit For State Downgrades
(Chicago, IL) -- The man who claimed credit for driving down the state's bond rating is now backpedaling. Ty Fahner, with the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, originally said members of the committee told Moody's, Fitch, and S&P they were enabling politicians by threatening to drop the state's rating, but never actually doing it. Fahner claimed the agencies downgraded Illinois a little while after their talks. After a bit of public scrutiny, Fahner pulled back, claiming he never had any contact with the agencies. But union leaders say the public deserves to know if the committee is responsible for raising the costs of bonds on all taxpayers.
>>Rushville Doctor Selected As Grand Marshal For Twilight Parade
(Rushville, IL) -- A Rushville doctor will be the grand marshal in the State Fair Twilight parade. Governor Quinn picked Russell Dohner to lead the pack. He's practiced medicine in western Illinois for 58 years, charging only five-dollars per office visit to ensure that all of his patients could afford quality care. Dohner is the only doctor that many in the community of 32-hundred residents have ever known. He'll be the face in front of the parade, which gets underway at 6:00 p.m.
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