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>>One Candidate For Governor Not Cut Out For The Job
(Chicago, IL) -- One Democratic candidate for governor has no chance of winning. That's according to UIC Political Science Chair Dick Simpson who tells "The Grio" that Tio Hardeman simply isn't a credible candidate. Hardiman is a community activist who once led the CeaseFire Illinois program in an effort to curb violence, but he was recently accused of hitting his wife. He denied those charges but political experts say it'll still cast a negative shadow over his campaign. Still, Hardiman says he's serious about his bid for governor and is preparing for a primary battle with Governor Quinn, Bill Daley, and maybe even state Senator Kwame Raoul, who hasn't announced an official bid yet.
>>GOP Selects African American To Replace Representative Roth
(LaSalle County, IL) -- A Kendall County Sheriff's deputy is slated to become the newest Republican state rep. John Anthony was selected to replace Pam Roth, who's leaving the state because her husband is taking a promotion in Texas. Anthony will and finish out Roth's term, which ends
in 2015 and he'll be running for election next year. He's been a sheriff's deputy since 2008 and has also worked on the police force in Champaign. Anthony is the first African-American to represent the district and he'll be the only African American Republican in Springfield.
>>Kids In Illinois Struggle With Obesity
(Undated) -- Kids in Illinois are fatter than kids in most other states. A study puts Illinois at number nine for highest obesity rates for kids between 10 and 17. The study defined obesity as an excessive amount of body fat compared to lean body mass. For high school kids, Hispanic males are leading the pack with a 19-point-two percentage rate of obesity. African American women are a close second for the same age group with an 18-point-two percent obesity rate. The most recent numbers are from a 2011 study which was cited in the 2013 Trust for America's Health report.
>>Marijuana Symposium Coming To Chicago
(Chicago, IL) -- Anyone interested in jumping into the medical marijuana field may want to attend a business symposium this weekend. The National Cannabis Industry Association is hosting the event, which will feature a panel of marijuana experts talking about everything from dispensing the drug to growing and cultivating it. The symposium comes just months before sick people in Illinois will be allowed to smoke marijuana to ease their pain. The symposium will be at the downtown Embassy Suites this Saturday from 10:30a.m until 6:30p.m. It's 350-bucks to attend.
>>Kraft Pumping Millions Into Granite City Plant
(Granite City, IL) -- Kraft is pumping 40-million-dollars into its plant in Granite City. The company plans to expand the facility and add new equipment. All construction and upgrades should be complete sometime in 2015. The upgrade is expected to put 30 additional people to work.
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