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Obama Admin. Unveils New Policy Easing Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

June 26, 2019 – SPRINGFIELD (AP)Gov. J. B. Pritzker takes in the applause before signing a bill that legalizes adult-use cannabis in the state of Illinois at Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 11th to legalize the adult-use of recreational marijuana. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ new governor delivered on…Continue Reading

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Local Pharmacies Praise Critical Access To Pharmacies Program

June 26, 2019 – Local pharmacies are breathing a sigh of relief after the state finally agreed to implement 10 million dollars in funding for the Critical Access Pharmacy Program. Sen Andy Manar, who worked to get the program implemented says the funding is going to be a major boost for rural pharmacies and will help keep…Continue Reading

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LISTEN: Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations 

June 25th, 2019-The city of Decatur is moving forward with neighborhood revitalization plans including large scale demolition, street surveillance, additional streetscape work and even utilizing the city’s opportunity zone to spur economic investment all thanks to The Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations. Continue Reading

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State Releases Kindergarten Readiness Report

June 26, 2019 – The latest Kindergarten readiness report from the Illinois State Board of Education underscores the need for quality pre-school options. This is the second year for the report, which assess students during their first few months of Kindergarten. ISBE Director of early childhood education Carisa Hurley says the report found 26 percent of…Continue Reading

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The Illinois Exodus

June 25, 2019 – Illinois’ youth and working-age professionals are leaving in greater numbers than other age groups, including retirees, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. Census information shows the state’s population declined by 45,000 people in the year ending last July. New data showed that Illinois’ population losses were primarily…Continue Reading

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LISTEN: Has Tax Law Impacted Charitable Giving?

June 25th, 2019- Charities feared that the 2017 tax law would lead to a drop in charitable giving by individuals. The chief reason? The doubling of the standard deduction would mean it wouldn’t be beneficial to itemize, meaning people would be less inclined to give.  CEO of the Community Foundation of Macon County Natalie Beck sheds some…Continue Reading

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