Marijuana plants
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Champaign Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In March

Phoenix Farms expects to open its location, called Phoenix Botanicals, at 1704 S. Neil Street sometime in March.  It's also hired Medical Cannabis Research, which will conduct a series of free seminars in the area to help patients understand the medical marijuana program. They're scheduled for late January and early February.

In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, photo, boxes of single-doses vials of the measles-mumps-rubella virus vaccine live, or MMR vaccine and ProQuad vaccine are keep frozen inside a freezer at the practice of Dr. Charles Goodman in Northridge, Calif.
Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Champaign Could Be Seeing End To Mumps Cases

Awais Vaid, Director of Research and Planning with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, says the county went from 24 mumps cases in early December to just four since.  But he says each case needs to go through two incubation periods before being sure the illness has left the area.

Gov. Bruce Rauner talking with Douglas County EMA Director Joseph Victor
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 04, 2016

Rauner: Details On Overseas Trip Coming Soon

Gov. Rauner's staff would not disclose details about his travels after leaving the country the weekend before Christmas. But Monday, the governor confirmed that he had been to Spain and Morocco.  A day earlier, on a visit to survey flood damage in Douglas County, the governor some information, saying two of his children are currently living overseas.

Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).
Courtesy of Masterpiece
January 04, 2016

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 

Illinois' Malcolm Hill posts up against Ohio State's Jai'Sean Tate.
Jay LaPrete/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Illini Lose To Ohio State 75-73

Marc Loving scored 27 points, including two late free throws, to lead Ohio State to a 75-73 win over visiting Illinois on Sunday.

U of I Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson
(U of I News Bureau)
January 02, 2016

AP: U Of Illinois Alumni Vent Over Sports Woes

An Associated Press investigation says alumni were upset after the firings of football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas, shortly after Phyllis Wise stepped down as Urbana campus chancellor. Some were thankful Beckman and Thomas were fired, but wish they were gone sooner.

In this aerial photo, floodwater from the Mississippi River threatens the maximum security Menard Correctional Center, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Chester, Ill. Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press
January 01, 2016

Flooding Prompts Evacuation In Portion Of Southern Illinois

Authorities near one levee in far southwestern Illinois are being told to move to higher ground.  The county board in Alexander County issued an emergency evacuation Friday.  Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner ordered the Illinois National Guard to help with the recovery effort.   

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