In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
July 21, 2015

Court Overturns Some Blagojevich Convictions

An appeals court Tuesday threw out five of the twelve counts against the former governor.  It's not immediately clear whether it means it will reduce his 14 year sentence.


A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.


Paris Community Hospital in Paris, Illinois
(Paris Community Hospital)
July 20, 2015

Paris, Ill. Hospital Is Latest To Join Carle Rural Alliance

Paris Community Hospital in Edgar County is the latest small hospital to join a lineup of small downstate facilities that are coordinating their care with the larger Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.


Outside PharmaCann's medical marijuana cultivation site in Dwight, which could begin growing the product by mid-August.
(Norah Scott, PharmaCann)
July 19, 2015

Medical Marijuana Company Looks To Start Growing

Oak Park-based PharmaCann will operate two cultivation sites and three dispensaries.  A site for growing its first crops in Livingston County could start operations as soon as mid-August after going through state inspection last week.


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