Where medical cannabis patients will purchase their product at the dispensary site in Urbana operated by Wheaton-based Nu Med
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August 22, 2016

Urbana Marijuana Dispensary Nears Opening Date

Final work is underway to convert a University Avenue site to a medical marijuana dispensary operated by Wheaton-based Nu Med. The CEO of partner group Education to Grow, Ben Rediger, says market demand in the state's pilot program has grown to a point where one dispensary, Phoenix Botantical in Champaign, will not be able to fully handle the flow of new patients in the region.


103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)
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August 22, 2016

Ammons-Sponsored Prison Phonecall Bill Signed Into Law

Legislation curbing the cost of calls made by Illinois prison inmates has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. It sets rates for inmates in Illinois correctional facilities at a maximum of 7 cents per minute for domestic calls. Sponsor and State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) says that's about half the current rate.  Rauner signed four other related measures at adult transition center in Chicago Monday.


This Aug. 20, 2008 file photo shows the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill.
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August 22, 2016

Six Illinois Prison Workers Treated After Inmate Attack

A prison in central Illinois has been placed on lockdown while state officials investigate the assault of six employees by five inmates. The Pontiac Correctional Center is on lockdown following the incident Sunday and will remain on lockdown until the department has finished its investigation.


Tammy Duckworth addresses students at the the Democrats booth at University of Illinois Quad Day Sunday
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August 21, 2016

Duckworth Backs Protection For Civilians In Syria

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says the country should lead an international coalition condemning the violence in Syria. She says if the country turns its back on victims like the 5-year old rescued from a partially destroyed apartment building in Aleppo, "we could potentially create a dialogue out there that America does not care about the victims of violence."


Standing water closes roads in Sorrento, La., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding.
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August 20, 2016

Illinois Sends Flood-Relief Assistance To Louisiana

State officials have sent help to Louisiana after devastating floods hit Baton Route and other parts of the state. The Department of Central Management Services sent a volunteer this week to deliver 100,000 sandbags and 45 cots to help with the flood-relief efforts.


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