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third grader Alannah Lowery shows some of the artwork she created as part of the 21st Century program
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After School Program Supplements Art Education & More

Often times kids need a place to go after school lets out, especially in places like the east side of Springfield - where Feithsans Elementary School is located. About 90% of the kids who attend come from low-income families, though many parents work long hours to make ends meet. That's where the 21st Century program comes into play - it's a joint effort of District 186 and the Springfield Urban League - and relies heavily on the time and talents of volunteers.

n this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
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Rauner Reverses Course On Medical Marijuana, Backs Expansion

There's an agreement in place between Gov. Bruce Rauner to extend Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program.  Legislation filed Friday would extend the program to July 2020, and add two more qualifying conditions - post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness.  The measure still requires a vote by lawmakers.

Dick Van Dyke attends the 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, April 24, in Beverly Hills.
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Dick Van Dyke Officially Returning Home Next Month

The 90-year old actor's return to Danville will include fundraising events to preserve his childhood home.  Public events will include a tribute at Danville High School, following by a reception at Harrison Park. "Through all my 90 years, I've remained, in my heart, the same Midwestern nerd you knew so long ago," Van Dyke said in a statement released by Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

Sylvia, a Champaign resident, uses a medical cannabis vaporizer pen to treat Multiple Sclerosis.
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Where Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Stands

The pilot program currently has about 6,000 patients, not close to what advocates were hoping for at this point.  They say there are number of reasons behind that - including the application process, and the state's failure to expand the list of qualifying conditions.  Without legislative action, it will expire in January 2018.