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A previous pension law was ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court.
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Rauner Reports “Progress” On Overhaul Of State Pensions

An overhaul of the retirement benefits Illinois gives state employees, public school teachers and university workers has been the subject of talks between state leaders in recent months. Gov. Bruce Rauner said so Wednesday, but he sounded uncertain as to what will come of it.

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