(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children. While the new law allows parents or guardians to give a “cannabis-infused product” to a student on school property or on a school bus if both parent and child have been cleared to the use the product by the state’s medical marijuana law, it also gives schools authorization to prohibit dispensing the drug if administrators determine it would create a “disruption to the school’s educational environment” or if it would expose other students to the product. Proponents say medical marijuana is often necessary for children with debilitating conditions to be able to attend school.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois officials say the checks are in the mail, sent out to more than 900 state workers to cover back pay owed since 2011. Comptroller Susana Mendoza issued the checks to about 24,000 workers from the Department of Public Health. State lawmakers included $63 million in Illinois’ current budget to take care of the back wages, which they described as the state’s oldest outstanding bill. Former Governor Pat Quinn said in 2011 that the state could not pay a 2 percent raise to workers because the funds had not been appropriated by the General Assembly. Both parties supported the back pay plan earlier this year.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Fair press preview day was yesterday in Springfield as first year State Fair Manager Luke Sailer made the pitch for everyone to attend the annual 11-day event, which will start next Thursday, August 9, and run through Sunday, August 19. While some 200 food samples will be served each evening at the Fair to help celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial, there will be plenty of great grandstand acts on stage ranging from Paris, Illinois native country music star Brett Eldredge to Foreigner and from Thomas Rhett and Brantley Gilbert to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Other State Fair features includes all the great carnival rides, the Butter Cow exhibit, the State DNR Conservation World, various 4-H livestock shows, all the great fair food concessions, and fairground tours. For more, logon at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info.
(INA) Authorities report the body of an 83 year old Ina man who apparently drowned in Rend Lake has been recovered. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says the body was located Wednesday afternoon at around 2:30, a little over two hours after the man had been reported missing after falling in the lake. The name of the man is not being released pending notification of family. The State DNR, the Franklin County EMA, and an area downstate Dive Team assisted the Illinois State Police in the search.