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Social worker sentenced to jail for having sex with patient

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A former social worker at a suburban Chicago mental health center has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to a sexual misconduct charge involving a patient with a disability. Christy Lenhardt’s plea entered Friday stems from an investigation into

Springfield to consider cannabis zoning, taxes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Illinois’ capitol city will begin debating regulations on growing and selling recreational marijuana before it becomes legal Jan. 1. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the City Council will meet as a committee Tuesday to begin

Ransomware locks Rockford Public Schools’ phones, internet

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Public schools in Rockford, Illinois are operating without internet, telephone or computer systems that track student attendance because of a ransomware attack. The Register Star reports Rockford Public Schools first experienced trouble with its phone and internet services

Agency recommends firing of officer who shot friend

  CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police oversight agency has recommended the firing of an officer who shot his friend and lied about it. In a report completed this summer, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability determined that Officer Patrick J. Kelly shot Michael LaPorta in the head in

Sen. Durbin urges FDA to better regulate e-cigs

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to better regulate the electronic cigarette industry in the wake of several vaping-related deaths. Durban criticized the FDA on Monday for its lack of oversight of the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes

Illinois, Chicago receive $38M to fight opioid epidemic

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois and the city of Chicago are receiving nearly $38 million in federal grants to fight the opioid epidemic. Sen. Dick Durbin says the money will address “one of the worst drug epidemics in our history.” He says the money will help those on the

Hot and humid weather coming our way this week

UNDATED – Hot and humid conditions are back this week, as a warm front is expected to move across north central Illinois tonight. According to weatherology meteorologist Ray Miller, that will stop temperatures from falling too much during overnight hours, at around the low