Illinois Briefs – 7/16/14

Last Updated on July 16th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

Medical Pot Rules Approved

(Springfield, IL) — People with about three-dozen illnesses can start applying for a license to use medical marijuana in September. Lawmakers approved the rules for the pilot program, which will allow patients to get up to two-and-a-half-ounces of marijuana every two weeks. The licenses will only be issued to people who have already been seeing a doctor for their illness. To qualify, patients will need a doctor’s prescription, plus they’ll have to submit to a background check.

Pot Farm Headed To Metro-East

(Marissa, IL) — A small town in the Metro-East could soon be home to a medical marijuana farm. The St. Clair County Zoning Board has given Nature’s Care the green light to build on 14-acres near Marissa, Illinois on Route 13. The company plans to grow marijuana to make candy, cookies, drinks, pills, and other products for the state’s dispensaries. The plan still needs approval from the county and the state but company officials hope to be up and running by this time next year.

NRI Hearing To Go Forward Today

(Chicago, IL) — The feds are once again asking lawmakers to delay its probe into Governor Quinn’s controversial anti-violence program. A legislative audit commission will consider the request by taking a vote at a 10:00a.m. hearing in Chicago. It’s the second time the feds have made the request, but Republicans weren’t willing to agree to it the first time around. If the panel rejects the request and chooses to move forward, it will take testimony from the woman who headed up the program. Barb Shaw will go before the committee to give details about how the program was run and how money was distributed.

Quinn Has More Money On Hand Than Rauner

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Quinn has more money in his campaign war chest than his Republican contender, Bruce Rauner. Quinn has about 12-million-bucks compared to Rauner’s three-and-a-half. But that isn’t saying too much. Rauner dumped millions of his own money into the primary election. There’s no reason to believe he can’t or won’t do the same to win in November. Political experts say the two could very well likely spend up to 100-million-dollars trying to win the election, which will make this the most expensive governor’s race in Illinois history.

Corn, Soybean Crop Looking Good

(Undated) — Illinois’ corn and soybean crops are looking pretty good. The USDA reports that 81-percent of the corn crop is rated as good or excellent. Seventy-five percent of soybeans are in the same good or excellent category. The state’s wheat harvest is about 90-percent complete.