Illinois Briefs – 8/9/14

Last Updated on August 9th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

Springfield Aldermen To Discuss Medical Marijuana Proposal

(Springfield, IL) — Springfield aldermen are moving forward talks on a possible plan for cultivating and distributing medical marijuana next week. The aldermen, at their committee of the whole meeting, will consider a proposal asking the Planning and Zoning Commission to have a public hearing on changing zoning code to allow medical-pot. Mayor Mike Houston told the “State Journal-Register” the city hasn’t had much interest from groups wanting to bring medical-pot centers to the city, but he believes such facilities will be coming to Springfield.

Harrisburg Mayor Dies

(Harrisburg, IL) — People in Harrisburg are mourning the loss of their mayor. Ron Crank died yesterday, only a year after he was chosen for the job. He had served on the Harrisburg City Council for three years, then was named mayor last year. He had to resign recently to finish cancer treatments. Visitation for Crank will take place Sunday afternoon at Reed Funeral Home in Harrisburg, while services will be held Monday morning at 10:00 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Clinton Landfill Owners To Appeal Part Of Waste Ban Decision

(Clinton, IL) — Clinton landfill owners are going to appeal Governor Pat Quinn’s ban on certain types of waste from the site. Quinn last month told the state Environmental Protection Agency to change the landfill’s permit to prohibit some types of garbage from what the landfill can bury. Some of the banned garbage includes byproducts from closed manufactured gas plants. The landfill told the “News-Gazette” they are disappointed in the decision, but they have followed instructions to stop taking manufactured gas plant waste at the facility.

School Supply Drives Underway

(Undated) — Several organizations are collecting donations so local children can have the supplies they need to start school. United Way of Southern Illinois is having another Stuff the Bus drive tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at Target/Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion. School boxes, highlighters, notebooks, pens and other supplies are needed. There will also be a School Supply Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Longfellow Park in Murphysboro.

Ye Olde Donut Shoppe Rolling Into Festival

(Champaign, IL) — An old business is rolling back into the pastry world at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana festival next weekend. Ye Olde Donut Shoppe had closed its last store a few years ago, but it will be selling its local doughnuts at the festival next Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th. Festival visitors will be able to try traditional cake and yeast doughnuts and also some gourmet ones at West Side Park in Champaign.