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Advisory Panel Endorses Use Of Medical Pot To Treat PTSD, Not Diabetes

An advisory board is recommending a few more illnesses that should be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/04/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Board To Hear Case For Marijuana For PTSD, Other Conditions

Monday’s hearing is a step toward expanding the Illinois medical marijuana program to include PTSD and other conditions. An advisory board made up of patients, nurses, doctors and a pharmacist will hear testimony. The board will make recommendations to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

05/04/2015

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Illinois Mulls Expanded Disease List For Medical Marijuana Program

Petitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

04/06/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Has Approved 2,000 Medical Marijuana Patients

The health department says about 19,500 people have started the patient registration process. Of those, about 2,700 have submitted at least part of the application. The tally is still far short of the number of patients the program’s coordinator hoped would enroll in the first year.

04/01/2015

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Lambs Farm Getting A Handle On “Frustrating” Bed Bug Problem

Experts say bed bugs can be found almost anywhere; from homes and businesses to hotels, shelters, and hospitals. Now, an organization for the developmentally disabled in the Chicago area is fighting them.

03/06/2015

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Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin Abuse

Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.

03/02/2015

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Illinois Measles Cases Climb To 14 With Another Infant Sick

All 14 cases have been in Cook County, with 2 adults and 12 infants affected. Thirteen of the 14 cases have been associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine.

02/17/2015

In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Another Suburban Measles Case Brings Illinois Total To 11

Ten people who have been infected with measles are associated with KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine, including this new case.

02/12/2015

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Five Infants From Palatine Daycare Center Diagnosed With Measles

Cook County and Illinois public health officials have begun investigating a cluster of measles cases linked to a daycare center in Palatine.

02/05/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Now Number 650

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Wednesday almost 13,000 have registered online and started an application. She says about 1,800 people have submitted at least part of the application.

01/08/2015

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6 Chicago-Area Firms Cited For Asbestos Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the exposure occurred during the summertime renovation of the Chute Middle School cafeteria in Evanston. OSHA is proposing a combined $132,000 in penalties.

12/31/2014

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Chicago Couple Convicted Of Stealing State Grants

A Chicago businessman and his wife were convicted Wednesday on more than a dozen counts of stealing $3.4 million in state taxpayer money as part of a rampant fraud scheme involving Illinois Department of Public Health grants.

12/18/2014

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Jury Begins Deliberating Illinois Grant-Fraud Case

Leon and Karin Dingle are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in a Justice Department investigation that has already yielded four guilty pleas.

12/17/2014

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Attorney Blames Couple’s Bookkeeper In Fraud Case

Misplaced confidence, not criminal intent, is to blame for a Chicago couple’s involvement in a $5 million fraud scheme that rocked the Illinois Department of Public Health and dragged a friend of President Barack Obama into the spotlight, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

12/16/2014

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Closing Arguments Continue In Grant Fraud Trial

Closing arguments are scheduled Tuesday in the case of 77-year-old Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, 75-year-old Karin. They face multiple counts of mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

12/16/2014

President Barack Obama (L) waves to spectators as he walks down the first fairway with Dr. Eric Whitaker at Farm Neck Golf Course August 24, 2009 in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massacusetts. (Photo by Vincent DeWitt-Pool/Getty Images)

Feds Won’t Call Obama Pal Whitaker To Testify In Grant Fraud Case

Federal prosecutors say they don’t plan to call a friend of President Barack Obama’s who made what they call “baseless accusations” about racial bias to testify in a trial over funds allegedly misused at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

12/09/2014

President Barack Obama (L) waves to spectators as he walks down the first fairway with Dr. Eric Whitaker at Farm Neck Golf Course August 24, 2009 in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massacusetts. (Photo by Vincent DeWitt-Pool/Getty Images)

Judge Decides Friend Of Obama Is ‘Hostile Witness’

A federal judge Monday declared a close friend of President Barack Obama to be a “hostile witness” in a trial over funds allegedly misused at the Illinois Department of Public Health, following a hearing where Dr. Eric Whitaker leveled accusations of racial bias against prosecutors.

12/09/2014

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State Orders Mandatory Quarantine For Those Who Have Had Contact With Ebola Patients

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced a 21-day quarantine for those who’ve had direct contact with West Africa Ebola patients.

10/25/2014

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Sick Child From Liberia Does Not Have Ebola, Illinois Health Officials Say

The child was one of two people traveling from Liberia to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport who were taken to area hospitals and placed in isolation as a precaution.

10/23/2014

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Scammers Trying To Cash In On Ebola Scare

The Illinois Attorney General’s office said it has received complaints of several possible email scams related to the Ebola scare. One email says it will provide an Ebola “surplus personal protection kit.”

10/10/2014

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