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A Cabot Oil and Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site on January 18, 2012 in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, stimulates gas production by injecting wells with high volumes of chemical-laced water in order to free-up pockets of natural gas below. The process is controversial with critics saying it could poison water supplies, while the natural-gas industry says it's been used safely for decades. While New York State has yet to decide whether to allow fracking, economically struggling Binghamton has passed a drilling ban which prohibits any exploration or extraction of natural gas in the city for the next two years. The Marcellus Shale Gas Feld extends through parts of New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and could hold up to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

State Agency Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan Friday to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient.

08/29/2014

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)

Legislative Panel OKs Rules For Medical Marijuana

A law enacted last year authorized a four-year pilot project that will expire in 2017. So far, not a single marijuana seed has been planted. But now that rules have been approved, the state agencies running the program can start posting applications for a limited number of grower and retailer permits.

07/15/2014

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 Rules Drop Gun Language

Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state’s new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that angered gun owners.

04/18/2014

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Dr. Rebecca Bailey’s Tips For A Safe Halloween

Going trick-or-treating with the kids this Halloween? Elizabeth Bailey RN and Dr. Rebecca Bailey’s have some helpful tips for ensuring a safe and fun night out in the neighborhood.

10/24/2013

King College Prep High School (Credit: CBS)

Students Stage Sit-In To Demand New Principal

About 500 students at King College Prep High School in the North Kenwood neighborhood staged a sit-in on Thursday, demanding the new principal; and an end to new rules that limit their access to the school, its labs, tutors, and teachers after normal school hours.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2012

Members of the Coalition Against G8 protest proposed rules for demontrators at the upcoming G8 summit in Chicago. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Scales Back Planned Fines For NATO/G8 Protesters

For the second time since moving to increase fines and restrictions on protests for the upcoming G8 and NATO Summits, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2012

Montee Ball

NCAA Approves College Football Rule Changes

When the 2011 college football season kicks off, there will be several new rules that coaches and players have to be aware of. Among them is a new rule that would give teams the option of running 10 seconds off the clock, after penalties.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2011

Alexei Ramirez

Dorfman: Replay Proposal Makes Instant Sense

Common sense and baseball sometimes can be contradictory phrase. But once in a while, the sport manages to get something right, or at least correct a longstanding wrong.

670 The Score–04/15/2011

Devin Hester

NFL Owners Vote For Changes In Kickoff

As the impasse between NFL players and owners continues, the owners went ahead with their annual meeting Tuesday and voted for major changes in the kickoff.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Rule Would Make Blocking Bills Harder In State House

A common complaint at the state Capitol is that a bill is trapped in the House Rules Committee. A new rule would keep that from happening so easily.

WBBM Newsradio–02/08/2011