Agriculture Officials Sound Alarm About Suspicious Seeds Coming In Mail From ChinaThe phone has been ringing off the hook at the Illinois Department of Agriculture about suspicious seeds popping up in the mail from China.
New Marijuana Dispensary Opening On Weed Street, But Other Dispensary Licenses Are Stuck On Indefinite PauseThe second recreational-only marijuana dispensary in Chicago opens Wednesday, on – believe it or not - Weed Street.
Pathogen That Causes Tree-Killing Death Found In IllinoisExperts say sudden oak death poses no threats to humans, animals or food sources.
Illinois Farmers Rush To Apply For Hemp Growing LicensesApplications to grow hemp are piling up in Illinois, after Governor J.B. Pritzker said farmers are able to grow hemp for industrial purposes.
Illinois Public Hearing Scheduled On Industrial Hemp RulesThe Illinois Department of Agriculture will have the hearing at 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at the department's John R. Block Building.
Illinois Refuses Permit For Concert To Be Hosted By R. KellyIllinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star.
Illinois Drops Firewood Restrictions, Lifting Ash Borer QuarantineThe Illinois Department of Agriculture says the emerald ash borer has spread to the point that a nearly 10-year-old ban on in-state transportation of firewood is no longer justified.
Illinois State Fair Vendors May Have Payment DelaysIllinois State Fair vendors have agreed to work even though their paychecks may be delayed because of state budget issues, event organizers said.
New Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Question Illinois PermitsThere are now four lawsuits naming the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a defendant and 33 months left in the state's pilot program, which has been troubled by questions about background checks and how the government selected businesses.
Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Focuses On Secret Permitting ProcessA Cook County judge is expected to hear arguments Tuesday on what documents should be part of the case. A Chicago company called PM Rx is suing the Department of Agriculture, claiming the agency broke its own rules when awarding marijuana cultivation permits.
State Encourages Consumers To Buy Products Made In Illinois To Boost EconomyThe state of Illinois is kicking off a campaign today to get you to try to buy more products that are made in Illinois.
Laid Off Agriculture Employees: Quinn Broke His PromiseSome Illinois state Department of Agriculture employees are not only being laid off, but they say Gov. Pat Quinn broke his promise to them.
Ash Borer Problem Still Growing In IllinoisFive years after the Emerald Ash Borer beetle was discovered killing ash trees in Illinois, the battle is becoming more ferocious.