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First Legal Pot Sales; But Gun Owners Wary

OTTAWA — With legal sales of marijuana underway in the state on New Year’s Day, a question remained on how the impact of the recreational drug use will be felt on those requiring federal licensing, like gun owners.  The Illinois State Police issued a statement that they will not revoke a ...Read more

Ex-employee arrested, suspected in $597,000 theft

CHANNAHON TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) — A former employee at a Chicago-area vegetable oil producing company faces theft and forgery charges in the suspected theft of more than $597,000 through an expense reporting scheme. The Will County sheriff’s office says Jennifer C. Ramos was arrested Monday. It ...Read more

Governor grants 20 New Years Eve clemency petitions

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has granted 20 petitions for clemency hours ahead of the New Year. A list released by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board Tuesday shows the cases date as far back as 1975 for crimes including battery, drug possession, attempted burglary and theft. ...Read more

Tow driver struck, killed on Chicago-area freeway

MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A 23-year-old tow truck driver has been struck and killed on a Chicago-area freeway while trying to remove vehicles from a previous crash. State police say Andrew Dove-Ferdere was outside his truck when he was hit about 6 a.m. Wednesday on eastbound Interstate 290 in ...Read more