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Wednesday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker gave his State of the State message to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate, in Springfield. 

Now that the excitement has died down from the advent of legal recreational marijuana in Illinois, health authorities want to remind us of its hazards. The Chief Operating Officer for the Rock Island County Health Department, Janet Hill, says there are a variety of health risks.

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Many Illinois college students will soon be able to buy marijuana, but many campuses will remain drug-free.

Augustana College, Western Illinois University, and Carl Sandburg College will prohibit cannabis on school property. 

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The US Small Business Adminstration has issued a disaster declaration for Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports, the designation should help households and businesses recover from record flooding earlier this year.

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Illinois and Iowa will work with four other states to study the availability of “alternative fuel” along Interstate 80.

They’ve received a federal grant, and will each contribute some of their own money, to figure out where electric vehicles can be charged and where compressed natural gas is available.

Herb Trix reports. 

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People in Illinois won't get any help from FEMA to recover from this year's record-breaking floods. Unless the federal agency changes its mind after an appeal from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Michelle O'Neill reports.

Friends, family, co-workers, and former staff will gather this weekend to remember a man who represented the Quad Cities and western Illinois in Congress for 24 years. The forum in Rock Island will officially launch the Lane Evans Legacy Project. 

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On Midwest Week, Illinois prepares for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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Even though they measure it in different ways, Iowa and Illinois both report air quality is improving.


The River Bend Foodbank in Davenport has made significant progress in wiping out hunger in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.