SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democrats may control the Illinois Capitol after winning veto-proof majorities last fall, but that's not helping them pass legislation on tough issues. As the clock ticks down on the session, Democrats are disagreeing among themselves on the state's pension crisis, the public possession of guns, gay marriage and gambling expansion.
MURDOCK, Ill. (AP) - Activists upset with the pace of reclamation at an eastern Illinois coal mine are pressing the Department of Natural Resources to block the site's owner from extending its reclamation permit. Nearby residents say the process has been too slow and generated pollution.
PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Peoria County are testing a program to allow residents to safely dispose of old prescription drugs. The idea is to limit the abuse of prescription medicines. If successful, the program could be expanded.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago hospital that treats a large number of uninsured patients has laid off nearly 70 employees, including emergency room nurses. Roseland Community Hospital owes millions of dollars in outstanding bills and must pay or reduce services. The Rev. Jesse Jackson is asking the state for a $7 million bailout to keep the hospital running.
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