CHICAGO (AP) - Northeastern Illinois University will host the last of three town hall meetings about the application process for the state's medical marijuana program. The meeting is set for Wednesday morning at the school's student union building in Chicago. Patients, caregivers and aspiring business owners are invited to attend to learn how the application process will work in the state's four-year pilot program.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a Chicago-area woman has died in custody two days after she and three other suspects in a burglary ring were arrested in central New York. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Chanel Lakatosz (LAH'-kuh-tohsh) of Norridge was found unresponsive Tuesday in her cell. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Lakatosz was one of four Chicago-area residents arrested at a Syracuse hotel Sunday.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - An eastern Illinois food bank says about one in every five residents of the region relies on food pantries and other forms of food aid. The data comes from a report released this week by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in Urbana and the organization Feeding America. The report indicates the number of people relying on food aid to eat has increased over the past four years from about 105,000 people to 116,800.
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - Officials in a northeastern Illinois city have approved construction of a transitional housing facility for mental illness patients. The Kankakee City Council unanimously voted this week in favor of a permit for a 10-room, short-term living facility for people finishing treatment. Chicago-based organization Thresholds requested to build a dorm area where people will stay for no longer than 90 days.
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