Company files suit against Illinois for marijuana licenses
- Illinois' Department of Agriculture is facing a lawsuit from a Chicago company that claims the state did not follow its own guidelines when it awarded the company's competitor a medical marijuana license.
The suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court by PM Rx LLC seeks an injunction to prevent Cresco Labs from receiving the license. The company claims the state did not follow the proper scoring system when deciding which company would be the cultivation center in State Police District 21, which includes Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties.
PM Rx also wants both companies' applications to be rescored.
Authorities in Rensselaer, IN sexual assault has been ruled out in a Rensselaer homicide case.
Rensselaer Police Department is working with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Indiana State Police. They're continuing the investigation into the death of 77-year-old Trula Alliss. She was found dead in her home February 5.
Investigators said after reviewing evidence recovered at the scene, they do not believe a sexual assault occurred. If anyone has information about the death of Alliss, you're asked to call the detectives bureau at 219-866-7602 or submit tips online.
Indiana State Police at the Lafayette District reported a busy day Thursday, responding to more than 20 slide-offs and crashes on area interstates.
Two injuries resulted in those crashes.
One of the injuries occurred in White County and included five semitrailers and one car. Officers said traffic had slowed down due to a previous crash, when another semi failed to slow and ran into four other semis and one car.
Two semi drivers were taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
I-65 was closed for about three hours while cleanup was completed.
Troopers want to remind drivers to slow down and be cautious of traffic conditions. They said make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you and avoid driving too fast for the road conditions.
At least two customers of a Watseka bank have reported they were contacted by phone and threatened that they owe federal back-taxes. The caller tries to get victims to pay up or they'd be arrested within the hour.
Watseka Police Chief Roger Lebeck warns the public the scammers are using common practice to get victims to turn over personal information, but the chief says that's not how it works. His advice to people getting such calls ? Hang up and contact local authorities. Don't become a victim.
Scammers are using a scare tactic to try to get people to pay. Authorities say certified mail, advising of a court date, is how any such notices would ever alert the public. People are not arrested for non-payment by police.
Iroquois County Sheriff's Police have also received similar complaints.
Snow and Freezing Rain to Impact Travel in Illinois
IDOT Crews Prepared to Battle Winter Weather this Weekend
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Friday that a winter storm is likely to produce measurable snowfall and freezing rain in parts of Illinois this weekend, creating the possibility of hazardous travel conditions.
Motorists should expect slick roadways and be cautious when driving. Travel times are likely to be delayed, so motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, and allow plenty of extra time to travel. For statewide road conditions visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
The National Weather Service expects the heaviest snowfall (4-6 inches forecast in some areas) to occur in the central part of the state, with freezing rain and accumulating ice likely in the southern part of the state. Icy conditions can create extremely dangerous driving conditions.
IDOT crews pretreated bridges, overpasses, and ramps all day Friday – these are most susceptible to icing. IDOT will have more than 1,700 trucks and 3,700 employees available statewide to battle the winter storm.
If you have to drive in a winter storm, don't crowd the plow. Give plow crews plenty of room to work – you might see them, but the plow drivers might not see you.