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Two Cisne FFA members have been honored at the State FFA Convention in Springfield.  Meg Sitzes has been named Small animal Care and Production State Proficiency winner. She is the daughter of Mack and Ellen Sitzes.  Mitchell Levi was nominated to represent Illinois at the National Agriscience Fair in Louisville, KY.

63-year-old Roger Dale Young of Eldorado has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after being convicted of trying to hire someone to kill his wife in 2012.  Young’s wife, Linda died in an Evansville hospital from a prescription drug overdose shortly after his arrest.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is calling for faster access to doctors for veterans facing extreme wait times for treatment within the Veterans Affairs system.  Kirk is asking that the acting VA Director declare a “state of emergency” to open up non-agency health care to veterans enduring delays.

The Illinois Department of Human Services and the Public Health Department have started collecting data from nursing home pharmacies weekly in an effort to prevent the inappropriate use of prescription drugs to subdue nursing home patients.  The resulting reports will help the nursing home industry stop using drugs as “chemical restraints.”

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was in Marion earlier this week to sign a bill that clarifies the legality of “Poker Runs”.  The law ensures that participants will be able to enjoy fundraising Poker Runs without worrying about high fines and legal troubles.

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