Fracking in Illinois won’t begin in earnest until next year, even though a bill regulating the practice was approved by lawmakers last week.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources must first adopt rules to mirror the new regulations and hire dozens of new engineers, lawyers and inspectors. Preparations could take up to a year.

40-year-old Harley J. Lewallen, Jr. of Carmi was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for unlawful delivery of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. In addition to four years in prison, Lewallen was also ordered to pay court costs, a $500 drug assessment, $100 lab fee and a $240 street value fine.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a 30 day delay of a mandate for the state to enact a concealed gun carry law.  The court gave lawmakers until this Saturday to legalize concealed carry.

28-year-old Sonny D. Southall of McLeansboro denies he carried a loaded .9 mm handgun into the Sportsmen’s Club in Enfield over the weekend and threatened patrons.  When police asked why he had a holster on his belt, Souhall told them it was for carrying an extra beer.  The gun was later found discarded in the tree line next to the club.

Cats and kittens from the Wayne County Humane Society will be available for adoption this month at Kincaids in Fairfield. The Humane Society has reduced their $25 cat adoption fee from $25 to $15. Kincaids will also provide a free bag of cat food with every cat or kitten adoption.

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