The Illinois attorney general's office has told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders. 

Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.

The Human Service Center of Peoria has started distributing free opioid overdose kits to the public in an effort funded by a federal grant.

The Macon County State's Attorney's office plans to have a prosecutor specifically dedicated to dealing with opioid cases.

Law enforcement officials and drug-policy experts have differing takes on whether Illinois should legalize general use of marijuana. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has reached a $4.5 million settlement with an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that her office sued for deceptive marketing of an opioid drug meant for cancer patients.

New Group Aims To Tackle Regional Heroin Use

Dec 7, 2015

Regional law enforcement, community and medical groups are joining forces to tackle the area’s heroin problem.  The Mayor’s Community Coalition Against Heroin will form a multi-agency law enforcement task force to arrest dealers, and include a new team to investigate overdose deaths.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy says the program will mirror techniques used in the anti-violence ‘Don’t Shoot’ program:

IL lawmaker wants to tie welfare to drug testing

Jan 24, 2014

Though federal welfare rules allow for drug testing, only a handful of states have actually made it a prerequisite for assistance.