Illinois Department of Public Health

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3:10 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Illinois has approved 2,500 medical marijuana patients

Illinois sent about 200 approval letters in May to patients who qualify for the new medical marijuana program, but the pace of approvals and applications has slowed.

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State News
4:29 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

1st positive test for West Nile virus in Illinois in 2015

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the first positive test for West Nile virus this year was found in mosquitoes collected in southern Illinois.

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State News
2:44 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Illinois licensing pools, beaches as swimming season starts

Swimming season is starting in Illinois and the state has been licensing public pools and beaches.

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State News
3:05 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

New marijuana conditions aren't official yet

Eager Illinois marijuana patients are jumping the gun by submitting applications for diseases that haven't yet been officially approved.

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State News
6:54 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Med Marijuana program extension proposal moves forward

  A measure extending Illinois' medical marijuana program beyond 2017 has passed an Illinois Senate committee.  The Senate Executive Committee approved the measure Wednesday with an 8-3 vote. It heads to the Senate floor. The legislation changes the program's duration to four years from when the first dispensary begins operating instead of the automatic repeal scheduled for Jan. 1, 2018. The Illinois Department of Public Health has approved 2,300 medical marijuana patients since September.

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State News
5:38 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Governor snuffs out tobacco quitline

A free smoking cessation program has shut down. Twenty-seven of its workers were laid off yesterday, days after the tobacco quitline received a letter last Friday from the state public health department.  The letter said it would get no more money for the remainder of the fiscal year. 

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State News
11:59 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Medical marijuana expansion considerations

  People who want to present evidence about adding migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions to the Illinois medical marijuana program must mail a statement of intent by Saturday.An advisory board is reviewing 14 medical conditions suggested by the public in petitions and will hold a public hearing May 4. People wishing to present evidence at the hearing are asked to send a summary of their testimony to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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State News
12:41 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Illinois has approved 2,000 medical marijuana patients

Illinois approved about 400 new patient applications for medical marijuana during March, bringing the total to 2,000 patients with complete paperwork.

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State News
5:55 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Illinois has 'Top 10 Tips' for medical marijuana patients

The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a "Top 10" list of tips for people applying for medical marijuana cards.

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State News
10:56 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Illinois medical marijuana patients now number 1,600

The number of Illinois patients getting state approval to use medical marijuana continues to climb.

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