Illinois Senator Mark Kirk-R

State News
6:08 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Sen. Kirk: Synthetic marijuana poses security risk for Illinois

Synthetic cannabis, marketed as herbal incense.

Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk is cracking down on the export of synthetic marijuana. IPR’s Mariam Sobh reports.

Kirk says O’Hare International Airport is among the top 5 hubs for the substance. Drug Enforcement Administration officials believe the synthetic drug was invented and produced in China. Kirk says he is applying pressure to the Chinese government, because it’s not only a health hazard, but is also a security issue. DEA officials say side effects of using synthetic weed include psychotic episodes, seizures, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting and even catatonia.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:14 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

VA care questions include Peoria Outpatient Clinic

A new audit shows nearly 900 veterans have requested appointments at Illinois' Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade but not received them. The Veterans Affairs Department released findings Monday of a national audit on quality of care and wait times.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Anti-gang funding to help programs like Don't Shoot

  Illinois ranks number one in the nation per-capita for gang membership with gang members in Peoria outnumber police about two to one. That’s why Illinois Senator Mark Kirk says he worked to get $18.5 million allocated toward suppressing gang activity. 

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