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Updated: 3/04/15 - 5:35 AM

Oglesby Cultivation Center Still Coming
A marijuana cultivation center is still coming to Oglesby despite some changes the company made in Lee County. Oglesby Mayor Don Finley said that Green Thumb Industries will begin work on their proposed site south of Love's later this week. He said GTI told the city council on Monday that they will still have their farm in Oglesby, which is set to bring 100 jobs to the city. GTI made the decision not to build near Dixon recently, opening up Illinois State Police District One to another company for a cultivation center.

Funds to help fill holes in State Budget
Senate Democratic lawmakers have introduced a plan that would allow the use of special funds to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole affecting subsidized child care programs, prisons and court reporters. Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski's legislation would allow Gov. Bruce Rauner to use $580 million of funds dedicated to various purposes. The funds maintain reserves by drawing in money from state services and fees.

State Board of Education Requesting Money
State school superintendent Christopher Koch says Illinois school districts already struggling to get by can't afford a funding cut next year. The Board of Education is asking lawmakers for an additional $730 million for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed a smaller increase of about $300 million.

Drew Peterson Pleads Not Guilty to Hiring Charges
Drew Peterson has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to hire someone to kill the Will County state's attorney who helped put him in prison. The former suburban Chicago police officer who was convicted of killing his third wife appeared Tuesday morning in a Randolph County courtroom.

First Degree Murder Charges in Rockford
A Rockford man faces first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife. The Winnebago County State's Attorney's office brought the murder charges against John C. Boose. Authorities say Regina Boose died after she was taken to a hospital in January. They say she died from blunt force trauma.

Harpo Studios Closing
A building important in Chicago television history is closing later this year. Oprah Winfrey says she will close Harpo Studios in the city's West Loop in December. Winfrey taped her television show at Harpo for more than 20 years but is moving all her production to a new studio in California.

Chicago, Emanuel Denies Cubs for 24/7 Work
The Chicago Cubs say they want to expand the work hours on the renovations to Wrigley Field but won't ask permission for crews to work around-the-clock. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said earlier Tuesday city ordinances won't allow construction to continue 24/7. The Cubs say the project is behind schedule and they need to speed the work in the weeks ahead.


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