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Governor OKs cannabis use for people with seizure disorders

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Sunday that will expand access to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 2636, sponsored by Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, expands the qualifying conditions of the program to include seizure disorders, such as epilepsy and those associated with brain injuries.


Ford County Public Health Department slates Aug. 1 open house

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will host an open house Friday, Aug. 1, for the public to learn about the new agency’s services.

The Ford County Public Health Department began operation July 1 following the dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Like Ford County, neighboring Iroquois County opened its own health department July 1.


Committee OKs medical-marijuana rules

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state’s medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers soon can apply for permits and get the new industry started.


Emily Young to ride for a cure

CHANNAHON — Like most teens her age, Emily Young is excited about her future. The difference is Young’s future involves fighting to find a cure for a rare genetic disease that is causing her to lose her life, called Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA).


Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department comes to an end

GILMAN — Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department staff and board members thanked each other for their dedicated years of service during the agency’s final board meeting Monday night, after the board completed the only remaining actions to prepare for the dissolution of the 34-year-old health department.


Q-&-A with FIPHD interim Administrator Steve Williams

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s interim administrator, Steve Williams, is nearing the end of his eight-month stint in Paxton and Watseka.


County boards to vote on intergovernmental agreement Friday

The Ford and Iroquois county boards are expected to approve an intergovernmental agreement Friday that addresses remaining issues of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

The bi-county agency will be dissolved June 30, the day before two new health departments independently serving Ford and Iroquois counties begin operation.


Ford County Public Health officials ready for July 1 opening

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department board approved the agency’s policies and procedures, set its hours of operation and approved a contract with Gibson Area Hospital, among others, during its final meeting prior to the agency’s start of operations.


Ford-Iroquois Public Health offices sell for $82,500

PAXTON — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s offices in Paxton and Watseka were sold at a public auction last week for a total of $82,500.

Ford County had the winning bid — for $42,500 — for the bi-county agency’s Paxton office at 235 N. Taft St.


Ford County Relay for Life event raises $10,000

GIBSON CITY — There were fewer participants, but no less passion.

The Ford County Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which took place Saturday at Gibson City’s North Park, raised $10,000, bringing the total raised by Ford County to just over $45,000.