Updated: May 5, 2014 8:25AM
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush announced Wednesday that he’ll be hosting a forum for nonprofit organizations on “Understanding the Grantseeking Process.”
Rush, D-Chicago, will be hosting the forum for nonprofit organizations, business chambers and associations from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 11 at Chicago State University, 9501 S. Martin Luther King Drive, University Library, 4th Floor, according to a press release. Registration is required.
Continental breakfast will be provided.
Participants are scheduled to hear from grant writers, and fundraising experts, according to the release.
For more information, call 708-385-9550 or to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan would expand medical marijuana
SPRINGFIELD — A proposal that would allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana is moving through the Illinois Legislature.
The legislation passed the Senate on Tuesday with a 49-5 vote. It adds epilepsy to the medical conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis, including children with epilepsy.
Currently, only residents 18 years and older can use medical marijuana in the state’s four-year pilot program.
Parents of children with epilepsy say consuming oil from the marijuana plant reduces seizures and doesn’t make children feel high.
State Sen. Iris Martinez is sponsoring the measure. She says using medical marijuana will reduce seizures in children.
Opponents say legalizing marijuana for minors contradicts the state’s drug prevention programs.
The bill now moves to the House for consideration.
INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak route
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
INDOT issued a news release Wednesday saying it and communities along the rail line are seeking to improve the Hoosier State passenger experience, increase the number of passengers and decrease operating costs by allowing more companies to bid for the service.
Legislation that Congress passed in 2008 stopped funding last fall for passenger rail routes less than 750 miles long. That cost Indiana $3 million in annual aid for the Hoosier State line, which runs four days per week between Chicago and Indianapolis.
Companies can submit proposals on all or some portion of the passenger rail service, including upkeep and maintenance of Indianapolis Union Station.
Environmentalists want stricter coal regulations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois environmentalists are calling for stricter regulations and better enforcement of existing rules for coal mines.
Residents from coal mining areas and environmental advocates made their case in Springfield on Wednesday.
They say a recent surge in coal mining has heightened concerns over what they consider lax regulation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
They claim that mines are allowed to continue operating even after violating environmental laws. They also worry that a surge in mining will destroy farmland and pollute water.
The groups were reacting a day after the DNR said it would reform the way it deals with coal mining permits to do a better job of involving the public in the process.
A DNR spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.