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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses.
 
The Illinois Secretary of State's office says more than 12,000 immigrants have received licenses since December under a new state law.
 
Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 locations will offer license tests by the end of the month.
 
The licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving. They can't be used as identification for activities like boarding a plane, voting or buying a firearm.
 
Supporters say the law will save Illinois motorists money and make roads safer. Critics say the state should be cracking down on immigrants who entered the country illegally.
 
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:59
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A group of Missouri lawmakers joined health care advocates to outline a plan aimed at reducing the cost of pill-form chemotherapy.
The proposed legislation would require insurance companies to levy the same out-of-pocket costs for oral chemotherapy as they do for the traditional intravenous treatment.
The American Cancer Society said Wednesday that insurance companies can charge higher co-payments and deductibles for chemotherapy pills.
The proposed measure would impact only health plans that provide coverage for both types of treatments.
Rep. Sheila Solon, a Republican from Blue Springs, says the legislation would not increase premiums for cancer patients.
Twenty-seven other states and the District of Columbia have passed similar measures seeking to reduce the cost of the chemotherapy pills.
   
 
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:50
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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's City Council is expected to vote on a proposal that would limit the use of electronic cigarettes.
The proposal that's set to be discussed Wednesday would expand the city's regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, barring their use in offices, indoor public areas and within a certain distance of building entrances.
Electronic cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Users get nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.
But their popularity among young people has raised the concern of public health officials.
WLS-TV reports the proposed rules would also require merchants who sell e-cigarettes to keep them behind store counters.
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An exhibit about the award-winning movie "Lincoln" will open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois on Friday. Museum officials say film director Steven Spielberg generally doesn't preserve sets from his movies, but "Lincoln" was so special he made an exception.
The sets, costumes and props arrived at the museum on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
   
Meanwhile, the couch where socialite Mary Todd received a gangly young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln will be restored. The Springfield Art Association has raised more than $4,500 to save the 180-year-old sofa.  The unveiling of the restored couch will be February 11.
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