September 15   5:30 am

IVCC Contracts
Union contracts were approved last week for some staff at Illinois Valley Community College. At last week's board meeting, board members approved four-year contracts with 15 custodial and maintenance workers who are with Service Employees International Union Local 138. Those workers will receive a two percent wage increase each year. 
Officials say negotiations still continue with 83 faculty and counselors who are with the American Federation of Teachers Local 1810, whose contracts ended prior to the start of the new school year

Medal of Honor
 After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack Obama grants him the nation's highest commendation for battlefield valor. Obama plans to posthumously award the Congressional Medal of Honor Monday on 1st Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Marijuana Law
 The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections. State Representative Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, told the Southern newspaper Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors.