SALMAGUNDI: Local bars deserve seat at sports betting table

By Scott T. Holland Sept. 23, 2019 Larry Johnson is on the right track. Johnson, of downtown Ottawa’s JJ’s Tap, attended the recent Illinois Licensed Beverage Association state convention in Utica and talked with Shaw Media about fears the addition of legalized sports betting in Illinois will put a further squeeze on the bar business, much…

Vaping, e-cigarettes under fire at Illinois House committee hearing

Illinois’ top health official said the vaping-related illness sweeping across the nation has “heightened consequences for youth and young adults.” By Tom Schuba  Sep 23, 2019, 3:18pm CDT Illinois’ chief public health official testified Monday the vast majority of recent vaping-related illnesses in the state have been attributed to the use of marijuana-based products. IDPH Director Dr.…