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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some Illinois residents may soon begin asking for permission to use medical marijuana. State agencies on Tuesday begin taking applications from patients or their registered caregivers. For now, only those with last names beginning with letters "A'' through "L'' can apply. Other patients must wait two more months. Illinois lawmakers approved a pilot medical marijuana program last year for people with certain diseases.

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December. The Iraq veteran and double amputee says she and her husband are "thrilled." Duckworth is a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates who's seeking re-election in November. She announced the pregnancy Monday on NBC's "Today" show.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A 32-year-old Bloomington man who drives a late-night shuttle bus has been charged with aggravated drunken driving. Authorities say Stephen Mckenna was driving a bus used primarily by bar patrons early Sunday morning when Bloomington police were flagged down. Police say Mckenna had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for driving. They say the vehicle struck a utility pole wire as they approached it.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department says there were fewer murders in the first eight months of 2014 than in the same period last year. But they also indicate there were more shootings. The department didn't release the total numbers of murders or shootings. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy touted the statistics while repeating calls for tougher state and federal gun laws. He says without them, the city faces "an uphill battle" fighting violent crime.

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