The Health Reporter Is In: Oct. 7, 2015

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Grand opening for Field & Stream/Dick's Sporting Goods on Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign's two newest sports-related retail stores are holding their grand opening starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Dick's Sporting Goods and Field & Stream have opened side-by-side stores covering about 100,000 square feet on the site of the former Sears store at Market Place Shopping Center, according to community marketing manager Scott Casey.

No Ordinary Joe, Cubs' Maddon might be MLB's best skipper

JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Everyone expected some zaniness when Joe Maddon came to town.

Ex-Illinois official back to prison after name change

SPRINGFILED, Ill. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an ex-Illinois official to prison after he changed his name, claimed he's dead and violated his supervised-release conditions.

Illinois reducing fees on college savings plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois is reducing fees on its Bright Directions 529 college savings plan to help families put more of their investment toward rising tuition costs.

Illinois panel to consider 8 ailments for medical marijuana

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (AP) — A panel of medical experts is meeting to consider adding eight more ailments to the list that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois.

Rockford losing its air connection to New York City area

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford airport is losing its connection to the New York City area just weeks after the service began.

Stevenson family exhibit on hold due to Illinois budget feud

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A planned exhibit on former Gov. Adlai Stevenson and his political dynasty family is on hold, due partially to Illinois' budget stalemate.

Illinois corn, soybean harvests at the halfway mark

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture says that both the corn and soybean harvests are about 50 percent complete.

Monsanto posts 4th quarter loss, to eliminate 2,600 jobs to cut costs