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

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Corrections is investigating a prison power outage to decide whether the state's correctional facilities are adequately prepared for emergencies. An August 20th storm caused a 92-minute blackout at Vandalia Correctional Center. One prisoner at the minimum-security facility attacked a guard and others became unruly.

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - The Kankakee County coroner says a 15-year-old boy has drowned in the Kankakee River. Jayden Irby of Chicago Heights was pronounced dead Sunday evening. Illinois State Police are investigating. They say crews pulled the boy from the south shore of the river in Aroma Park.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is starting to take applications from people who want to be able to use medical marijuana. People whose last names start with the letters A through L or their caregivers can apply for special ID cards now. Those with last names beginning with M through Z have to wait until the first of November to apply.

CHICAGO (AP) - More guards were on duty today as Chicago schoolchildren walked to their first day of school. The city spent another $1 million this year to add another 100 workers to the Safe Passage program. And the state has pledged $10 million. Officials say another 600 workers will be hired over the next several weeks.

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