Illinois Department of Agriculture News

Judge refuses to toss TRO over pot-growing permit; sets plaintiff's bond at $200K, not $2M as requested

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 19, 2015

A temporary restraining order preventing the state from issuing a pot-growing permit in the Kankakee area will remain in place until further order of the court, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday.

Judge set to rule Thursday on requests to dissolve TRO, order bond in suit over pot-growing license

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 18, 2015

A Cook County judge on Thursday will rule on a pair of issues in a case challenging the state's new medical marijuana program.

State hit with second lawsuit over pot-growing license awarded to Cresco Labs

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 12, 2015

Another company that lost out to Cresco Labs for a permit to legally grow pot in Illinois has filed a lawsuit.On Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, White Oak Growers LLC sued Philip Nelson, acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and Cresco Labs LLC, a company that won a trio of cultivation licenses under the state's new medical marijuana program.And like the lawsuit PM Rx LLC

Lawsuit over pot-growing license in Kankakee continues as state seeks $2.2M bond; hearing set for next week

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 10, 2015

The company challenging the licensing process behind Illinois' new medical marijuana program should have to pony up at least $2 million as bond, according to attorneys representing the defendants in the case.At a hearing Tuesday, attorneys for the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Cresco Labs LLC asked Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy to make PM Rx LLC-- the plaintiff company that failed

Judge halts issuance of pot-growing license in Kankakee; allows discovery and sets hearing for March 10

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 4, 2015

A Cook County judge has issued a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit that challenges the licensing process behind the state's new medical marijuana program.

TRO hearing set over medical marijuana license controversy

By Ann Maher | Mar 3, 2015

A Cook County judge will decide whether to halt licensing for a medical marijuana cultivation facility to a controversial applicant following a 2:30 p.m. hearing today.

Supreme Court reverses Fifth District to toss retaliatory discharge case against soybean company

By Bethany Krajelis | Dec 4, 2014

BurkeThree former employees of a soybean supply company failed to prove they were fired in retaliation for providing information that led to a state investigation into underweight seed bags, the Illinois Supreme Court held Thursday.In their 10-page opinion, the justices unanimously reversed the 2011 ruling of the Fifth District Appellate Court to affirm now-retired Washington County Judge Dennis Hatch’s

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