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

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say they expect to get the first indications next week of how many people are applying for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana. The state started taking applications today from people whose last names start with the letters A through L. The state public health department has 30 days to review an application.

HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) - Investigators are looking into what caused a transformer fire at a northern Illinois power plant. The fire this morning at the Dynegy Power Station in Hennepin forced one of two power-generating units to shut down. A Dynegy spokeswoman says no one was hurt.

CHICAGO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) says a lack of economic growth under Democratic Governor Pat Quinn's administration has led to high unemployment among veterans. Rauner says patronage hiring has left out job candidates who are veterans. Quinn says Illinois has the most veteran friendly programs in the country.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The state climatologist says after a cooler-than-usual July the summer finally turned warmer in August. The statewide average temperature in August was 73.9 degrees. That's just above the average for the month and about 3.6 degrees warmer than July's 70.3 degrees. The July figure tied the coolest July on record for the state.

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