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Midway Airport Ranked Among Most Affordable in Nation

(NEW YORK) -- Chicago Midway International Airport has been ranked among the most affordable airports to depart from, according to the 2014 Airport Affordability Index by Cheapflights.com.

Midway International was ranked the sixth most affordable out of the 101 most popular airports in the country, the website said.

The average airfare from Midway Airport was $269.

Charleston International Airport in South Carolina topped the list with an average airfare of $191, and Honolulu International in Hawaii was the least affordable with an average airfare of $842.

The ranking of airports was done based on user searches on the site during the month of June 2014.

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State Legalizes Medical Marijuana Use for People with Seizures 

(CHICAGO) -- New legislation has been signed in Illinois legalizing medical marijuana for children and adults who suffer seizures.

The legislation signed on Sunday adds the treatment of children and adults with seizures to Illinois' Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

"Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, and this much needed relief will help to reduce some of its symptoms for those who endure seizures," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement. "The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is now designed to help our fellow citizens of all ages by allowing its strictly controlled use for specific medical conditions."

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ATF Adds More Agents to Chicago Office to Tackle Gun Violence

(WASHINGTON) -- With gun violence continuing to be a major problem in Chicago, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is getting seven additional agents at its office in the windy city.

"These new agents are a sign of the federal government's ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago's streets are safe," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

The additional ATF agents will work with federal, state and local law enforcement personnel on strategies to try to reduce illegal gun trafficking and gun crimes, according to the Justice Department.

The additional agents will bring the total number of ATF agents in the Chicago office to 52.

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Former School Board Member Gets 10 Years in Prison for Fraud

(CHICAGO) -- A former North Chicago school board member has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for her role in a fraud scheme involving bus contracts.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 63-year-old Gloria Harper was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty in October 2013 to one count each of wire fraud and filing a false federal income tax return.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Harper received "at least $566,000 in kickbacks from three co-defendants who controlled several different transportation companies that received more than $21 million in student bus contracts over nearly a decade."

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Man Charged in Weekend Shooting that Wounded Two Teens

(CHICAGO) -- An 18-year-old man has been charged in connection with a shooting in Chicago last weekend that left two other teenagers injured.

Cortez Patterson has been charged with unlawful possession/use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and violating parole, Chicago Police announced Wednesday.

The charges stem from a shooting on Sunday evening on the 3300 Block of W. 15th Street in Chicago. Police said a 17-year-old boy was shot in the knee and a 16-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder.

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