Springfield, Ill. – Aides to Rod Blagojevich say the Illinois governor will use his first State of the State address to propose a comprehensive prescription drug plan for Illinois' seniors.
The plan would pool the purchasing power of nine state agencies that currently purchase drugs. Spokeswoman Cheryl Jackson says the nine agencies currently spend about $1.8 billion on prescription medication; but says combining the programs and purchasing in bulk would save $60 million a year.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Attorneys in Edwardsville wrapped up six weeks of testimony today in a consumer fraud case against the Philip Morris tobacco company.
Lawyers representing more than a million Illinois smokers say the company should pay $21 billion in punitive and compensatory damages for falsely marketing light cigarettes as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes.
But Philip Morris attorneys say when Marlboro Lights were first introduced in the early 70s, consumers did not perceive them as being safer.
St. Louis, Mo. – Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.
While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic that President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.