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WASHINGTON (AP) - After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack Obama grants him the nation's highest commendation for battlefield valor. Obama plans to posthumously award the Congressional Medal of Honor Monday on 1st Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections. State Representative Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, told the Southern newspaper Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Hundreds of workers demanding higher wages walked off the job yesterday at a Lear Corporation plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago. Workers at the plant in Hammond which employs 760 workers making seats for Ford Explorer and Taurus models have complained of fast-food-like wages.

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) - The Kane County Cougars plan to add several amenities to their stadium for 2015. The Aurora Beacon-News says the Class A baseball team will install a high-definition video board, a premium seating area and music pavilion to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

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