DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A homeless shelter in eastern Iowa is facing a growing demand for beds, despite federal figures showing a drop in homeless populations statewide and in Illinois and Wisconsin. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the Dubuque Rescue Mission has set up beds in hallways and a laundry room to deal with demand. The shelter's director says the rising demand is a result of chronic mental health and substance abuse issues.
CAROL STREAM, Ill. (AP) - Police in northwestern Illinois will soon try out new tests meant to quickly detect if drivers have drugs in their systems. Carol Stream police will begin testing drivers in February for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates like heroin. The system will begin testing on a voluntary basis because results can't yet be used as conclusive evidence in court.
CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Illinois households have been cut off of federal food stamps as a state agency transitions to a new computer system that handles such benefits. The Chicago Tribune reports that problems come after the Illinois Department of Human Services rolled out the second phase of a new computer system. A certain number of people who receive food stamps lose benefits each month because of missed deadlines or ineligibility, but that number grew significantly in November.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago program is aiming to redefine stereotypical images of masculinity in hopes of combatting violence. The Chicago Tribune reports that "What's Up With Manhood?" was created by the nonprofit Options for Youth. Organizers say they hope to promote healthy relationships and choices, and instill a sense of responsibility.
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