Rauner Resists Extending Medical Marijuana Program For NowRauner was reacting to a bill backed by Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the original medical marijuana legislation. Lang's bill would extend the program four years from when the first dispensary begins officially operating.
Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin AbuseTwo Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.
Rauner Issued Medical Marijuana Licenses Before FBI Background ChecksGov. Bruce Rauner issued the licenses Monday after conducting an internal review that noted flaws in former Gov. Pat Quinn's handling of the license process. But Rauner's announcement didn't mention the lack of national criminal background checks for the new industry he'd just launched.
Illinois Democrats Content To Wait For Rauner ProposalsHouse and Senate Democrats will seek to protect their own interests and constituencies in eventual negotiations with Rauner. While he speaks of the need for steep budget cuts, they'll likely seek to protect social services, state workers and Medicaid recipients.
Illinois Medical Marijuana Rules Drop Gun LanguageIllinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that angered gun owners.
Quinn Signs Medical Marijuana LegislationIllinois has become the 20th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure allowing doctors to prescribe the drug to patients with a limited number of serious medical conditions.
Lang Steps Aside As Gambling Expansion Sponsor Over 'Perceived Conflict'The longtime backer of a push to expand gambling in Illinois has dropped his name from a pending bill over "perceived conflict of interest" with a law firm where he's counsel.
Illinois House OKs Medical Marijuana LegislationThe Illinois House Wednesday approved a measure to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions.
Group Of Illinois Doctors Backs Medical Marijuana LegislationIllinois lawmakers could vote on legislation to legalize medical marijuana this week, and a group of 250 doctors has urged them to support the measure.
State Lawmaker Ready To Seek House Vote On Medical Marijuana LegislationThe sponsor of legislation that would allow medical marijuana use in Illinois said Tuesday he'll push for a vote on the measure when lawmakers return to Springfield early next month.
Lawmaker Urges More Mental Health Funding After Sandy Hook MassacreAn Illinois state lawmaker said Wednesday that talking about gun control isn't the only conversation we need to have after the shooting massacre at a grade school in Connecticut.
Governor Calls Special Session To Deal With Pension ReformGov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month in an effort to finally reach a consensus on pension reform.