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Rep. Lou Lang

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Medical Marijuana Rules Drop Gun Language

Illinois 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.

04/18/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Quinn Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Illinois 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.

08/01/2013

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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.

05/22/2013

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Illinois House OKs Medical Marijuana Legislation

The Illinois House Wednesday approved a measure to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions.

04/17/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Group Of Illinois Doctors Backs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Illinois lawmakers could vote on legislation to legalize medical marijuana this week, and a group of 250 doctors has urged them to support the measure.

04/16/2013

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

State Lawmaker Ready To Seek House Vote On Medical Marijuana Legislation

The 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.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2013

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Urges More Mental Health Funding After Sandy Hook Massacre

An 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.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Governor Calls Special Session To Deal With Pension Reform

Gov. 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.

07/30/2012

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Quinn Rains On Ill. House Gambling Parade

Offering up a direct challenge to a resistant Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois House resurrected a huge expansion of legalized gambling Wednesday that includes a land-based casino in Chicago, four more on riverboats and allowing ailing horse-racing tracks to add slot machines.

05/23/2012

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State Rep Furious Over ‘Hostile Amendments’ To Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

A bill to require abortion doctors in Illinois to offer the mother a view of an ultrasound is under attack, by lawmakers attaching hostile amendments.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

Illinois House Floor

Victims’ Bill Of Rights May Be Added To State Constitution

A Victims’ Bill of Rights could be added to the Illinois State Constitution, if a proposed amendment makes it onto the November ballot.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2012

Illinois House Floor

New Gambling Expansion Plan Fails In Illinois House

The Illinois House has voted down the latest proposal to expand gambling in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2011

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New Gambling Proposal Surfaces In State House

The second half of the Illinois General Assembly fall veto session begins Tuesday, with gambling expansion still to be dealt with.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the need for a Chicago casino at a City Hall press conference on Aug. 22, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Cites Sinkhole As Reason To Approve Chicago Casino

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday used the example of a big sinkhole that swallowed a car on Saturday to make a point about the need for a Chicago casino – a not-so-subtle shot at Gov. Pat Quinn’s reluctance to sign a bill that would allow for a major expansion of gambling in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2011

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State Hopes To Hit Jackpot With Des Plaines Casino

The State of Illinois is hoping to hit the jackpot with the area’s newest casino in Des Plaines.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Casino Gambling

On 2nd Try, Gambling Bill Gets House Committee OK

A huge expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois is headed to the House floor.

05/28/2011

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Support Growing For Medical Marijuana In Illinois

Support is growing in Springfield for legalizing medical marijuana.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

A .38 Caliber Pistol. (CBS)

Bill To Keep FOID Card List Secret Passes Committee

A measure that would keep the state’s list of registered gun owners private has advanced in the Illinois House.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances In Illinois House

If you suffer from chronic pain or are a cancer, HIV or Hepatitis C patient, you may soon be able to get a 21/2-ounce dose of medical marijuana.

WBBM Newsradio–03/10/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State Seeks To Block Ruling Against Capital Program

The Illinois Attorney General’s office will try today to put on hold a state appeals court ruling that would undo Illinois’ major construction program.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2011

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