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John E. Bradley
Excerpts from recent editorials in Illinois newspapers

May 8, 2015 The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan A step toward ending the pot war Lives wasted. Billions spent. The decriminalization of marijuana isn't merely right-minded social policy. It's the fiscally conservative thing to do. Legislation to make possession of up to 15 grams on par with a traffic ticket breezed through the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee Wednesday, on its way to the floor. Urban Democrats propelled it through the House this past week. But Republicans, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, and rural Democrats, are doing all they can to stall the march toward reasonable permissiveness. It's no secret that the state budget is a train wreck, caused by...