| Jul 31, 2014
Friday's print column You’d think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open. A year ago Friday, Gov....
| Aug 1, 2014
You'd think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open.
A year ago Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:10 AM
State lawmakers have set final rules to allow medical marijuana in Illinois, opening the door for patients to apply for ID cards this fall and to start purchasing legal cannabis by next spring.
Those hoping to get in on the new industry, though,...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 11:26 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois voters this fall will get to decide a pair of constitutional amendments on ballot protections and crime victim rights.
The Senate voted today to put both questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.
House Speaker Michael Madigan’s...
| May 21, 2014
| 1:17 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Children who suffer from epilepsy would be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition under legislation the House overwhelmingly approved today.
The measure would add epilepsy to the list of ailments treatable under the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:11 PM
When he was Chicago Public Schools CEO, Paul Vallas developed a reputation as a control freak who thought he was the smartest guy in the room while he sometimes upstaged his boss, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.
On Tuesday, the new Democratic lieutenant...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 5:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- House Republicans today took what is likely to be futile stab at ending Illinois' ritual of putting off controversial issues until after an election --- a time when lame-duck lawmakers often get called upon to cast a controversial vote...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:29 AM
An obscure panel of lawmakers unexpectedly shot down video gambling reforms Tuesday, leaving regulators grasping to close loopholes in the lucrative business.
Aaron Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, which proposed the reforms, said he was...
| Oct 8, 2013
A wave of video gambling establishments catering to women is starting to sweep across Illinois — cozy, well-lit spots with names like Stella's Place, Emma's Eatery, Dotty's and Betty's Bistro.
They're a far cry from the stereotypical male-...
| Dec 30, 2013
Illinois lawmakers promised years ago to finally get rid of video poker machines that had long gone unregulated and untaxed in dark corners of bars across the state.
In turn, they legalized video gambling machines that were taxed and tightly controlled....
| Jan 22, 2014
A Niles task force of residents and village officials is expected to make its recommendation next month on whether to overturn the suburb's ban on video gambling.
Created in October by Mayor Andrew Przybylo, the task force held two days of hearings...