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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM
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By Carla K. Johnson

Medical Marijuana Rules OK'd by Illinois Committee

An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state's medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits. Read »

Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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By Associated Press

Medical Marijuana Poses Workplace Dilemma

Medical Marijuana Poses Workplace Dilemma

Illinoisans hoping to make use of the state's fledgling medical marijuana law may risk their jobs if their employers opt to maintain or adopt zero-tolerance drug policies. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Illinois House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Senate to take up proposal, Quinn unsure whether he would sign it. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Lawmaker Has High Hopes For Medical Marijuana Bill

Lawmaker Has High Hopes For Medical Marijuana Bill

Bill's sponsor, Rep. Lou Lang, believes he has enough votes for House passage. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .