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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 »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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By The Associated Press

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state's medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's... 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 »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lawmakers Want State to Move Toward Legalizing Pot

Lawmakers Want State to Move Toward Legalizing Pot

Officials said they'll call on the Illinois General Assembly to create a task force to research, develop and propose legislation to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana in Illinois. 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 »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Plan Sets Zoning Restrictions on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Plan Sets Zoning Restrictions on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Edward Burke are seeking to limit where medical marijuana dispensaries and growing operations can set up in the city. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Agencies Hash Out Medical Marijuana Rules

Illinois Agencies Hash Out Medical Marijuana Rules

Illinois officials have begun setting up a system to let people buy medical marijuana in the state. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Medical Marijuana Clinic Readies To Open in Chicago

Medical Marijuana Clinic Readies To Open in Chicago

Even before Gov. Pat Quinn put ink to paper Thursday on a bill that legalizes medical marijuana in Illinois, the state's self-proclaimed first clinic readies for its grand opening. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Michelle Relerford

Illinois Becomes 20th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

As expected Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed legislation laced with strict regulations to make Illinois the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana. "I feel that this is something, whatever faith we practice,... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Clock Ticking On Quinn's Medical Marijuana Decision

The clock is ticking for Gov. Pat Quinn to make a decision about proposed medical marijuana legislation in Illinois, and supporters are hoping for a signature before the August deadline. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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