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Friday, Mar 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

"Top 10 Tips" for Medical Marijuana Patients

The Illinois Department of Public Health released its top 10 tips for people... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Objects to Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill

Republican gubernatorial candidate says he wouldn't have signed bill, believes process is corrupt. Read »

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 »

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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 .