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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 »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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By AP

Gov. Quinn Reviewing Medical Marijuana Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's reviewing a bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana. The Chicago Democrat told the City Club of Chicago on Monday he's "open minded" on the issue but wouldn't say if he'll... Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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By AP

Illinois Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Illinois Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Medical marijuana use in Illinois is now in Gov. Pat Quinn's hands after the state Senate approved legislation. Lawmakers voted 35-21 Friday to send the measure to Quinn for final approval. Quinn hasn't signaled... Read »

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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By Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Simon Supports Medical Marijuana

Lt. Gov. Simon Supports Medical Marijuana

Simon told The Associated Press her initial reaction wasn't in support but after hearing from people with illnesses she changed her mind. She said it's a tightly-restricted plan. Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Medical Marijuana

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Medical Marijuana

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. 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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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

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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.

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Barack Obama

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