Ward Room
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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.

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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