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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Legalizing Pot in Illinois: Why Delay the Inevitable?

Legalizing Pot in Illinois: Why Delay the Inevitable?

It's a joint effort. Monday afternoon Cook County commissioner John Fritchey (with other elected officials in tow) took his long-standing campaign to legalize pot downtown Chicago, where he staged a press... 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 »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Lauren Petty, Charlie Wojciechowski & Lisa Balde

County Board Approves Cig, Gun Taxes

New taxes could generate as much as $40 million in the face of a $240 million budget deficit. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

McCarthy "Not a Fan" of Decriminalizing Pot

While Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy admits he's "not a fan" of a plan to fully decriminalize the possession of marijuana, he does believe there is a happy medium between that and taking a possessor... Read »

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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By Phil Rogers

County Closer to Firing Medical Examiner

After much back and forth, the Cook County finance committee Thursday approved a measure to make firing the county's medical examiner much easier. Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Official Wants County Deeds Office Eliminated

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) wants the County Recorder of Deeds office closed to save money. Read »

Monday, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

John Fritchey, Job Hopper

If John Fritchey runs for mayor, it will be the fifth office he's sought in the last three years. Read »

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