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  • Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes

    Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes
    The Illinois legislature joined the movement to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, passing a measure Thursday that would bar arrest for the offense.
  • Lawmaker wants ban on grant announcements before elections

    Lawmaker wants ban on grant announcements before elections
    A Republican lawmaker who co-chaired hearings into the anti-violence grant scandal under former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for more state oversight and a ban on the practice of splashy grant announcements made by elected officials in the weeks...

    New school funding bill won't change much

    New school funding bill won't change much
    A new version of a proposed state law changing Illinois' school funding formula isn't much more popular than its predecessor, with some Southland school officials saying they still stand to lose too much. "They are throwing more money at it, but it does...

    House committee studying Illinois' school funding

    With the state's dire budget situation serving as an impetus, a bipartisan panel of House members Wednesday took up work begun by Democrats last summer to replace Illinois' school funding formula. The task force, announced last week by House Speaker...

    More questions on state grants

    More questions on state grants
    Back in late 2010, Apostle Carl White helped pick who would receive a lucrative state grant — then got $5,000 from the winning recipient. "It didn't seem like a big deal to anybody," White recalled. But now the state is seeking to recover the...