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  • Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism

    Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday started to sell his idea of loosening Illinois drug laws for possession of illegal substances like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, but some of those he has to convince said they're skeptical because he'll want tougher gun laws in return.
  • Emanuel defends 911 tax hike plan

    Emanuel defends 911 tax hike plan
    As Mayor Rahm Emanuel waits for Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision on a measure that would partially fix the finances of city worker pension funds, the mayor isn’t saying whether a 911 fee increase on phone bills would allow him to avoid a property tax...

    Chicago could get to write own rules on medical marijuana facilities

    Chicago could get to write own rules on medical marijuana facilities
    SPRINGFIELD — Chicago would become the only city in the state allowed to write its own rules on where medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers could set up shop under legislation the Illinois Senate passed on Thursday. Sponsoring...

    Illinois lawmakers looking to avoid 'Springfield belly'

    SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois lawmakers, long known for being unable to get a handle on the state’s finances, soon could find themselves vying to see who is “The Biggest Loser.” It's not what you might think. A Downstate legislator is...

    Quinn taps Paul Vallas for 2014 running mate

    Quinn taps Paul Vallas for 2014 running mate
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate for next year's election. Vallas, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 against Rod Blagojevich, fills...