Thursday, May 9, 2013
A bill that has already passed the Illinois House could pave the way for limited prescriptions of pot.
By Steven Jack Illinois lawmakers may be poised to enact one of the toughest medical marijuana laws in the nation after a Senate Committee moved a bill Wednesday allowing those with a limited list of illness to obtain a prescription for the drug. The bill has passed the Illinois House and Gov. Pat Quinn has said he is open to the proposal,reported the Chicago Tribune. The Senate Committee voted 10-5 even after law enforcement officials objected on the grounds that the bill does not include provisions for driving under the influence of marijuana, the Trib reported. The law would allow patients to obtain 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Sixty pot dispensaries would be set up throughout the state. The bill is sponsored by former State…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to advocate cutting 3 percent of the education budget to deal with the pension crisis.
Bloom High School District 206 schools may soon have to work with even tighter funding as Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to advocate cutting 3 percent of the education budget to alleviate pension costs, the Chicago Tribune reports. That equates to a $278 million reduction in funds for high schools and elementary schools, and it will be the third dramatic budget blow from the state to local schools in three years. "When you have that tremendous amount of money that you have to put in the pension (system), something's got to give," Quinn told the Tribune. Homewood Rep. Will Davis said lawmakers need to figure out an alternative to education cuts during a House debate last week. As expected, local schools are not happy about the news. "It's a …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
On Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, the state will stage public hearings to discuss a new concealed carry handgun law for Illinois.
Gun control hearings will convene before an Illinois House committee later this month, says Speaker Mike Madigan, and there will be much talk about a new concealed carry law. One hearing will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The other will be in Springfield on Feb. 19 at the Capitol. “In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it’s appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," reads a statement from Madigan. "These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun-safety advocates, gun-rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to …
Monday, December 3, 2012
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Jim Edgar tells Reboot Illinois that tax hikes, program cuts and leadership are desperately needed in Springfield. And Pat Quinn brings you Squeezy the Python.
With Democrats now holding a supermajority in the Illinois House and Senate as well as the governor's office, one might suppose a Democratic agenda would be a slam dunk in Springfield. As recent years have shown, however, single-party control doesn't guarantee the wheels of government grind smoothly. And former Gov. Jim Edgar, who served from 1991 to 1999, suggests that probably won't change anytime soon. In a wide-ranging interview with the new website Reboot Illinois, Edgar says Springfield is less dysfunctional when the two parties share power. "More times than not I think split government works pretty well. The reason is to make the tough decisions you need both parties. It’s hard to get one party to put up all the votes and take all …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
David Gonzalez's appointment to the Illinois Toll Highway Authority came as a result of his accounting background.
Gov. Pat Quinn appointed several individuals to the state’s more than 320 boards and commissions Monday. Quinn filled positions on several university boards, the state Gaming Board, the Illinois Racing Board, the Pollution Control Board and several others. Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez made the governor's long list of executive appointments, landing a seat on the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. "(Gonzalez) will serve as a strong voice for the South Suburbs, an area expected to experience significant growth," a press release from the governor's office stated. The mayor's background in accounting and experience as Chicago Heights Park District superintendent, as well as police and fire commissioner, were cited as valuable …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Former Chicago Heights Mayor Anthony DeLuca sponsored the bill.
Local governments will have the power to evict tenants that use rental property to commit criminal activity, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn this week. The new law will require landlords to provide additional disclosure about criminal activity in their leases, according to State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, who proposed the legislation. “By taking on crime in neighborhood rental properties we are doing more to ensure families in our communities are safe in their own homes,” DeLuca said. “As a former local mayor, I supported a policy to help reduce the crime rate by asking for more coordination between landlords and law enforcement," DeLuca added. "This new crime-free rental housing legislation aims to curtail crime through this …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday the south suburbs would benefit greatly from his economic development efforts.
- Bob Bong
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Gov. Pat Quinn made a trip to the Southland on Monday to boost local redevelopment efforts, signing two bills in Tinley Park proponents say will make it easier for south suburban towns to fund their economic plans. The first of the two bills Quinn signed at the Southland Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting at the Tinley Park Convention Center will make it easier for municipalities across the state to appropriate funds for economic development. The second bill will extend the deadline for Markham to finalize a special taxing district. Quinn signed the bills after a 30-minute talk to a packed house at the monthly meeting of the Southland Chamber, a group that promotes the south suburbs' economic interests. During his remarks, Quinn touched …