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Illinois police authorities will be in “a tough spot” when the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal on Jan. 1.


Illinois law-enforcement officials are “incredibly unprepared” for the potential upswing in impaired driving that could result from legalization of recreational use of marijuana. That view of the impact of House Bill 1438 came from a Chicago-area police officer spearheading a pilot program … Continue reading

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Illinois Pot Industry Buzzing With Union Drives—-Union Label on Weed


The marijuana industry is expected to generate thousands of high-wage jobs in Illinois over the next decade, and there’s a strong chance cannabis growers and sellers will be hiring union labor. Legislation (H.B. 1438) legalizing cannabis for recreational use Jan. … Continue reading

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Inflated Costs Boost Costs to End Users as Trucking Companies are Hit Hard by Increased Taxes in Illinois


Drivers aren’t the only ones frustrated with the increase in the Illinois gas tax, trucking companies also fear this tax increase could cost them thousands.  Illinois lawmakers voted to increase the fuel tax, to pay for the $45 billion capital plan.That … Continue reading

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Illinois Extends It’s Role As The “Nanny State”


This is idiotic. A requirement for graduation? What if you are brilliant or an athlete and have been given a free ride? Okay, this is all my opinion. However, I suspect this is another case of the State of Illinois … Continue reading

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House skirts lawmaker salary-freeze vote, in line for $1,600 increase


The House surprised the Senate by slipping a pay raise into budget legislation, then refusing to take action on the Senate’s attempt to reverse it. Illinois lawmakers are in line for a $1,600-a-year salary increase after the House surprised the … Continue reading

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Before you light up your joints, there are some things you should know.


Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Illinois after a plan passed both the state House and the Senate this week.  But before you light up your joints, here are five things you should know:  What still needs to happen?  … Continue reading

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Legalized marijuana linked to a sharp rise in car crashes


There has been an increase by up to 6 percent in the number of highway crashes in four of the states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/legalized-marijuana-linked-sharp-rise-car-crashes-n921511

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SURPRISE……..STAND BY…….Governor Pritzker has just announced that he isn’t finished and told the General Assembly to stay and work through the weekend…….WOW!!!….And Illinois House approves marijuana legalization bill backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker


Illinois is one signature away from joining the 10 other states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana. With a bipartisan vote of 66-47, the House approved a bill Friday that would allow residents age 21 and older to legally possess 30 … Continue reading

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Leaving Legislature lucrative for Ed Burke brother now drawing $160K in pensions


Chicago and Illinois taxpayers are still supporting ex-state Rep. Dan Burke. Despite losing a reelection bid last year, the brother of Ald. Edward M. Burke gets two taxpayer-subsidized pensions — expected to pay him a total this year of nearly … Continue reading

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The Property Tax Appeal Game in Cook County


The property-tax-assessment process in Cook County is convoluted by design. But here’s how it works in simple terms: First, the Cook County Assessor’s Office assesses the value of every property in the county. The value of any given property is … Continue reading

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