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Catholic bishops oppose recreational marijuana

CHICAGO -- Illinois’ six Catholic bishops are asking lawmakers not to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use, saying the consequences would outweigh any benefits, including those aimed changing the criminal justice system. As the…

Dick Durbin working with Trump to reduce drug prices

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator unveiled new legislation to lower drug prices during a visit to Springfield and said the effort could get support from the White House. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the pharmaceutical industry…

Medical marijuana now option for Illinois pain patients

SPRINGFIELD -- A pilot program that allows pain patients to use medical marijuana as an alternative to opioid painkillers is underway in Illinois with lawmakers hoping it will help reduce the number of fatal overdoses in the state. The…

Illinois workers placed on correct step pay plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says state employees will be placed on the correct step of the state pay plan on April 1. The reinstatement of long-postponed, experience-based salary increases is expected to affect…

Pritzker: Let Madigan recording probe play out

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wants to "see the investigation play out" after news that a federal investigation into the Chicago City Council included a secretly recorded conversation between House Speaker Michael Madigan and a…

Minimum wage hike top priority for Illinois Democrats

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Legislature starts in earnest Tuesday and with Democratic supermajorities in both chambers and a Democrat in the executive office, they’ll have to shore up a budget while moving forward with progressive agenda…

State offers $100 million in loans to federal workers

ISPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is offering $100 million in state funds to finance low-interest or interest-free loans to federal workers going without pay during the record government shutdown, officials said Wednesday. Democratic…

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