Sylvia, a Champaign resident, uses a medical cannabis vaporizer pen to treat Multiple Sclerosis.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 26, 2016

Where Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Stands

The pilot program currently has about 6,000 patients, not close to what advocates were hoping for at this point.  They say there are number of reasons behind that - including the application process, and the state's failure to expand the list of qualifying conditions.  Without legislative action, it will expire in January 2018. 

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan reaches out to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 25, 2016

Illinois House Speaker Writing Own Budget, Defying Governor

An attempt to reach a deal on Governor Bruce Rauner's pro-business, anti-labor demands isn't working out for House Democrats, who are set to go it alone on a new state budget.  House Speaker Michael Madigan says he told the Republican governor during a meeting Wednesday "he's not being real persuasive'' in negotiations that he's established with various groups of lawmakers. The measure passed later Wednesday, as House Republicans howled in protest.

A sign in front of a home on Urbana's Lincoln Avenue protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
May 25, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court To Review Hospital Taxation Issue

The state's high court will review a case regarding the constitutionality of hospital tax exemptions, and will hear arguments involving Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.  A lower court ruled in January that the 2012 state law allowing hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional.

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